Steve Wright has issued a statement in advance of his last BBC Radio 2 afternoon show but offers indications that the major show will come back.
In a bizarre phrase, Steve said “In advance of our last Steve Wright in the Afternoon for a while” which suggests the show will be going to pause rather than continuing to be a success.
The Head of Radio 2, Helen Thomas Helen Thomas appointed Scott Mills from BBC Radio 1 to host the afternoon show however we have to suppose that Steve is still a part-time host on his contract in which he’ll host Sunday Love Songs and some new podcasts.
Once Steve is free from BBC commitments – it’s reasonable to say that the returning of SWITA is a factoid.
There are a few spots where the major show might be able to fit, such as, but not only, Virgin Radio, Greatest Hits Radio or even Smooth.
However, is it News, Bauer or Global who signed him up following the breakup of BBC? There’s sure to be gossip about the subject in the next few months.
Steve also states: “I’d like also to clean up something. No, I’m NOT retiring!! I repeat, I am NOT retiring!! !” (with a G at the very least).
Here’s the information in its entirety:
“I am aware that we’re all having a difficult moment right now So I hope that you’re okay if I simply say a few sentences to say how much I appreciate your taking the time to listen to our little show.
In the run-up to our last SWITA show for some time, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who have spent the time to listen to us at any point in the past 23 years. Personally, I would like to express my gratitude for the privilege it has been to provide you with great choices, conversations, news and entertainment, as well as high-humour and, of course, great guests.
I’m sure I’ve been very blessed to have this job and I’ve never considered it a privilege.
Through the years, I’ve attempted to improve the program constantly making changes and re-inventing the show, but staying relevant enjoyable, relatable and entertaining. And I’m delighted that lots of viewers have enjoyed our quirky humor and surreal humor.
Thanks to all the people that have spoken up on social media in recent days with support or words or even with remarks like, “it’s about time, mate!” Also, could I personally say thank to everyone who work in the entertainment and musical industry – the comedians, the musicians actors, the politicians, sportspeople Prime Ministers as well as royalty, experts and anyone else who has been willing to risk appearing.
Thanks to all of my radio colleagues currently on the show and friends, who are truly incredible. Also, a big massive thank you to our show’s guests, which includes AJ Jingles, the many voices of Lewis McLeod and Jon Culshaw The medical perspective from Doctor H (Hilary Jones), Richard Easter, BBC News reporters, correspondents as well as experts and analysts and other contributors to the show.
My wonderful co-hosts, I simply cannot express my gratitude enough to the amazing Janey Lee Grace, the perfect anchor Tim Smith, and to Bobbie Pryor, my co-host and traffic reporter who always brings interesting conversations on the air.
To our present producers to our current producers – Anthony, Andy and Paul Thank you for your consistent tireless and inspiring dedication to the show. You guys have been able to keep the show running every day. And thanks to Tom our booker of celebrity status and booker – another one of the best in the industry.
A final shout-out to all the wonderful sports and newsreaders I’ve had the pleasure to be able to work with for the program and to the long-suffering and amazing studio managers who are often tolerant of me screaming “Come on, cranky cranky!” (That’s radio slang to mean “can we turn it up?”) (“Peaking 6 and an eighth Please!”) and who even though they had the best of intentions allowed me to turn up the volume on every single song. I’m sure you’re just joking with me and I am grateful to you for it.
The series was first introduced of SWITA on Radio 2 in 1999. I had been hosting the show on Talk Radio and hosting a series of shows for the GWR Group.
When we began on Radio 2, the concept was then to provide BBC radio broadcasting for public use. However, it was presented in a lively and entertaining manner. Once the initial broadcasts began and we finally got our feet on the ground. The guests began to show up and we began to draw a crowd of seven million or more. Then we began to introduce a little of satirical humourand the mood of the studio team, and added some irony and a hint of awryness (I don’t know what that phrase means, but it’s a good sounding one). “Show brands” or “show brands” within the “brands” came later – Factoids and the Talky Bitz, Serious Jockin’ and more.
I would like to express my gratitude from me and my team to the successive Radio 2 managements, and of course the formidable BBC for the way that we were able to experiment and develop.
While I’m waiting, I realize that it’s not feasible to keep this show running however in the same way, I’m happy that this show has lasted this long.
I’d also like to clean up a mess. No, I’m NOT retiring!! I repeat, I am NOT retiring!! !
I’m going to take a break from morning radio but will resume on Radio 2. I’ll be going digital, with a podcast. serious Jockin” will be available at BBC Sounds, and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs continues on Radio 2 every weekend.
Additionally, I’m hosting an exclusive show for Radio 2 on National Album Day as well as I’ll be presenting a range of festive shows during Christmas.
Naturally, I won’t be so busy during the week I’ll take the time to eat lunch and get involved in the other jobs I’m fortunate enough to have including live hosting, TV and gigs. There’s no truth to the idea that I’m planning to create my own bakery I’ve also turned down two times the opportunity to start my own nail salon. This is all well.
Do take a look at Scott Mills and Sara Cox in the afternoons when they are on. They are two fantastic broadcasters. I would like to see them succeed when they begin.
Now, after all the self indulgence, could I please give you this crucial bit of wisdom?
“NEVER! cut in on dancing bears”.
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