MEET THE PRESENTERS
Richard Harrison, Chris Oakland & Lee Dodd
Founder and owner of Smile Radio, Richard has loved music all his life. He has always admired DJ's and presenters, and wanted to be able to combine his love for radio with giving unsigned artists the chance to be heard by thousands of people.
Richard's ambition is to become the next John Peel – a bold statement indeed.
Having been friends since they were boys Richard and Chris decided to start their own show, Rich 'n' a Lil Bit of Chris with Lee – which you can listen to every Friday from 4pm.
They started out at 5 Towns Radio in Castleford, but soon realised their desire to present and produce their own show on Richard's very-own radio station.
Ritchie J is Smile Radio’s new submissions manager and presents shows such as The Ritchie J Show, New Music Wednesday, Renegade Rock Hours and The Gameboyz.
He has been with Smile since the very beginning and is a man of many talents, with an array of movie and pop culture knowledge.
Currently Ritchie is taking a leave of absence from the radio waves to work on some important stuff in the background – but fear not, he’ll be returning soon!
When he isn’t hard at work with Smile, Ritchie is a writer/animator and has contributed to projects such as The Guardian and Norfolk P.I, as well as The Last Day. He is currently working on his first animation series, The Gameboyz, so keep your eyes peeled…
Nathan has been DJ-ing since he was just seven years old, helping his father, Terry Hill, at various venues.
In 2017 Nathan started his radio show on a local radio station but soon left to join Smile Radio from its inception.
Nathan’s approach is very unique – he plans absolutely nothing, meaning everything is off the cuff and totally unscripted. It's quite apt then, that his trademark saying is 'What could possibly go wrong?'
You can join Nathan on Saturday mornings from 11am – it’s only an hour but it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Kevin Chippendale – Chipp Ahoy
Kevin has a new edition of his Chipp Ahoy show every Friday from 1.30pm live on Smile Radio – playing the best eclectic mix of the ages, exclusive to Smile!
From world music to the most recent chart hits, you can request a song and Kevin will do his best to play it. If you have a story relating to your choice – even better, we can share that with the listeners as well. Kevin tells stories collected over his many (many) years listening to and playing music.
He has also recently launched a brand-new show on a Wednesday (from 10am), where he plays the best music from the 1970's – from Glam Rock, through Reggae and Disco to Punk Rock.
There are occasional themed shows, and Kevin is always open to suggestions for themes and requests. There will be stories to go with a lot of his choices, because it was Kevin's formative decade musically and he was living in London, so there are lots of experiences to share. If you have any stories, particularly gigs you saw, from the decade then let Kevin know and he'll include them.
Narelle Summers is an Emotional Wellbeing Coach, helping people to lead a fulfilling life. She is qualified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Havening and Goal Mapping.
One Saturday per month (10am), Narelle presents Be Kind to Your Mind where she shares techniques to provide her audiences with practical ways to be happier, more confident and more positive.
Join Narelle for 60 minutes of positive and uplifting chat, advice and songs. With guests and listeners’ questions, she makes wellbeing accessible and enjoyable.
DJ Paul Holroyd
DJ Paul Holroyd is a multi genre DJ and has a wealth of Dance Music knowledge establishing a great passion for all types of Dance Music from 90s stuff to present.
Having been brought up with various local club and bar DJs and from Vinyl, who were all at the top of their game. Done club and bar work at home and abroad, before taking time off still collecting everything musical, now embarking on another adventure into the DJ scene again.
From Classics to modern Dance, House, Disco, Funky House, Trance.
DJ Paul Holroyd offers a varied wide range of tunes for your listening pleasure and to bring back all those epic memories.
Listen to DJ Paul Holroyd every Saturday night from 9pm till 10pm GMT to his funky house mix mash up!
Reuben Jones - TOP OF THE PROGS SHOW
Ever since they were young Reuben Jones has been passionate about music, in particular progressive rock, after inheriting their dads record collection which contained many progressive rock albums by Genesis and Pink Floyd, Reuben is non-binary and is passionate about sharing their love for progressive music both new and old on Monday evenings during their show Top Of the Progs 5pm till 6pm GMT.
Peter Coleman - THE AFTER EIGHT SHOW
The eclectic mix of music that you will hear on The After Eight Show reflects Peter’s own tastes. Typically, in a single show, you’ll hear some Alternative Indie, Electro Pop, RNB, Jazz, Blues, Electronic, World and acoustic folk-inspired tracks.
Peter is old enough to have been a devotee of the great John Peel in the late sixties so, like his radio hero, he concentrates on playing new music by unsigned artists and bands and by those starting out on their careers and building their fanbases. They are the kinds of musicians who you are likely to see on Jools’s Later TV programme in the next series (or maybe one or two series after that).
Every week, Peter invites music submissions to the show’s Twitter and Facebook pages and, by email, to its own website. A proportion of the music on The After Eight Show is chosen by Peter’s son, Mark, and they guarantee that, between them, they will listen to everything that is sent in and play any track that they like.
As well as on Smile Radio, the show goes out on other stations in the UK, US and Canada and it has over nine thousand Twitter followers. As a result, it now receives a large number of music submissions every week many of which are extremely creative, innovative and interesting but they often fail to get airplay on other radio stations which limit themselves to established artists. This is why Peter devotes so much time selecting and researching the music for each show and it’s what makes this show almost unique.
So, tune in to an episode of The After Eight Show on a Tuesday night 8pm GMT
and see if Peter can achieve his stated ambition of, every week, introducing you to 3, 4 or 5 artists or bands whose names you didn’t know at the start of his show but whose music you will want to go away and explore after it's finished.
THE PUNK AND THE PRINCESS
MIKA MAMON: Our Princess, Mika is a multi-talented musician in her own right. Check out www.mikamamon.com. She is a multi-award winning vocalist from the Philippines now settled in the UK and spending her time between there and her family home in the USA. Her previous DJ experience includes a spell as a presenter on Kiss FM in Iloilo city. Not only that but she is a nurse frontliner and has written songs about her experiences in the fight against Covid-19. Her stage performances have been described as a cross between Bjork and Kylie. Her love of pop and ballads shines through on the show!
DANIEL HUNT: Our Punk, Daniel, has played in bands for years achieving moderate success but nothing earth-shattering. He counts his biggest successes as playing Leeds Festival in 2009 with his band Interceptor and almost emulating Uncle Jimmy by coming second in a Formula 1 invitational race. He has previously worked as a presenter on Radio North Tees FM and on many an online show, though his work as a commissioner of mental health services and acting as Mika's manager and producer keeps him busy and out of trouble.
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