The Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1)
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The Chris Moyles Show was the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show from 5 January 2004 to 14 September 2012.
On 7 October 2003, BBC Radio 1 announced that Chris Moyles would be replacing Sara Cox as host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. On Monday January 5th 2004 at 7am, the breakfast radio revolution began.
Chris’s first show kicked off with a simply unforgettable five minute opener, put together by imaging company Music4 (the company who make all Chris’s jingles). The jingle included a nod to many (but not all) past breakfast show hosts, including Tony Blackburn, Noel Edmonds, Simon Mayo and Sara Cox. Comedy Dave called it ”quietly understated”, and it undoubtedly ranks up there as one of the shows’ greatest ever moments. The show itself began with the song Flowers in the Rain by The Move, which was the first ever record played on Radio 1 in 1967.
|Name||Role||Year started||Year departed|
|Chris Moyles||Main presenter||2004||2012|
|Aled Haydn Jones||Broadcast Assistant/Day Producer/Producer||2004||2012|
|Dominic Byrne||News reader||2004||2012|
|Juliette Ferrington||Sport news reader||2004||2004|
|Carrie Davis||Sport news reader||2004||2010|
|Jocelin Stainer||Broadcast Assistant||2004||2007|
|Matt Fincham||Assistant producer||2007||2012|
|Tina Daheley||Sport news reader||2010||2012|
|Samantha Moy||Day Producer||2010||2011|
|Freya Last||Day Producer||2011||2012|
Armed with new jingles and new features, Chris set out to confirm his status as The Saviour Of Radio One.
In truth the year couldn’t have gone much better. By the end of 2004, the show had added over a million listeners and helped push Radio One’s audience back over the 10m mark for the first time since July 2003.
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Moyles was also named DJ Of The Year for 2004 by readers of The Sun, Funniest DJ at the Loaded Laftas, and Radio Personality Of The Year at the GQ Awards.
The Chris Moyles Show launched at Breakfast to a huge amount of publicity - newspaper articles, web reviews, billboard advertising and TV adverts.
The long list of other items on the show during 2004 included: Wes' Chart Update, International Frog Or Dog, Where’s Aled?”, Reverse-a-Word, Chicks Win Tix, Secret Student, Flat Idol, Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz, The Moyles Mini Olympics and the infamous King Of Tickets.
Other highlights from 2004 included the day Dave did the show drunk, the day the fire alarm went off on the air, a true karaoke classic being played on Buzz Off - and (perhaps most memorably) the day Dave said Don McLean was dead, only to find out he wasn’t, and was gigging in Glasgow shortly after.
New parodies included Chris' take on songs by Estelle, Eamon and Michelle McManus.
In February 2004, Moyles was instrumental in getting "Mysterious Girl" by I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! contestant Peter Andre re-released, and subsequently to the top of the chart.
Chris' mate from Leeds, Longman, started making regular appearances on the show, so called because he is very tall. At the time, he owned a sandwich shop in Leeds.
2004 also saw the Breakfast War commence - Moyles vs Wogan. Two welders were even sacked in Scotland later in the year, as they argued over which of the two shows to listen to in the workplace.
Euro 2004 and show tour
In June, the team travelled to Portugal to follow the England football team's progress in Euro 2004, with eleven shows live from their villa just outside Lisbon. Guests included Noel Gallagher, Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim), Mark Lawrenson and Ray Stubbs. The show was also given a summer makeover with new continental theme music, and specially commissioned jingles. Features included Easy Portuguesey, Big Villa and Aled’s Guide To Portugal.
Some more clips from Portugal:
- Chris and Dave Describe Their Trips To England Games In Portugal
- Aled Visits the Supermarket
- Chris finds Aled's teddy bear
- Dom teaches the team Portuguese
- Chris and the team swap Euro 2004 stickers
Aside from the trip to Portugal, the show toured the UK (and Ireland) in 2004. Chris and the team presented live from a number of cities, including Newcastle, Southampton, Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool, Londonderry and Birmingham. They also broadcast live from Maida Vale in October for a one-off Travis special.
The promotion to Breakfast also meant a sharp increase in the number of celebrity guests on the show. Favourites in 2004 included Will Smith, Richard and Judy, Simon Cowell and Elton John (an interview which turned the air blue).
Friend of the stars Dominic Byrne also mixed with a wide range of Hollywood A-Listers throughout the year, including Renee Zellweger, Tom Cruise, Jackie Chan, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kirsten Dunst. His line of questioning was usually quite odd, with a common question being "What’s your favourite cheese?". Chris also interviewed the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair for Sport Relief, highlights of which are here.
"Chris, Dave, Rachel and Aled - three good reasons to get up in the morning"2004 Jingles: Click here and here
Mouldy Lookin' Stain
Perhaps the defining moment of the show’s new found popularity came in October 2004. What started out as a half arsed parody of Welsh rap stars Goldie’ Lookin Chain, eventually turned into the debut single by spoof band Mouldy Lookin’ Stain - "Dogz Don't Kill People (Wabbitz Do)", featuring the vocal talents of Chris, Dave and Dom. The parody topped the Official UK Download Chart (with proceeds going to Comic Relief).
MLS also entered the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest ever downloaded single - hear Scott Mills break the news to Chris here.
The “band” also (kind of) headlined Radio One’s One Big Weekend in Birmingham in September, with a unique live performance in costume. To celebrate the success of 'the Stain', chrismoyles.net also started a sister site dedicated to the band.
Alongside Aled and Rachel, Juliette joined 'the Stain' as a backing dancer in Birmingham.
It wasn’t long before Juliette was off, though. She left in October 2004 after just ten months on the show to return to BBC Radio Five Live. Her replacement was Carrie Davis, and Jules’ lasting tribute was her own version of Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits, performed by her colleagues. Hear the emotional farewell here.
On Tuesday October 26th 2004, news broke that Radio One DJ John Peel had died of a heart attack whilst on holiday in Peru. The following morning, Chris and the team didn’t do their usual show, out of respect. Listen to a clip from that show here. Chris recounted stories about John from his time at Radio One, particularly their feud shortly after Moyles had joined the station in 1997. In John’s autobiography, his widow Sheila Ravenscroft writes about the two DJs and how Peel initially said "When Chris Moyles came to Radio One, I thought about strapping explosives to myself and taking us both out". They later met at a Radio One social gathering, where Peel realised that "he rather liked him". Chris recounted the stories about how John used to struggle to drive the desk, and how he would often end up playing Chris’s jingles out on his show by mistake.
The show went from strength to strength in 2005, ending the year with another huge listener increase of almost half a million, and in the process consolidating Radio One’s overall audience at 10.3 million (their highest share in over four years).
The accolades also kept on coming, as Chris was named Personality of the Year at the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, and Radio Personality Of The Year at the 2005 GQ Awards. A Radio Times survey also named Moyles as the seventh most powerful person in UK radio.
When the BBC made weekly show highlights available as part of their Download and Podcast Trial in June, the show also went straight to the top of the iTunes podcast chart. (Incidentally, the whole podcast archive is available to download here).
Chris was however agitated by the continued success of his Radio 2 rival Terry Wogan, and in September 05 decided to launch a campaign to Say No To Wogan! - jingle here. The movement was in support of people forced to listen to Wogan on the bus, in the car, at work, around the breakfast table and so on. At first a limited number of car bumper stickers, badges and t-shirts were made available through local BBC stations, alongside special wallpapers to print out and stick round the workplace. Amusingly, Wogan’s newsreader Alan Dedicoat asked Chris for a t-shirt to wear to his next show. Unfortunately BBC bosses didn’t see the funny side though, and Chris was ordered to bin the campaign after just five days.
New features in 2005 included Whattity What, Celebrity Two Word Tango, Sting Ring, Get Dom On It, Yesterday’s Weather and Joce Calls Your Boss. Star guests on the show in 2005 included the likes of Robbie Williams, Ozzy Osbourne, Ricky Gervais, Carlos Bernard and Louis Walsh.
Notably in May, Chris also crossed picket lines at Radio One to present his breakfast show. Although claiming that he would be sympathetic to BBC staff striking over job cuts, Moyles made no mention of it on the air.
In March 05 Chris went fundraising for Comic Relief, as the ”Red Nose Rally” took the show from John O’Groats to Lands End in the space of seven days. Driven around in a range of “star cars”, including the General Lee, the team helped raise almost £630,000 during their trip. Activities included parallel parking, making pizzas, serving coffee, pumping petrol and cleaning sewerage filters. Dom and Carrie even went feeding sharks. You can view a full archive from the trip here, plus watch Chris presenting the cheque on Comic Relief night in our Video Vault.
The show also took back to the road in December, as the team visited New York for a special weeks worth of shows from the Big Apple. The trip was part of the promotion push supporting Sirius Radio, a satellite radio broadcaster in the States. In a clever marketing move, Radio One was added to its list of stations in July, with shows timeshifted so that Chris remained a breakfast presenter.
The whole team (with the exception of Dom and Carrie) headed out there, for five days of sight seeing and special guests. A montage of the weeks events can be found here.
Broadcasting from the Rockafeller Centre, highlights of the trip included the time exec Rhys was refused entry to the building - and Chris showing off his geeky past. There was also a touching piece from Ground Zero, reflecting of the events of September 2001. Clip here.
Away from the US, Chris and Aled returned to their home towns for live shows. First in January the team visited Aberystwyth, and then as part of Radio One’s ”DJ’s Go Home Week” in late October, Moyles returned to familiar territory in Leeds City Centre. The team also presented shows live from Butlins in Skegness, and on board a canal boat in Oxfordshire.
On July 2nd, Chris was anchor of Radio One’s coverage from Live 8 at Hyde Park, joining Sara Cox and Scott Mills backstage.
Of the many highlights in 2005, perhaps the most memorable was when Paddy Kielty was a guest in September. Comedy Dave’s quiz ”Nic-Nac-Paddy-Wok”, featuring Paddy bashing nic-nacs with a wok, had everyone in hysterics (clip in here, as part of the teams “games day”).
Other favourite moments were Dave’s outburst during the pub quiz, and Aled invading Capital FM live on air.
New parodies included Chris’s take on McFly and the Kaiser Chiefs.
2005 was also the year of The Chris Moyles Show Detox, the teams trip inside the Big Brother house (highlights here) - and one of the most memorable performances in Glastonbury history, by the band simply known as Folk Face. Dave and Dom’s spoof band (by all accounts) “rocked” the Jazz Tent at Glastonbury in June 2005, only to sadly split two months later. Their break up was blamed on "musical differences".
By summer 2006 the show had reached new heights, with RAJAR figures confirming that more people were tuning into Chris than ever before. The figures were up 470,000 from the previous quarter, and brought Radio One’s overall figures up to a high of 10.4 million.
Chris also won his first Sony Gold ever, as he picked up top prize for ”The Entertainment Award” at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in May. Judges called him ”the master of disciplined indiscipline”.
Chris was also hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons though, as critics accused him of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
In May 2006 he notoriously upset actress Halle Berry over an imitation of a "Big Black Guy" during an interview with her and Hugh Jackman - listen to it here.
In June, Chris was criticised by radio watchdog Ofcom for referring to female listeners as "dirty whores".
In the same month, he rejected a ringtone by saying "I don't like that one, it's gay" live on air, which led to a number of complaints to the BBC, arguing that the use of the word in this context was homophobic. Subsequently Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender charity Stonewall marched with placards demanding Chris’s dismissal during Europride 2006 in London. According to them, “Chris Moyles is not helping young LGBT people struggling to come out through his comments”.
Finally in August 2006, Moyles was also accused of transphobia due to his sketches involving "Tranny Rachel". The organisation Press For Change described the sketches as "a clear example of discrimination financed by the BBC”.
In June 2006 Radio One also announced plans to fine DJ’s for swearing, thought to be a response to this incident which occurred on Chris’s show in February.
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On May 22nd, listeners were left in confusion as Chris failed to turn up to present the show, following a day in Cardiff watching his football team Leeds miss out on a promotion to the Premiership. The BBC later insisted it was part of a pre-planned stunt, although Radio One’s early morning hosts JK and Joel were forced to stay on for a six hour shift.
New features in 2006 included Celebrity Tarzan and Beep Beep Busters, although the latter was axed after only four months.
Guests included Chris Martin, Beyoncé Knowles, Patsy Kensit and old friend of the show Billie Piper, in one of Chris’s best interviews in years (download).
The team also travelled to Maida Vale for a live Take That special in April, and caught up with the Queen Of Pop, Madonna, backstage at the Brits in February. Hear the leaked, unedited version of their chat here.
Moyles was also introduced to Her Majesty the Queen in April 2006, as part of her visit to officially re-open BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London.
New song parodies included Chris’s take on Nelly Furtado and Lilly Allen.
In June 2006 the team once more packed up their bags and headed off overseas, to follow England’s fortunes in the FIFA World Cup 2006.
The show came live from two separate locations - a chalet in Grafenhof (near Frankfurt) and BFBS Radio at the Herford Army Base.
All the team (bar Dom) were live for three and a half weeks, with guests including Razorlight, Embrace, Noel Gallagher, Alan Hansen and Ian Wright.
Highlights included Chris playing out spoof German ads and composing a parody for Dom, who was supposedly coming out to visit them (England then got knocked out and it never happened).
The Chris Moyles World Cup Song also went down a treat, initially available to buy via download for a short period. You can also find fools dancing to it on YouTube.
The team returned to London on July 3rd 2006.
On 15 October 2007, the show was extended by 30 minutes, beginning at 6:30am instead of 7:00.
In March 2011, the team were involved in the record breaking Marathon Show to raise money for Comic Relief. Between 6:30am on Wednesday 16th March and 10:30am on Friday 18th March, Chris and Dave broadcast for 52 consecutive hours, raising over £2.5 million for the charity. A new world record for the longest team radio show was set, but has since been broken.
On 28 May 2012, Chris Moyles carried the Olympic torch through Aberystwyth, Wales. His appearance was kept secret from most of the rest of the team, who were surprised to see Chris with the Olympic flame during the show, which was being broadcast from the Welsh town.
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In July 2012, Chris Moyles announced on air that the show was coming to an end. The final show was broadcast on Friday 14th September 2012, and ended with an emotional goodbye song performed by the whole team and backed by the jingle singers.
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|The Chris Moyles Show (Radio 1)|
|Team Members:||Final Lineup:||Chris Moyles, David Vitty, Dominic Byrne, Tina Daheley, Aled Haydn Jones, Freya Last, Pippa Taylor-Hackett, Other contributors|
|Past:||Rachel Jones, Carrie Davis, Matt Fincham, Juliette Ferrington, Samantha Moy, Jocelin Stainer|
|Regular Features:||Dave's Tedious Link, Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz, Car Park Catchphrase, The Golden Hour, McFly Day|
|Downloads:||Full Shows (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Podcasts|