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3 April 2023

New presenters to join Jazz FM’s on-air line up

Broadcasters Danielle Perry and Tim Smith are joining Jazz FM.

Danielle already presents for Bauer’s Absolute Radio and Scala Radio, and will take on the weekday mid-morning programme on the UK’s largest jazz, soul and blues radio station.  Her opinion is sought on music across the board, most recently by the Mercury Music Prize where she has sat on the judging panel for the past five years.

This marks Tim’s return to Jazz FM.  He had previously been part of the station hosting the breakfast show before leaving to join Steve Wright in the Afternoon for which he was part of for over 20 years and came to an end in September last year.

Danielle’s new daytime show will begin at 10am on Monday 24th April as the station waves goodbye to Deb Grant who leaves Bauer Media after almost 6 years with Jazz FM and also more recently Scala Radio.  Tim will present programmes on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Nick Pitts – Content Director of Jazz FM and Scala Radio says: “I can’t wait to welcome Danielle and Tim.  Both are seasoned broadcasters who have our music running through their veins.  Tim of course comes from these shores from years ago and it’s great to give him an opportunity to pick up that relationship with the audience as he fills in for Jamie Crick over the Easter weekend, while Danielle is a musician turned nationally successful broadcaster who studied orchestration and majored in music and image back in the day.”

“I’d also like to thank Deb Grant for an amazing 6 years on Jazz FM where the whole team will miss her enthusiasm and love for the music immensely.  She’s become an outstanding presenting talent and I look forward to watching her star rise upwards into the stratosphere with her next project.”

On joining Jazz FM, Danielle Perry said: “If you came to my house chances are there would be a jazz record playing at some point… a genre so difficult to define but so wonderful to fall in love with. I feel very lucky and I’m looking forward to having some quality time immersed in the wonderful sonic world of Jazz FM.”

Finally, on returning to Jazz FM, Tim Smith said: “When I presented the Jazz FM breakfast show in 1997 and 1998, I had a ball.  Not only did I get to travel the world with outside broadcasts, but most importantly I got to attend some amazing gigs to see some phenomenal music.  I have longed to play jazz, soul and blues on the radio again and I’m really looking forward to returning after all these years.”

Danielle Perry starts her new daily 10am-2pm show from Monday 24th April

Tim Smith will host 2pm-6pm on Friday 7th and Monday 10th April.


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For further press information, please contact:

Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK
E: M: 07531949693

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media Audio
E: M: 07932 746 363

About Jazz FM:

Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone.

As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this – setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.

No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.

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