Two former Riverside Radio presenters will have their shows on BBC Radio 1 this Christmas!

Riverside Radio is delighted two of its former volunteer presenters have made it onto the BBC Radio 1 presenting list this Christmas.
Instead of Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, listeners will be waking up with Riverside Radio’s Robyn Richford. Robyn has only recently departed our Battersea studios as she was getting so many offers of presenting work from her show on Fun Kids Radio to presenting CITV’s Scrambled at the weekend.

"I'm absolutely BUZZING to be let loose on Radio 1 - let's say goodbye to 2020 with a bang."

28 year old Dean McCullogh started out on what was Wandsworth Radio’s Breakfast show back in 2016 and quickly caught the radio bug moving on to become a regular host on Gaydio in Manchester, where he now presents the Breakfast show.

"There is no better feeling than sitting around with your mates having a bit of craic and playing amazing music and that’s exactly what we are doing this Christmas”

You can hear Robyn on BBC Radio 1 Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st December from 6-10am and Dean on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st 10am-2pm.

Every year from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, Radio 1 showcases the best in new and emerging talent by giving new DJs and presenters a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast on the UK’s biggest youth radio station.

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of BBC Radio 1, says: “We introduced this initiative in 2019 as a way of giving some new young presenters a chance to showcase their talent on a national level.  One year on, it’s proven to be a fantastic springboard, with many of the presenters landing follow up gigs on Radio 1 and beyond. I can’t wait to hear our latest batch of presenters on air over the festive period, and I look forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for them all.”

Radio 1 put out the call for presenters back in October, asking for submissions from anyone with previous radio experience, be it in community, hospital, student or local radio. The new roster have the chance to follow in the footsteps of the station’s current DJs including Greg James and Nick Grimshaw who both started out presenting on student stations, Clara Amfo who began her career as a radio intern, and Annie Mac who previously worked as Assistant Producer to Zane Lowe.

Riverside Radio Director Jason Rosam who also started out on community radio and now presents the networked Early Breakfast show on Local BBC Radio said:  

“Both Robyn and Dean are brilliant presenters who crafted their skills at our small radio station in Battersea and now reach the heights, presenting a show on one of the biggest radio stations in the world.
I am thrilled for both of them and am glad Riverside Radio plays a part in progressing the careers of so many talented people who want to gain employment and access to the media. All our volunteers and supporters will be listening with pride.”

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