Stephen Richard Wright (born 26 August 1954) is an English radio persona and DJ, credited for introducing the zoo format on British radio, with its zany, multi-personality method. He at the moment presents Steve Wright within the Afternoon and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2, one of many BBC’s nationwide radio stations and the preferred station within the United Kingdom. On BBC Tv Wright has hosted House Truths, The Steve Wright Folks Present, Auntie’s TV Favourites, High Of The Pops and TOTP2. Wright has gained awards, together with Finest DJ of the Yr as voted by readers of The Solar, the Each day Mirror Readers Ballot and by Smash Hits in 1994. In 1998, he was awarded TRIC Character of the Yr for his radio programmes.
Formative years and profession
Born in Greenwich, South London, the elder of two boys in a working-class household, Wright was raised in New Cross. His childhood ambition was to work within the leisure enterprise. His father, Richard Wright, was a tailor and the supervisor of the Burton’s retailer in Trafalgar Sq.. Wright was a quiet youngster, and by no means very scholarly.[better source needed] He was educated at Eastwood Excessive Faculty for Boys, close to Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Steve often broadcast a nascent radio present over the college speaker system from the college inventory cabinet. He began broadcasting in 1976 at Thames Valley Radio Radio 210 in Studying, Berkshire alongside Mike Learn. In 1979 Wright bought his massive break at Radio Luxembourg, the place he offered his personal nightly present, presenting a Saturday night present, then Saturday morning.
BBC Radio 1
In 1980,Wright joined BBC Radio 1 taking up a Saturday night slot earlier than shifting to Saturday mornings later that 12 months.
Steve Wright within the Afternoon (1981 – 1993)
In 1984, Wright took over a Sunday morning present entitled Steve Wright on Sunday, which meant he offered weekday afternoons Mondays to Thursdays solely, with Mark Web page and Paul Jordan presenting Friday afternoon’s present. In 1986 his Sunday morning present ended, and he returned to 5 afternoons per week.
The unique incarnation of Steve Wright within the Afternoon ran from 1981 to 1993 on BBC Radio 1. The present turned identified in its Radio 1 incarnation for its forged of phone characters created and carried out by Gavin McCoy, Peter Dickson, Richard Easter and Phil Cornwell. Like his mentor, Kenny Everett, Wright went out of its approach to be irreverent, together with tales taken from the Weekly World Information. The success led to successful single, I am going to Be Again, launched underneath the title Arnee and the Terminaters. In later years the model modified, dumping a lot of the characters and as an alternative having a “zoo” format, with spoof visitors and comedy sketches. A “posse” of producers and radio employees joined in. This format was new to British radio and marked the start of the marginalisation (and eventual departure) of a number of established Radio 1 DJs over time that adopted.
The Radio 1 Breakfast Present (1994 – 1995)
Wright and his Posse moved to The Radio 1 Breakfast Present in 1994. He resigned from the Breakfast Present in 1995 because of variations with the BBC Radio 1 administration, he was sad with the plummeting listening figures of the station because of its restructuring underneath new controller Matthew Bannister, which led to most of the extra established DJs leaving, or being sacked, round this time.
Wright was picked up by the brand new station Discuss Radio in 1995, the place he offered a Saturday morning present. He offered numerous syndicated exhibits on Sunday mornings on a lot of different British business stations.
BBC Radio 2
Within the early 1970s Wright labored behind the scenes at BBC Radio 2, as a Gramophone Librarian. He returned to Radio 2 in March 1996, the place he started presenting Steve Wright’s Saturday Present (1996-99) and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs (1996-), and his afternoon present starting in July 1999. Wright is claimed to earn £440,000 a 12 months at Radio 2.
Steve Wright within the Afternoon (July 1999 – current)
Wright presents his Radio 2 model of Steve Wright within the Afternoon on weekday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm, alongside Tim Smith and Janey Lee Grace (who’ve each additionally often seem as reduction presenters on the station), in addition to site visitors reporter Bobbie Pryor. One other frequent contributor, “The Previous Lady”, was performed by Joyce Frost who died in November 2016.
Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs (March 1996 – current)
Sunday Morning Love Songs, which Wright presents on his personal, between 9 and 11, with a mix of basic love songs, dedications and real-life romance tales, options gadgets together with Contact, I Simply Met, Getting Hitched and Chocolate and Flowers. The music performed has a romantic really feel.
In 2013 it was revealed that the present was recorded on a Friday afternoon. The BBC Belief‘s editorial requirements committee stated the failure to tell listeners correctly breached pointers on accuracy and interacting with the viewers.
Profession exterior radio
Wright offered a BBC TV collection, The Steve Wright Folks Present, from 1994–95. His subsequent stint in tv was because the narrator and author of the retro pop present High of the Pops 2 between 1997 and 2009. The final episode of TOTP2 he offered was the Michael Jackson particular broadcast on 27 June 2009; Mark Radcliffe offered the following episode, which was the 2009 Christmas particular broadcast on 23 December 2009.
Little is thought about Wright’s private life. He’s allergic to feathers and penicillin. As soon as, whereas on a street journey in New England, he was listening to a tune on the radio by Santana when he pulled as much as a gasoline station. On the gasoline station was Carlos Santana himself.
- Steve Wright Steve Wright’s E book of Factoids, HarperCollins Publishers (UK), (2005) ISBN 0-00-720660-7