Chris Moyles returned to radio this morning (September 21) with a new daily breakfast show on Radio X, a rebranded version of XFM.
“After serving three years in a women’s only prison, the wait is finally over,” said a voiceover at 6.30am. “Get ready Great Britain – live from Leicester Square, London. This is the Chris Moyles show.”
“Hello again Great Britain – this is a bit weird, isn’t it?” said Moyles by way of opening the show. “I’ve been waiting for three years for this, sitting on my backside doing nothing, and now I’m back on the radio. That’s right, the money finally ran out.”
It wasn’t until 6.58am that Moyles played the first song of the day, ‘Love Machine’ by Girls Aloud. “You’re gonna love this, haters,” he said before playing the track, explaining “girls are allowed as well as men and everybody else,” when the song finished.
“Our show is run by a woman, which may seem weird if you’ve been reading about Radio X,” he said by way of introducing producer Pippa Taylor, in reference to a press release which stated that the new station would be ‘male-focused’.
“There’s been a lot of ‘confused’ press about Radio X,” Moyles continued. “A lot of people took that as Radio X being a radio station for blokes. That was news to me… Let me be the first of many Radio X DJs to say ‘that’s a load of balls’. I don’t care if you’re male, female, gay, straight, white, black,” he commented. “It was just a marketing thing – it should never have gone out in the press release… It’s not a radio version of a Yorkie bar, it’s just a radio station. Everybody calm down.”
Moyles later referred to himself as “The uncoolest DJ in the history of broadcasting” and, regarding his controversial broadcasting past added: “I’m a nice man now, I always was, but now I’m nicer.”
Other presenters on the new station include Vernon Kay, who will host a mid-morning show, Johnny Vaughan, who will preside over weekday drivetime, and Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, who will host at weekends.
Ashley Tabor of Radio X’s parent company Global said in a press release: “Radio X will focus on fresh rock and guitar-based music alongside huge personalities. And personalities don’t get any bigger than Chris Moyles.
“Chris is a broadcasting genius and as Global makes a multi-million pound investment in launching Radio X on a national scale, I couldn’t think of anyone better to host the station’s breakfast show. Along with Vernon Kay, Johnny Vaughan and Ricky Wilson, the UK has never had a radio station like Radio X before.”
Meanwhile, Ricky Wilson has described Radio X as “the new rebel of the airwaves”, adding that he is “both proud and excited to be right there at the beginning” of XFM’s replacement station.
According to a press release, regular artists on the Radio X playlist will include Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Maccabees, Radiohead, Nirvana, The Smiths, Royal Blood, Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Kings Of Leon.
Moyles’ breakfast show will air on weekday mornings from 6.30am to 10am. Radio X will be available nationwide on the digital radio platform D1 as well as on 104.9FM in London and 97.7FM in Manchester.