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27 November 2019

Paul Gambaccini to join Absolute 80s for new series

Esteemed broadcaster Paul Gambaccini is to join the Absolute Radio family to host a new series of programmes called, ‘Tribes’. Coinciding with the 10th birthday of Absolute 80s, the new four-part series will look at the sub-cultures that defined the decade, their cultural impact and how that still resonates today.

Broadcast at 7pm from Monday 2nd December – Thursday 5th December, the series will see Paul taking a look at the musical icons of the era, and how their impact shaped popular culture. How did the 80s look and sound to them? What did they wear, what did they listen to, who did they look up to? Which Tribe did they belong to? These are just some of the topics that the new series will explore.

Paul Gambaccini said, “Many of the great stars of the 80s were good friends of mine. It will be an honour to pay tribute to them in this series of programmes.”

Content Director for Absolute Radio, Paul Sylvester said “Paul Gambaccini is one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK and I’m delighted that he’s agreed to host this Absolute 80s series. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and his voice is iconic, I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

The station which marks its tenth anniversary on 4th December 2019, already has celebrations well underway with the recent announcement of a special 80s vs 90s night hosted by Andy Bush & Richie Firth. Taking place at Camden’s Dingwalls on Friday 13th December, the popular ‘Hometime’ segment will be brought to life with Bush and Richie going head-to-head on the decks, playing the best 80s and 90s dancefloor fillers – from David Bowie to The Stone Roses, Prince to Oasis.

The station’s celebrations will also include a series of long-form conversations, including an interview with Andrew Ridgley in a special programme looking at the 80s legend’s career as part of Wham! Meanwhile Leona Graham will meet Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and Sarah Champion will meet Martin and Shirlie Kemp. Matthew Rudd will celebrate Absolute 80s tenth birthday with a Forgotten 80s special where he plays songs which peaked at No.10.

Launching on Monday 2nd December will be a list of the Greatest Song of the 80s, as voted by Absolute 80s listeners. Sarah Champion and Leona Graham will reveal the Top 100 across the week.

Absolute Radio will also be giving away its biggest ever cash prize with £80,000 being won by one lucky listener. Dave Berry will give-away the life-changing amount of money on the Breakfast Show.

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Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director

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Amelia O’Shea – Bauer Media Communications Manager (Radio)

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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 and Absolute Classic Rock.

Listen to Absolute Radio on 105.8FM in London and the South-East, nationally on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to

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