Monday, 29 July 2013

The Viking Invasion – Part 7 – Viking FM

To conclude this series of posts on Viking Radio here are a few random bits of publicity some audio memories from the late 90s and early 00s.

From the mid 90s some team publicity shots with the DJs posing in their Petroleum clothing.

The breakfast star from late 1993 was king of the wind-ups Simon Logan. Readers of a Viking FM publicity leaflet were told that Simon is “out of bed at 4.30 each morning to feed his cat Mostyn”. 

This is part of Simon’s last show at Viking FM (before his move to Radio Aire) on 19 December 1997. Simon currently broadcasts daily on BBC Radio Newcastle.

A selection of publicity cards (and some of the blurb from the back) from the late 90s:

Sam Heywood
Her birthday is 18 February. Sam’s favourite bands are Alanis Morissette and Sash and she thinks the sexiest person is Matthew Perry – Chandler from Friends. (After 13 years at Viking Sam is now on KCFM as Programme Manager).

David Johnson
Born 23 January. His favourite TV shows are TOTP, Friends and The Clothes Show and his favourite movie is The Italian Job. (At the time I think David was doing drivetime. He went on to work at Century FM and Key 103)

Scott Makin
Birthday on 13 May. His favourite experience at Viking was meeting Melinda Messenger and getting a kiss. (Scott was later at Century FM, Real Radio and now at Hallam FM)

Joel Ross
His birthday is 31 May. His favourite band is The Spice Girls and his favourite TV show is Prisoner Cell Block H. (Joel along with JK teamed up for the Viking breakfast show. Their subsequent career on radio and TV is well documented).

Jason King
Born on 6 January. Thinks the sexiest person is Claire Goose. Loves to eat curry, pizza and boiled egg and soldiers. His favourite experience at the station was doing the “full monty” in front of 2000 women.

When JK and Joel left Viking it was Simon Hirst that took over the breakfast slot. From here’s Hirsty in June 2002.

From 2000 Viking’s new logo using EMAP’s ‘Big City’ branding.

Another clip from, this time Steve Jordan who returned to Viking last year having originally been on air at the station between 1995 and 1999.

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