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23 September 2021

The Shires’ Ben Earle joins Absolute Radio Country

Absolute Radio Country is thrilled to announce Ben Earle from British Country Duo, The Shires will be joining the station to host a new Sunday morning show.

Ben’s first show will be on Sunday 3rd October from 9am –12pm, where he will play his favourite country artists, as well as introducing listeners to some of his ‘ones to watch,’ providing a perfect soundtrack to Sunday mornings.

No stranger to presenting, in 2020 Ben won the International Broadcaster of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards whilst also having the fastest selling UK country album in history, as part of The Shires. The singer joins Absolute Radio Country’s fantastic weekend line up, which already features country music afficionados Una Healy, Baylen Leonard, Matt Spracklen, Jennie Longdon, DJ Hish and The Nashville Show.

“I am really excited to be joining the station” commented Ben. “Country Music has grown and grown in popularity in the UK and to be part of a station which is so passionate about the genre is great for an artist like me. It definitely feels like home.”

Absolute Radio’s Content Director Paul Sylvester added “Ben’s incredible knowledge and experience of Country Music will bring a new perspective to the expanding Absolute Radio Country schedule. His credibility as a musician and award-winning skills as a broadcaster mean he’ll be able to offer a personal insight into the songs he’ll choose to play.”

The show will be produced by Ricky Marshall who recently joined the station as Programme Manager from BBC Radio 2.

You can hear Ben’s show every Sunday between 9am – 12pm from 3rd October

Absolute Radio Country plays the biggest songs in country from legends such as Dolly Parton, who recently guested on the station, and Johnny Cash, to superstars like Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban alongside brand-new artists like Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen. 

Listen to Absolute Radio Country on DAB, online, via the Absolute Radio mobile app or voice-activated device. For more information visit


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For further press information, please contact:   

Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK   
M: 07718 489342   

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

About Absolute Radio Country:
Absolute Radio Country is the UK’s first national pop country music station playing the biggest songs in country from legends such as Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, to superstars like Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, alongside brand-new artists like Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.  Featuring presenters such as Baylen Leonard, Lou Nash, and Una Healy, the station is also home to the Nashville Show which comes direct from the Music City itself. Absolute Radio Country celebrates the vibrant and fast-growing genre, recognising the huge influence the music style has over pop music. Listeners can find Absolute Radio Country on digital radio, ask their smart speaker to ‘Play Absolute Radio Country’, download the free Absolute Radio app, or go to 

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 Radio Country and Absolute Classic Rock.  

Listen to Absolute Radio on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to  

About The Shires

Formed in 2013, The Shires have taken the UK Country scene by storm with their 2016 album ‘My Universe’, becoming the fastest selling UK country album in history. The duo of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes also cemented their place in county music history when they became the first UK country act to have a top ten album in the US and were the first to receive an award from the American Country Music Association.

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