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Rickie, Melvin and Charlie’s future.


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When the Kiss trio were poached for Radio 1, a lot of industry eyebrows were raised at a very successful commercial radio trio (can’t be cheap) at their peak performance being poached for a BBC radio show going out at 9o’clock in the evening, hardly peak programming time, and the assumption was this was a temporary shift to bed them in to the station with an eye on going further on Radio 1, maybe stepping in to fill the void of a departure from Scott Mills or Nick Grimshaw, the logic being that if you were hiring these guys surely it was for daytimes, and probably a higher profile gig like drive or the afternoons.  The question now is, will this ever actually happen?  If not, it seems to me a very strange move to have hired them to leave them to stagnate at nighttime; why would they go for that?

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28 minutes ago, R1Fan1 said:

Maybe on a weekend slot, but I don’t see them getting a weekday slot. They’re doing good at 8-10, they’d be restricted if they moved from there.

How so?  You don’t hire big names like that and relegate them to weekends/evenings.  

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13 minutes ago, R1Fan1 said:

They couldn’t do the FourPlay or some of the Night Night Nonsense if they moved from evenings.

True, but show furniture will always change when you move slots.  This trio held together a successful CHR breakfast show for upwards of 10 years, so it won’t be an issue for them.

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I think they meet 3 objectives at R1 and don't see this really changing... Firstly they deliver an on-target show from 8-10 each night, following on from Charlie Sloth whose show they heavily promoted. Secondly they provide a decent option for daytime cover as-needed. Thirdly they have brought Charlie to the station who is a good addition to their dance-presenter roster.

I struggle to see them taking over any other daytime slot - Scott is still at the top of his game, surely Jordan is in pole position for Drive, and not sure they'd fit in anywhere else... Also it's hard to say what the terms were of the 'poaching' - we don't know what their previous contract was like or the outlook, and how much they wanted to come to R1 from a career-goal perspective, so it's impossible to know how much they are really costing...

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Shortly after they announced they were leaving Kiss, their big boss there also announced his departure. I don’t think it was a coincidence they took the R1 show once they knew he was off. After all, new bosses like to put a stamp on things & they’d been doing the show for 12 years.

As mentioned above, they would be fine content wise on a daytime show because they did breakfast for so long. But I get the impression (especially when it was 9-11) they enjoy the more risqué side of the show.

The only slot I could see them moving into is 1-4, either weekends or weekends. (Jordan is the obvious choice for Drive & I can’t see Greg or Clara leaving before Scott or Grimmy). But they’re all around 40, so what’s the future for them on R1? Probably no longer than a future would’ve been at Kiss. But I honestly don’t think the UK has a radio station where they’d be on air in 10 years as a trio?

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1 hour ago, Ash101 said:

Shortly after they announced they were leaving Kiss, their big boss there also announced his departure. I don’t think it was a coincidence they took the R1 show once they knew he was off. After all, new bosses like to put a stamp on things & they’d been doing the show for 12 years.

As mentioned above, they would be fine content wise on a daytime show because they did breakfast for so long. But I get the impression (especially when it was 9-11) they enjoy the more risqué side of the show.

The only slot I could see them moving into is 1-4, either weekends or weekends. (Jordan is the obvious choice for Drive & I can’t see Greg or Clara leaving before Scott or Grimmy). But they’re all around 40, so what’s the future for them on R1? Probably no longer than a future would’ve been at Kiss. But I honestly don’t think the UK has a radio station where they’d be on air in 10 years as a trio?

Agree with you their best option may well be 1-4, but then again, maybe they’ll blindside us with an unexpected change.

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