In a radio first, new national commercial station Greatest Hits Radio have announced plans to partner with the iconic NOW That’s What I Call Music brand for a new chart show.
Legendary UK Top 40 Host Mark Goodier will present the weekly programme, which will feature a retro countdown of the biggest songs from a particular year – with a focus on the 70s, 80s and 90s.
On Air every Sunday from 5-7pm, the show will be repeated Fridays at 7pm – with the first broadcast on March 3rd.
The radio partnership is a first for the NOW! brand which last year released its 100th edition of the best-selling compilation.
Speaking about the partnership, Greatest Hits Radio Content Director, Andy Ashton said “Our listeners love hearing music from their formative years and for many the NOW compilations mirror fond memories of good times old and new. Featuring hits throughout the decades of NOW’s reign, this chart countdown will be a fun nostalgic weekend trip for listeners.”
Peter Duckworth of NOW! Music said “NOW albums have been charting people’s musical lives for over three and a half decades. The new “NOW that’s what I call a chart show” on Greatest Hits Radio will be a wonderful opportunity for music fans to hear the hits from NOW’s younger years. “
Mark Goodier, who’s voice has been synonymous with the NOW That’s What I Call Music’s brand for decades said – “The NOW compilations have been part of the British music fans’ lives for generations. Following our special 100th edition, this new countdown with Greatest Hits Radio felt like a great fit to bring the discography to life.”
Another addition to the station’s Weekend line-up is legendary broadcaster Pat Sharp, who will host a weekly show on Saturdays. The TV and radio host will present from 10am-1pm, launching on Saturday 23rd February.
Pat Sharp said - “The opportunity to join Greatest Hits Radio was too good to pass up. Now I get to play the songs that I helped to make famous first time around, all over again. And I get to chat to millions of friends across the country on this exciting new station that is making an immediate impact. I can’t wait for this Saturday at ten o clock Sharp! If you want the Good Times, you know where to be!”
Greatest Hits Radio Content Director, Andy Ashton said – “Saturday mornings are the ultimate good times for our audience, the working week is done, it’s time to kick back with the family and crank up the radio. What better time for a bit of Pat Sharp! Not just in London but right across the country with the Top Ten at Ten, a format he helped make famous in the Capital”
New national station Greatest Hits Radio launched earlier this year (7th January), opening with a week celebrating David Bowie. Targeting an audience of 40-59 year olds and celebrating music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, and Elton John - Greatest Hits Radio promises to be for those who are loving life more than ever before.
Greatest Hits Radio is available on DAB digital radio, AM, online and on mobile devices. For more information go to planetradio.co.uk.
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