Chris Moyles has finally announced his last day with Radio 1 as 14th September 2012. Moyles has been with the show for 8 years, replacing Sara Cox and announced only last month that he will no longer be hosting the morning slot at Radio 1. This makes him the longest serving breakfast show presenter. His shoes will be filled by Nick Grimshaw on 24th September, with Scott Mills doing the in-between period.
Best known for features such as car park catch phrase, the quiz with Rob DJ and tedious link, the show has its many quirks. Accompanied by Dominic Byrne, Comedy Dave and Aled Jones, Tina Daheley, the group makes a winning team.
It was revealed that his listeners had dropped by 200.000 to 6.93 million since June. In six years he has never had figures under 7 million. He will no longer be on the morning slot, however is still under contract with Radio 1 until 2014 and therefore we will probably be hearing from him again in a new time on the station.
Chris began his life in radio when he was just 16 on Aire FM, based in Leeds and worked over six years on others including Radio Luxembourg and Capital FM. His near the knuckle banter meant that he became quickly noticed by the bosses at Radio 1. He began his time at Radio 1 in the 4am slot in 1997 and nine months later was given the Silver Sony Radio Award of DJ of the year. He called himself the ‘savior of early morning radio.’
He then moved to the late afternoon show, that Scott Mills now occupies with Comedy Dave which also won him a DJ of the year award from the Sun.
The show went on the road with the One Big Belly Tour in 2000 which travelled to places around the country and broadcasted from the likes of Scarborough, Weymouth and Newquay. It also broadcasted from Belgium and Holland in the Euro 2000 tournament. This was boosted by many live performances from celebrities.
Moyles also broadcasted live from LA and Vegas and his daytime show was increased by an hour. He is actively involved in Radio 1’s events such as One Big Weekend and One Big Sunday.
He has not only worked on radio but also had brief slots on TV in Live with Chris Moyles in 2002 and The Chris Moyles Show in 1999 and is now set to play King Herod, cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the new production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the theatre.
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