- Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:27 pm
Aled you may have seen this, you may have not, and I'm aware its not really a question, but I'm such a fan of the show I wanted you to see it. Edited down version of an article I wrote
In 2004, when my phone alarm was constantly failing I bought a good old fashioned alarm clock which woke me up with the Radio. And that was it, from that moment on The Chris Moyles Show, now moved to breakfast, was a part of my life.
Many within Radio argue the style of The Chris Moyles Show doesn’t include the listener. I couldn’t disagree more. By being honest, at times brutally honest, about matters that no other radio show host would dare to discuss on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, by talking about their day to day lives, I felt they were talking to me as a human being, I felt included in the conversation, part of the show. I didn’t feel like I was hearing something that had gone through hours of planning from Radio bosses who would analyse every second of the link to see whether it was ticking certain boxes, The Chris Moyles Show wasn’t fake, it was real life. The Chris Moyles Show dared to fight against the tedious music radio formula that has become the norm, and boy did they do it well.
Listening to the team was like listening to a family, a family that were always there for you in the mornings. If they had bad days and were grumpy they’d say, if they were giddy and full of life you’d hear it, and the show would sound that much more chaotic for it. Some say Moyles has a massive ego, and yeah they’re right, but he also is very clever and an outstanding broadcaster. Despite his name being above the door, he allowed the personalities of his team to shine through, and engineered chemistry that produced at times hilarious; at times cringe worthy and at times unmissable radio. Sure he was criticised for not playing enough music, but the show was that successful, that good, that it became bigger than the music. I found it far better to be entertained in the morning listening to high quality radio, rather than hearing a Rihanna track I’m going to hear 4 times or more on the rest of the days output. Sure I understand people wanting more music on a breakfast show, but The Moyles Show wasn’t for those people. It was for people who demanded more from Radio. And the Chris Moyles Show delivered, stayed fresh and relevant, for a phenomenal eight and a half years. What an achievement.
I could go on about what I loved about the show for pages. But most of all I want to say thank you. To Chris and the team for producing the greatest radio show, of what I think will be my generation. The Chris Moyles Show has been a significant part of the early stages of my life. It’s been there as I’ve gone from being a kid to becoming an adult, I’ve listened to it through some of the happiest, and some of the most difficult parts of my life. It’s never failed to make me smile, laugh, cry, think, shock me, or just keep me hooked. Forget Evans, Blackburn, Edmonds, The Chris Moyles Show was the greatest Radio 1 Breakfast Show and in my view the greatest radio show there’s ever been. Thanks Chris and the team, you’re show was more than just a show on the radio, it was part of my life. I’ll never forget The Chris Moyles Show.