Today Global put an end to all the rumours as the media & entertainment group confirmed the launch of the most hotly anticipated new radio station across the UK in recent years, and the long-awaited return of one of radio’s biggest personalities.
On Monday September 21st Chris Moyles will be back on the air from 06.30-10.00 a.m. to give the nation its first taste of Radio X, a brand new national radio station playing the best fresh rock and guitar-based music across the UK.
Global went on to confirm household name presenters Vernon Kay on mid-mornings, Johnny Vaughan at drive and Kaiser Chiefs’ front man Ricky Wilson at weekends will join the all star line-up. This concludes several months of guesswork from the media industry, with more big names mooted than there have been rumours about Oasis getting back together. Together with Chris Moyles at breakfast, they will inject a huge dose of personality into the new station.
The station will replace XFM and add significant firepower to Global’s portfolio of radio brands giving the group, and the commercial radio sector, the first truly male-focused, fully national music and entertainment brand for 25-44 year olds.
Ricky Wilson, Radio X weekend presenter, said: “XFM was the first station to invite me and the band down for a session, way before we were even called Kaiser Chiefs. They were right there for us and many, many other bands from the very beginning of their histories, through all incarnations, career ups and downs, break ups and come backs. Even talking recently to other bands and musicians about the station, everyone has very fond things to say about it so it makes me both proud and excited to be right there at the beginning of a new chapter as Radio X launches as the new rebel of the airwaves.”
Radio X will be home to the world’s freshest rock and guitar-based music playing the biggest songs from these genres. Regulars on the playlist will include Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Maccabees, Radiohead, Nirvana, The Smiths, Royal Blood, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Kings of Leon.
Radio X will champion new music, taking over from XFM, which has been instrumental in breaking acts including Royal Blood, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Everything Everything and Biffy Clyro.
Radio X will launch right across the UK on Monday September 21st at 06.30 a.m. with a new multi-million pound national advertising campaign. In the coming months, Chris Moyles will hit the road with some of his favourite bands and artists to bring listeners across the country a series of exclusive live music events. The strapline for the brand new Radio X is ‘Get into the Music’.
Radio X will be available all across the UK on the digital radio platform D1 as well as on 104.9FM in London and 97.7FM in Manchester from Monday September 21st 2015. Its brand new mobile app will launch before September 21st.