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2 February 2023

Absolute Radio Kevin: How a dad from Surrey has claimed his own radio station

Hands up how many of us have dreamt of having or own radio show? A chance to sit in a studio and wax lyrical about our favourite songs and artists to an attentive audience. Or even better what about having an entire radio station created in your honour?

That’s exactly what Absolute Radio has offered to one of its very lucky listeners, Kevin McIlmurray a 47-year-old dad from Ewell. He beat off competition from hundreds of other entries to win radio’s most innovative competition.

Absolute Radio is famous for its spin-off stations including the hugely popular Absolute 80s, Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio Country, and Kevin’s winning idea is to create a new one dedicated to playing the very best debut singles and songs from debut albums.

Explaining what people can expect from his station, Kevin explained, “Anything from Oasis right through to Shaggy and ‘Oh Carolina’. It’s all those debut songs, debut albums, everything. Those memories of songs gone past and the stories behind them.”

Kevin, who usually spends his days working as a Guest Relations Manager at Chessington World of Adventures, will get to become a music producer, presenter and interviewer for the station as it launches from Friday 10th February. It will be available to all to until Monday 20th February after which it will be available as one of the exclusive Absolute Radio stations available to Premium subscribers. Find out more here: Get Premium free for 30 days. Then just £3.99/month after. (

The competition was the brainchild of Absolute Radio Breakfast host Dave Berry, who left Kevin speechless when he revealed him as the winner on Friday (clip here).  Dave said, “To start a new year on my breakfast show exploring the creative genius of our listeners was a joy. The visions they all shared with us for their own radio stations were truly inspired and no more so than Kevin – His idea for Absolute Radio Kevin AKA Absolute Radio Debut is superb! And I cannot wait to give it a listen!”

Absolute Radio Kevin is Where Debut Songs Matter and launches from 8am on Friday 10th February. Listen via the Absolute Radio app, online at and via Amazon smart speaker by asking it to ‘PLAY Absolute Radio Kevin’.




For further press information, please contact: 
Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK
E: M: 07718 489342

Huldah Immanuel – Communications

About Absolute Radio: 

Absolute Radio is a national radio station where ‘Real Music Matters’, wrapped up with lashings of personality and mischief from presenters including Frank Skinner, Jason Manford and Dave Berry who have the freedom to say what they think and tell it like it is.

Absolute Radio also has a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s, Absolute Radio 10s, Absolute Radio 20s, Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio Country.

Listen to Absolute Radio on DAB, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to

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