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Chris Moyles can be likened to Marmite - you either love him, or you hate him. After listening to Sara Cox presenting the breakfast show from 2000, i did not think anyone could replace, nevermind excel at delivering this essential slot! Millions of people are entertained, Monday to Friday by the Moyles from 6:30AM until 10AM.
This 37 year old, Leeds born and bred DJ has forever had an interest in radio and began his journey whilst at school. His main break came when he started working for Capital FM but this was not due to last long, as he had a falling out with Neil Fox. Prior to this he'd been dismissed from The Pulse when he'd made some offhand remarks about the previous presenter. Clearly, his controversial nature was difficult to tame, but, he persevered and got into Radio 1 in 1997. Initially he began his stint on the early morning show - 4-7AM and began to get recognised for his work. His popularity increased and he bagged the Saturday 10-1PM slot and developed his audience ratings. Gradually, by filling in various other slots, his name became synonymous with Radio 1 and he was the obvious name to be filling in the shoes of Sara Cox for the Breakfast Show. As his name had reached a wide audience, through having his voice aired at all times of the day, his popularity was guaranteed to soar.
The ratings for The Breakfast Show in the first year were well beyond 1,000,000. Since then his ratings have gone to levels that have thrashed other breakfast shows, apart from Mr Wogan's Radio 2 show. At the height of his fame, he has reached 7.72 million listeners and become the stations longest serving breakfast presenter.
2004 saw the emergence of Moyles into mainstream presenting Controversy has shrouded his time on the breakfast show as he has got more and more comfortable in his role - in particular, I recall him offering to take away, the then 16 year old Chralotte Church's virginity - very crude and this got the backs up of many listeners. He does have spates of homophobic and sexist outbursts, which obviously receive numerous complaints, despite this, I am still compelled to listen to him on route to work.
He has had some brilliant guests on his show - Will Smith, Jeremy Clarkson, Whoppi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, to name a few. Today, it was the turn of Jason Manford (for those of you who are not in the know, he's an exceptionally talented Comedian) - who was compared to Michael McIntyre - with Moyles favouring the latter. Manford recently became the proud father of twins and on air compared their welfare to looking after Tamagochi (handheld digital pet) an hilarious interview which can still be caught online http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/ chrismoyles/
The show, although hosted by Moyles, is not all about him and his ego. He shares it with Comedy Dave, Dominic Byrne, Aled Jones (no, not the singer), and Rachel Mallender, Matt Fincham, Tina Daheley and Producer Sam. The format of the show consists of a mixture of music, chat, news, the odd quiz (Carpark Catchphrase & Rob DJ's Monday Night Pub Quiz and, not forgetting the Tedious Link). The show ends with a link to Fearne Cotton, whose show begins at 10AM.
One of my favourite parts of the show is most definitely Car park catchphrase, which is an offshoot of Roy Walker's Catchphrase show that used to be aired way back when. This competition involves two listeners who are, surprise, surprise, in their cars, sing their horns to buzz in to give an answer.
You can register for Carpark Catchphrase using this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chrismoyles /carparkcatchphrase/
If you watch The Simpsons you'll recognise some of the prank names that are used by Mr Walker. He asks contestants if they know people from their area by various names, such as Earl. E Bird, Ben Dover, Amanda Huginkiss...you get the drift ;-). The competition then continues with contestants stating their car make and model and beeping their horns.
An example of a recent one - Mr Fish is appearing on a celebrity edition of the Jeremy Kyle Show. He's been accused of getting Chantelle pregnant after they met in a nightclub in Oldham. She says he might be the father of her baby, the father might also be her brother's mate Jeff, or indeed a lad called Daniel who works at Asda. Jeremy needs to do the DNA test, right here, right now. It really is a case of finding out which one of them...............answers on a postcard ;-)
What do you get for taking part? Apart from getting back on the next day to face another opponent...nowt. great entertainment, so I rate this part of the show. Another brilliant part of the show is the Tedious Link, which you can peruse at your own leisure at http://chrismoyles.net/mw/ tediouslinks.shtml.
On air Moyles displays an outrageously flirtatious nature, in particular with the likes of Davina McCall and Lilly Allen. With McCall there is the ongoing mockery he makes of the apparently dubious parentage of her child - that being that it is in fact his. All in the name of ratings, obviously, as he really isn;t all that and is in a committed relationship with Sophie Waite. An image of them wading through water on their holiday makes me think the attraction is not looks focussed - http://chrismoyles.net /gallery/albums/userpics /10027/normal_Heat0104-SophieChris.jpg
The catchphrase of 'I slept with Chris Moyles' was highlighted on air by Keith Chegwin and began a wave of T-shirts being sold with the slogan emblazoned on them. There is a video link which implies that Cheggers and Moyles spent the night together at http://www. bbc.co.uk /blogs/chrismoyles/2008/03/ my_secret byme_keith_chegwin.shtml
When it comes to parodies, no one does them better. Moyles released his album of parodies last year, consisting of his take on I Predict A Riot, Womaniser and Addicted To Base (if you're a fan, you might want to read my review on the notorious album).
You can download the 'Best Bits' of his show from the Radio 1 site. I know he can be outspoken, but I must admit, he does make me chuckle and puts me in a good mood ready to face the day. Love him or hate him, his weight loss may be decreasing slowly, but his ratings are slowly increasing!