XFM closes with MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ played as last song

Alternative radio station will be rebranded as Radio X from September 21

The final song played on XFM was MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ as the station’s 23 years on air came to an end. The station will relaunch as Radio X later this month.

‘Kick Out The Jams’ was the first song played on XFM’s launch as a Londonwide commercial station on September 1, 1997 and was chosen by host Lliana Bird to be the last song the station would play before it ended. Radio X will launch in place of XFM on September 21.

The #wewerexfm was created for fans, musicians and DJs to pay tribute to the station. See highlights from Twitter below and listen as Bird closes the station by playing MC5.


Chris Moyles launch Radio X on September 21 as he makes his return to breakfast broadcasting.

Other presenters confirmed for Radio X 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 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.