A LOCAL radio station has splashed out on a new presenter for its weekday breakfast show, although some listeners may recognise his voice.
New Splash FM weekday breakfast show host Kevin King is more used to working weekends, having presented the station’s Saturday breakfast and Sunday mid-morning shows since February.
Speaking after his weekday breakfast show debut on Monday, Kevin said: “It went well. It’s all very exciting.”
Kevin has been a breakfast radio stalwart for 25 years, with stints at Capital Gold, South Coast Radio, Ocean Sound and Spirit FM.
He said: “When you go somewhere new, you want to make sure you fall into the right style. Breakfast radio is a beast of its own. There’s so much in it that you really have to concentrate when you’re new.”
As with many of the county’s professional DJs, Kevin’s career began on hospital radio.
At the age of 17, he had a show at Harefield hospital, North London, where he also scooped his first celebrity interview, with comedian Eric Morecambe – who was at the hospital for heart surgery.
“He couldn’t have been nicer. He was so accommodating and so lovely,” said Kevin.
Kevin landed his first professional job in 1984, when Swansea Sound was looking for a night-time host.
As well as radio, Kevin used to DJ at clubs in London during the 1980s. He explained how, one night, Stevie Wonder gate-crashed a party he was DJing at and asked Kevin to play the album version of I Just Called to Say I Love You.
Speaking about what he has in store for the breakfast show, Kevin said: “There is so much that we are doing at the moment.
“It’s very rare to be doing this much in the first few weeks. It is a great team here, really creative, and they have loads of good ideas.”
Splash FM is currently running a contest to find the ‘best song ever’, with classic hits going head-to-head in a knock-out competition.
Kevin said he admired radio presenters like Chris Evans and Kenny Everett for their creativity and ability to entertain.
He said: “At breakfast time you need someone who will be entertaining and talk about stuff that relates to you. Everything is about being entertaining, you don’t want people switching off.
“Keep them hanging on and carrying on listening. Don’t do stuff that will upset people. Be funny and get people involved too.
“I love what I do. I’m very, very lucky. Lots of my contemporaries haven’t lasted half as long as I have doing this job.”
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