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Radio 1: The Jocks


La Ball and Greening: Happier daysULTIMATE MANIFESTIATION of the Bannisterisation process, in the form of an Altered States-style time-bending mutation that straddled the best and worst of old and new-style Radio 1 both at once, courtesy of belch-friendly ‘ladette’ persona (eg lots of censure-inviting swearing mixed with excited chatter about snogging someone out of an indie band and trying to remember PC Copper’s name). Started in the outer fringes of the schedules until a long-time-coming Chris Evans strop ultimately saw her catapulted into hugely successful Breakfast stint (initially co-hosting with Kevin Greening), to audible consternation of old ladies on the bus.



  1. Terry Hayward

    June 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Of course Zoe and Kevin didn’t get the gig directly after Chris Evans had gone AWOL. Mark and Lard had a brief but brilliant few months in charge. I still remember being on a bus at the time and overhearing some bloke trying to explain the concept of ‘Fish or Fowl’ to his mate.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    June 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Mark and Lard didn’t work in the breakfast slot and Radio 1 wanted a woman DJ to win back female listeners so Zoe Ball got the job. I must admit I never heard much of her shows but she worked better in this slot as Mark and Lard were too manic.

  3. Jam

    May 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Shame….Kevin Greening should have been given this gig on his own…..He was bloody brilliant on Radio 1

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