Robin Galloway

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Robin Galloway
Born (1961-12-18) 18 December 1961 (age 55)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Occupation Radio presenter and executive
Website http://www.robingalloway.com

Robin Galloway (born 18 December 1961) is a Scottish radio and TV broadcaster, currently working for Heart Scotland. He is also a freelance voice over agent.

Career[edit]

Robin Galloway began his career in March 1983 as a presenter for Northsound Radio in Aberdeen. While working at the station, he joined Grampian Television (now STV North) as a continuity announcer and newsreader. Robin presented a number of regional programmes for the station including feedback series Put It In Writing (1991–94),[1][2] and Grampian's local & networked contributions for the ITV Telethons, and at Clyde 1 during 1993. During the Summer 1996, Robin was short- listed for the role of new male presenter in a revamp of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, but failed to get the job[3]

Scot FM and KEY FM[edit]

Robin left Grampian in 1995[4] to work on the breakfast show for the Central Scotland regional station Scot FM, which saw his rating increase by nearly 400%, helping boost SCOT FM. Robin left the station in March 1997 after a series of clashes with then Programme director Jeff Graham.[5] Robin originally planned to work out the remaining time after handing in his notice,[6] But Scot FM boses replaced him within days and concupiscence forced him to sign the agreement which banned him for taking any new jobs in Scotland. Scot FM insisted on a gagging order.[7] Later that year, Robin moved to Manchester to presented Drivertime show on Key 103[8] with stints at 100.4 Jazz FM, During this time, he also presented for Granada Sky Broadcasting and Discovery.

In March 1999 Robin started presenting a Sunday lunchtime show on Scot FM from his new home studio in Manchester which was paid for by Scot FM,[9] his studio was also used present a Saturday morning show on Northsound 1 and Overnight slot on Century 105.

Return to Scot FM Breakfast show[edit]

In December 2000 he became the Scot FM breakfast DJ for the second time, and by May 2001 he had increased his Listenership by 55%.[10] He was joined on breakfast by Marie-Clair, Robin also created a number of Characters and sketches for the Scot FM show,

  • Cecil & Sandy: Two hairdresser from the shop Curlup and Die on Balshagme Avenue,
  • Winston: A Jamaican with no morals,
  • Shug the Schemie: Shug the salesman comes into the studio daily with his 'special offers' of dodgy goods.
  • Old Mrs Galloway and Hector Brocklebank from the wind up calls.

In June 2001, the Guardian Media Group acquired Scot FM from previous owners, the Wireless Group, this resulted in a major overhaul of the station including an on-air rebrand. Real Radio Scotland began broadcasting at 8am on Tuesday 8 January 2002 with Robin having the honour of opening the station, and introducing the first song to be played, A Star is Born.[11] Not all of his Non Wind up Characters carried over to Real Radio. Marie-Clair left in January 2004 and was replaced by Cat Harvey, who become Robin's new Co-host.

Since 2004, Galloway has written a weekly column for The Scottish Sun, which is published every Friday.[12]

Clyde[edit]

After being Real Radio Scotland Breakfast DJ for ten years, Galloway left the station in November 2010 shortly after an incident in which his producer ran in the nude past Labour Party leader Ed Miliband while he was being interviewed.[13]

In January 2011, Galloway rejoined Clyde 1 in Glasgow to present the station's weekday drivetime show.[14] In addition, Galloway began presenting a Sunday morning show on 9 October 2011 for the Bauer Scotland network of FM stations including Clyde 1, Forth One, Tay FM, Northsound 1, 96.7 West FM and MFR.[15]

In June 2013, Bauer, the owners of Clyde, announced that Robin was moving over to the AM frequency to start a new networked breakfast show for Clyde 2, Forth 2, Northsound 2, Tay AM and West Sound, as part of its audience growth plans.[16] A Bauer spokesperson said: “His new show is an integral part of Bauer Media’s plans to bring the very best programming and content to audiences across the whole of Scotland, whilst also retaining, producing and broadcasting local news, sport, traffic and travel and ‘what’s on’ information from each of the local Greatest Hits Network stations it serves: Clyde 2, Forth 2, Northsound 2, Tay AM and West Sound.”.[17][18]

Robin Galloway, said:"Right now I'm pinching myself. To host a brand new breakfast show for Scotland is not only an honour but way beyond my wildest dreams. Of course, as I'll be rising in the middle of the night, that's it for the dreaming. The new show will feature some of my signature segments plus brand new features, the greatest hits and of course everything you need to start your day. It really will be the most entertainment you can have with your clothes on - if you know what I mean."

His last day on Clyde 1 Drive time show was 6 June 2013,[19] with the breakfast show starting on Monday 1 July. His network Sunday show continued, to broadcast to Bauer Radio Scottish FM stations until early October 2014.

Heart[edit]

On 20 October 2014, it was announced Robin Galloway was being hired to become the new breakfast show host for Heart Scotland. He replaced Ewen Cameron, who left the station to pursue other opportunities.[20]

Wind ups[edit]

A long-standing feature of Galloway's radio shows were his wind-up phone calls, first heard on Northsound 1, before becoming a fixture on Scot FM shows and Real Radio Scotland's breakfast show. Annual compilation CDs of the wind-up calls were released, with the 2007 edition achieving Gold sales status.[21]

In December 2012, Galloway decided to give the segment a hiatus as a mark of respect to nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide after being on the receiving end of another radio show's prank.[22] Robin admitted a few years later in 2015, he was deeply affected by the tragedy.[23] In November 2015l the wind up calls were brought back to his Breakfast show titled the "8:10 Phone Tap".

Awards[edit]

  • In 1999, Galloway won Gold at The New York Radio festivals, For the Best Breakfast show in the world [24]
  • Ace award for World's Best Local Radio Personality.[25]
  • Two British radio awards.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Put It in Writing". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Put It in Writing". BFI. 
  3. ^ DJ Robin tipped for Big Brekkie. Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) July 24, 1996
  4. ^ The Grampian Television Studios
  5. ^ DJ Robin dumps Scot FM, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)March 10, 1997
  6. ^ Radio chiefs dump Robin Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) March 21, 1997
  7. ^ Radio chiefs gag DJ Robin 27 May 1997 Daily Record
  8. ^ DJ Robin lands a new job Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) March 11, 1997
  9. ^ DJ Robin's home service Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) March 4, 1999
  10. ^ 2001 Spring figures released by RAJAR.
  11. ^ agnes stevenson (2002-01-08). "A new station joins the air wars". The Herald. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  12. ^ http://www.robingalloway.com/images/stories/press/robin_galloway_sun_article.pdf
  13. ^ Bendoris, Matt (2010-11-06). "Robin Galloway axed over nude joke on Ed Miliband | The Sun |Home Scotland|Scottish News". Thescottishsun.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  14. ^ Robin Galloway reprieved by Radio Clyde, stv.tv, 5 January 2011
  15. ^ Galloway to do network Bauer Scotland show, Radio Today, 6 October 2011
  16. ^ Formoda - Cached: 03/03/2015 @ 18:07:41. "Robin Galloway to host new Breakfast show in Scotland". RadioCentre Ltd. 
  17. ^ "Robin Galloway and Boogie in ratings battle". scotsman.com. 
  18. ^ "Galloway to host new breakfast show on Bauer's Greatest Hits Network". allmediascotland.com. 
  19. ^ "The Sun". thescottishsun.co.uk. 
  20. ^ Robin Galloway to leave Bauer for Heart Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:12 pm by Roy Martin.
  21. ^ Galloway goes gold, Radio Today, 20 December 2007
  22. ^ Hoax call ceasefire from Clyde 1's Robin Galloway after Royal prank call nurse commits suicide, Daily Record, 8 December 2012
  23. ^ Lyons, Beverley (18 February 2015). "Former radio bad boy Robin Galloway on why he'll never do another prank call and working with new co-host Adele". Daily Record. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  24. ^ Robin Galloway | Clyde 2
  25. ^ "Joker DJ winds up with ace award". thefreelibrary.com. 
  26. ^ "Robin Galloway Joins Clyde 1". allmediascotland.com. 

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