The Radio 1 Breakfast Show

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The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Other names The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Genre Music, chat
Running time 210 minutes (6:30 am–10:00 am)
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Host(s) Nick Grimshaw
Producer(s) Victoria Easton, Fiona Hanlon
Exec. producer(s) Andy Worrell
Recording studio Studio 82A, Broadcasting House, London
Air dates since 30 September 1967
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mrh21
Podcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r1grimmy

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show is the flagship show on BBC Radio 1. Since 24 September 2012 it has been hosted by Nick Grimshaw, who took over from the show's longest-serving presenter to date Chris Moyles.

History[edit]

The first breakfast show presenter was Tony Blackburn, who spoke the first words on Radio 1 and remained in the slot for nearly six years. Other DJs who have hosted the breakfast show for more than five years are Mike Read, Simon Mayo and Chris Moyles. Moyles is the longest serving Radio 1 breakfast show presenter, having hosted The Chris Moyles Show for eight-and-a-half years.

Hosts[edit]

Presenter From To Duration
Blackburn, TonyTony Blackburn 30 September 1967 (1967-09-30) 1 June 1973 (1973-06-01) 5 years, 8 months
Edmonds, NoelNoel Edmonds 4 June 1973 (1973-06-04) 29 April 1978 (1978-04-29) 4 years, 10 months
Travis, Dave LeeDave Lee Travis 2 May 1978 (1978-05-02) December 1980 (1980-12) 2 years, 7 months
Read, MikeMike Read January 1981 (1981-01) April 1986 (1986-04) 5 years, 3 months
Smith, MikeMike Smith May 1986 (1986-05) May 1988 (1988-05) 2 years
Mayo, SimonSimon Mayo May 1988 (1988-05) September 1993 (1993-09) 5 years, 4 months
Goodier, MarkMark Goodier October 1993 (1993-10) December 1993 (1993-12) 2 months
Wright, SteveSteve Wright January 1994 (1994-01) 21 April 1995 (1995-04-21) 1 year, 3 months
Evans, ChrisChris Evans 24 April 1995 (1995-04-24) 17 January 1997 (1997-01-17) 1 year, 8 months
Mark and Lard 10 February 1997 (1997-02-10) 10 October 1997 (1997-10-10) 8 months
Kevin Greening and Zoë Ball 13 October 1997 (1997-10-13) 25 September 1998 (1998-09-25) 11 months
Ball, ZoeZoë Ball 12 October 1998 (1998-10-12) March 2000 (2000-03) 1 year, 4 months
Cox, SaraSara Cox 31 March 2000 (2000-03-31) 19 December 2003 (2003-12-19) 3 years, 8 months
Moyles, ChrisChris Moyles 5 January 2004 (2004-01-05) 14 September 2012 (2012-09-14) 8 years, 8 months
Grimshaw, NickNick Grimshaw 24 September 2012 (2012-09-24) present 2 years, 8 months

Current incarnation[edit]

Nick Grimshaw replaced Moyles as host of the breakfast show on 24 September 2012.[1] Features include Call or Delete – a game carried on from his previous show on Radio 1, where celebrity guests choose to either prank call a contact on their phone or delete their number altogether.[2] Other segments include The Nixtape – which sees Grimshaw select 30 minutes of party-oriented music before a DJ comes in to mix listener requests to close the week, Happy Monday, a half hour of uplifting songs on Monday mornings, Showquizness, an irreverent daily quiz based around pop culture, Happy Hardcore FM, which sees listeners phone into the show to scream over happy hardcore beats, and the daily Waking Up Song, which features celebrities encouraging listeners to get out of bed to the sound of Pharoahe Monch. Grimshaw's incarnation of the breakfast show has received strong critical reviews through his tenure[3][4] but has polarised public opinion, which is reflected in the show's often fluctuating listening figures - as of February 2015, the show has 5.9 million listeners, with a small increase in listenership of 100,000.[5]

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