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Scala Radio announces show hosted by young classical talent, while Greatest Hits Radio reveals its drive time men

By | Published on Tuesday 1 September 2020

Bauer Media

Bauer Media’s classical station Scala Radio has announced the launch of a new Sunday evening show where it will “hand the music and microphone over to the next generation of classical music stars”.

Starting next weekend, the four part series will involve members of the National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, the National Open Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra Of Scotland and Chineke! Juniors.

Announcing the new show last week, Scala Radio’s Programme Manager Jenny Nelson said: “We’re so THRILLED to support the next generation of classical musicians with our new ‘Sunday Night Scala’ series. It’s so refreshing to hear from new voices and understand about their passion for classical music from their perspective. We can’t wait to welcome our guests and transport our listeners to the concert hall every Sunday evening this September”.

Elsewhere in Bauer news, the media group last week announced the men that will front the regional drive time shows of its newly expanded Greatest Hits Radio network. And in a bold move to display the company’s commitment to diversity in broadcasting, the nine new regional shows really are all hosted by men.

The Greatest Hits Radio network increased its size significantly yesterday as an assortment of local radio stations across the UK rebranded under that name, the big rebrand being the result of a flurry of local radio acquisitions undertaken by Bauer last year.

The numerous local stations that are now part of that network will mainly take the same programming, though the drive time slot will be different in each region.

The DJs fronting those regional shows are: Rob Chandler (GHR East), Andy Goulding (GHR Midlands), Darren Proctor (GHR North West), Martin Starke (GHR South), Tony Wright (GHR South West), Steve Priestley (GHR Yorkshire), Dave Brooks (GHR South Wales), Chris Wright (GHR South Coast), and Matt Hutchinson (GHR Hull & East Yorkshire).

Confirming that line-up, the Group MD for Bauer’s wider Hits Radio Brand Network, Graham Bryce, said: “We are THRILLED about the line-up of talent hosting regional drivetime shows across Greatest Hits Radio. This is a very important part of the radio experience we are offering, alongside the local news and content we know listeners value, and shows from some of the best-loved broadcasters in the UK”.