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Nick Grimshaw and Greg James to swap shows at Radio 1

By | Published on Thursday 31 May 2018

Nick Grimshaw

Radio 1 is getting a new breakfast show DJ, who will be entertaining young people everywhere with some top tunes every morning.

For any young people reading: radio is a way of distributing audio content through so called radio waves; Radio 1 is a specific radio station that employs this technology specifically for your benefit; a DJ is a human being who talks on the radio between records; a breakfast show is a special kind of radio programme that goes out at a fixed time each day while people are eating their breakfast; and breakfast is a meal old people consume shortly after waking up.

Incumbent Nicholas Grimshaw will depart the ‘Radio 1 Breakfast Show’ in the autumn via a slot swap with Gregory James. Which is to say, James will take over the breakfast show, while Grimshaw will move to drivetime. For any young people reading: ‘Drivetime’ is a term you will never need to know the meaning of.

Says Grimshaw: “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years. But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show. I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house. I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it”.

Totally ignoring Grimshaw’s kind offer there, James added: “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done. The listeners have become like mates during the ten years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour. They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show. It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started”.

Grimshaw, by the way, is departing the ‘Radio 1 Breakfast Show’ after “a record-breaking run”. I know this because the press release says so. “What record did Grimshaw break?” you ask. “This week he became the second-longest running breakfast show presenter in the station’s history”. Ah, yes, the second-longest running breakfast show presenter. What a record to break! Call Cheryl Baker right away, it’s time for a song. For younger readers: Cheryl Baker is the greatest pop star that ever lived, like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Adele all rolled into one, ie better then anything you’ve ever known.