20 April 1973 |
Withington, Lancashire, England
|Known for||Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show|
|Website||Profile at AbsoluteRadio.co.uk|
Geoff Lloyd (born 20 April 1973 in Withington, Lancashire) is a British radio presenter best known for his radio shows on Virgin Radio and Absolute Radio, including the Pete And Geoff Breakfast Show (January 2003 to December 2005, alongside Pete Mitchell), The Geoff Show (January 2006 to September 2008, with his co-host Annabel Port) and Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show (September 2008 to present, again with Port).
He is a noted Beatles and 1960s fan which is frequently reflected in his personal style and choice of music; Lloyd played an entire Beatles album without interval on the radio in 2006. During his radio shows Lloyd frequently makes references to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and presents a two-hour show entitled Beatles Brunch on Absolute Radio 60s on Sunday mornings.
Lloyd grew up in Macclesfield, Cheshire, a South Manchester satellite town. After working as a paperboy, in 1989 he began working at a local print works after school, earning £1 an hour. He later worked at Margin Music, a local record shop, almost tripling his hourly rate!
The duo rapidly established a cult following with their witty and slightly risque banter, and in 1998 won a Sony radio Academy Award for their show.
During October 2012 on his Hometime Show, Lloyd revealed that he was adopted as a child.
In late 1998 they were subsequently recruited by Virgin Radio, where they took over the weekday evening show and also covered Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show, and again rapidly built up a significant audience. The pair took over the Drivetime (late afternoon) show in early 2002. By 2003, they were the most popular DJs on the station and were moved to the Breakfast Show to increase the audience. This they did very successfully, sticking to their well-established formula of off-the-cuff, humorous remarks concerning contemporary news and culture, with Mitchell tending to play the "straight man" to the more outrageous Lloyd. Lloyd occasionally courted controversy with some of his remarks, most notoriously when he expressed willingness to eat the limbs of a dead baby to ease poverty. A complaint against the station was upheld and Lloyd was reprimanded for his comments. Nevertheless, the audience for the show remained strong, despite (or possibly because of) Lloyd's willingness to stray to the edge of acceptability with his remarks.
On 28 November 2005 the duo announced that they were splitting up and leaving the Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. Their final show together took place on 16 December. While Geoff Lloyd remained at Virgin Radio (presenting the late-night show), Pete Mitchell left the station to pursue other projects. Christian O'Connell, from the Breakfast Show on London indie station XFM replaced the pair as host of the breakfast show on Virgin Radio in January 2006
In late September 2008, Lloyd began presenting the Absolute Radio drive-time programme, entitled Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show. It runs from 6pm through to 9pm each weekday, except on Fridays when it ends at 8pm.
Lloyd has made several television appearances, appearing on the Channel 4 show Richard & Judy on 8 December 2005 to celebrate the life of former Beatles member, John Lennon and again on 26 March 2007 to discuss the band Slade, together with the band's frontman Noddy Holder. He has also appeared on a commentary show for Big Brother, Big Brother's Little Brother, with Dermot O'Leary. Lloyd has also appeared as a celebrity contestant in the game shows Eggheads and Win, Lose or Draw Late.
In 2009, Lloyd worked alongside Annabel Port on a Channel 5 'fan show' for the drama series FlashForward. Titled FlashForward Friday, the online show was a weekly review on the latest episode of the series following its broadcast on Channel 5's primary television channel of the same name.
Lloyd has won several awards for his work on radio, including:
- 2010 Arqiva Commercial Radio Presenter of the Year (large – broadcasting to more than 1 million)
- 2007 European Radio Awards for Best Radio Personality
- 2002 The Gold Sony Radio Award for The Best Daily Music Programme for The Pete & Geoff Show – Virgin Radio
- 1998 The Silver Sony Radio Award for The Pete & Geoff Afternoon Show – Key 103
- "My First Job: Virgin Radio DJ Geoff Lloyd was a printer's devil". Education.independent.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
-  Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Plunkett, John. "LBC talkshow host Nick Ferrari wins two Arqiva Commercial Radio awards | Media". theguardian.com. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Geoff Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
- Absolute Radio.co.uk – The Geoff Show
- Geoff's profile at absoluteradio.co.uk