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Simon Mayo joins presenter line-up for Greatest Hits Radio, as local community support initiatives are launched across the UK

Greatest Hits Radio today announces that Simon Mayo is set to join the presenter line-up of the expanded network for a new weekend show. The broadcast legend and Radio 2 favourite helped launch Bauer Media’s new classical entertainment station, Scala Radio last year, and now from Sunday 6 September, 1pm-4pm, listeners can find the broadcaster indulging his passion for the finest albums, and their greatest hits, of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

‘The Album Show with Simon Mayo’ is a three-hour showcase dedicated to the albums that provided the musical backdrop to three decades, including features that celebrate and explore listeners’ record collections along with a weekly Classic Album Countdown.  The show will celebrate the good times and great memories albums represent and will play their greatest hits alongside rediscovering musical gems within iconic albums. Starting with one of Mayo’s favourite artists, Bruce Springsteen, the inaugural show will pay homage to The Boss.

Speaking about joining Greatest Hits Radio, Simon said “Three hours of great album music will be a Sunday treat for me. I hope it will reconnect you to a time when your album collection was THE most important thing in your life. It said who you were. By the time we come off-air, you’ll want to listen to them all again! Insert that CD. Put the needle on the record. Press play on your cassette player. This will be fun!”

Ahead of its relaunch on 1st September, Greatest Hits Radio is also launching a package of local support initiatives in communities across the UK. All stations in the Greatest Hits Radio network will be providing free promotion of local job opportunities both on-air and online from 1st September. Local employers will be encouraged to submit vacancies for inclusion, allowing them to reach a wide audience of local job-seekers free of charge. Job vacancy bulletins will be broadcast four times a day to local audiences and will be promoted on the relevant Greatest Hits Radio website.

In addition, certain stations across the GHR network will be offering free airtime to charities, hospices and other not-for-profit community organisations. This is intended to help vital local causes communicate messages and campaigns as they rebuild their fundraising base post-lockdown.

Content Director for the Greatest Hits Radio Network, Andy Ashton said “It’s incredibly exciting that Simon Mayo is joining our already world class line-up as the network expands across the UK. Greatest Hits Radio is all about the music, and we can’t wait to hear Simon sharing his passion for albums and all the greatest hits they hold with our audience. Simon has long been a major player in the industry, becoming one of the UK’s most-loved and trusted broadcasters and we know he’ll be firmly at home on Greatest Hits Radio.”

“We’re also really proud to be able to provide some practical support to the communities we operate in, at what is an incredibly difficult time for many of us. We hope the initiatives we’re announcing today will go some way to supporting job-seekers, employers and charitable organisations through the next few months.”

The Album Show will debut across the UK on Sunday 6 September between 1pm and 4pm.

Greatest Hits Radio is available on DAB digital radio, online, on mobile devices, smart speakers and from September will be available on FM in even more areas across the county. For more information visit greatesthitsradio.co.uk.

 

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For further press information, please contact:

 

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Audio)

M: 07932 746 363

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

M: 07718 489342

 

About Greatest Hits Radio

At Greatest Hits Radio it’s all about the music and the unique feeling that hearing a great song gives you, with listeners able discover an upbeat, authentic, fun and entertaining format where the ‘Good Times Sound Like This’. Targeting an audience of 40+, the station plays the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s including music from iconic artists such as Blondie, Queen, George Michael, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Elton John and Whitney Houston.

Featuring a presenter line-up of legendary broadcasters including; Mark Goodier, Simon Mayo, Pat Sharp, Paul Gambaccini, Janice Long and many more, Greatest Hits Radio is part of the Hits Radio Brand Network. Find the station on your radio, mobile or ask your smart speaker to play ‘Greatest Hits Radio.’