North Media Talent

Adam English

Adam is a seasoned presenter, working for the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Oxford, JACKfm, Nation Radio and was recently at the helm of a national Drive Time show across the JACK Media Network.

His journey began at Warwick University’s Student Radio. Inspired by another lanky bloke from Bristol, Stephen Merchant, who graced the very same station decades earlier, Adam let his creativity burst while on air there. His efforts were recognised at the 2018 Student Radio Awards, winning Gold for Best Male Presenter; the very same award won by Greg James, years before.

This led him to cover Adele Roberts for an Early Breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 in 2019.

From there he launched Union JACK Radio’s first ever breakfast show, affectionately named The Full English, despite him being vegetarian. He never did reveal that on air. He was. at that point, the youngest national breakfast presenter at 23 years old.

Since then he has led an ARIA-winning national campaign to find Britain’s Best Beer Garden, interviewed the likes of Russell Howard, Mark Watson and Mark Labbett, wrote and performed 5 minutes of stand up comedy in a packed Leicester theatre in aid of charity and very nearly played the Mr. Blobby Song on national radio at the moment the world learned of Dame Vera Lynn’s death.

As well as radio, Adam dabbles in all manners of activities; he has a weekly podcast, hosts live events (including a Q&A with Sir Brian Blessed on a boat floating down the Thames (no, really)) and has even recently started a YouTube channel as a conduit for all the stupid ideas in his head.

In 2021 he was included in the Radio Academy’s 30 Under 30 List: a list of the ‘ones to watch’ in the radio industry.

He has no relation to Johnny.

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Emil Franchi

Emil presented Friday Early Breakfast plus cover BBC Radio 1 throughout July 2022 and has since covered for Matt and Mollie plus the Official Chart for Radio 1. He is also a regular cover presenter on Absolute Radio. Before this he presented Heart North East Drivetime.

Growing up in the North East, Emil first caught the radio bug while studying at University, where he produced and hosted shows at Newcastle Student Radio, going on to help organise the successful 2014 SRA Conference bid.

During his time at University, Emil volunteered at hospital station Radio Tyneside, working on their Breakfast show for 2 years despite being one of their youngest presenters. He was nominated for Best Male Presenter at the HBA Awards.

In early 2015 Emil moved to Stoke-on-Trent to present overnights on the old UTV/Wireless Local Network covering 9 stations including Signal 1, Pulse 1 and The Wave. Within eighteen months, he moved through the ranks to present the weekday evening shows, alongside hosting events for the station and presenting backstage interviews, at Total Access Live 2016.

After 2 years in Staffordshire, Emil returned to the North East for a brief spell on Star Radio Drive, in his home County, Durham, before moving to Heart North East as their weekend presenter. He was their Saturday breakfast presenter for 18 months.

In June 2019, Emil took over Heart North East’s Drivetime show, becoming the youngest presenter in the Heart regional slot. In no time at all and without hesitation, he jumped out of a plane for Heart’s Big Sky Dive, helping raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise. He has been host for several live events including Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life.

Outside the world of Radio, Emil is a huge fan of his beloved Newcastle United and has been involved in fan media since 2018. He is part of the “True Faith” Fanzine & Podcast and is the face of their popular Fan Cam videos on YouTube. He has been interviewed, regularly, on Sky Sports News and BBC Sport, representing the group, offering insight and opinion.

More recently, Emil’s enthusiasm, communication and presenting skills have provided a route into the team at WhatCulture. He now provides content on movies and TV Shows such as Marvel, Star Wars and Doctor Who.

With a wide and diverse knowledge of music, Emil will happily challenge all takers to a game of, “Guess the intro”! He has a passion for entertaining and gives every challenge full commitment.

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Pete Snodden

Broadcaster, DJ, Speaker, Host, Stadium Announcer & TV show contributor are just some of the terms you can use to describe Pete Snodden. He is a Husband and Father is best known as the voice behind the hugely successful breakfast show on Cool FM in Northern Ireland for the best part of 16 years. Pete is a broadcaster who is equally at home behind the mic in a studio as he is in front of a live audience and has a vast array of experience. Pete has opened for the President of the United States ‘Barrack Obama’ at his keynote speech in Belfast ahead of the G8 conference in 2013. He has broadcasted live from the red carpet at the MTV European Music awards and has hosted many events including Red Bull’s ‘Crashed Ice’ and ‘Soap Box Race’, ‘Heineken Star Serve’, ‘Sports Relief’’ and the closing ceremony of the World Police & Fire Games.

Pete’s interview technique makes interviewees feel at ease and ensures he gets the best out of each person he speaks to from the world of music, sport, entertainment and politics. Amongst his favourite interviews are Rory McIlroy, Alicia Keys, Usher & Noel Gallagher.

Pete has attained a few accolades along the way, CIPR Entertainment Presenter of the Year, Fate Magazine and Go Magazines Media personality of the year and has also enjoyed his former dance show ‘The Source’ picking up the ‘Most informative Media’ award at the NI Dance music awards.

A club DJ and a huge sports fan, Pete plays Hockey and Golf and has a love for football and rugby.

Pete stands proud as an ambassador for the ‘Prince’s Trust’ and ‘Young Enterprise Northern Ireland’.

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Jack Wood

Jack currently Hosts “Scruff Of The Neck TV” on Twitch where he interviews bands, and puts on gigs, and is a regular host of charity gigs for WarChild. He also occasionally presents on XS Manchester, and until recently presented on Radio X.

He started his presenting career at hospital Radio, Radio Cavell in Oldham and then went on to present on University Radio Nottingham, as well as being the playlist editor.

As music is his passion after graduating he worked for an online music review site, Subba-cultcha, organising album, gig, festival reviews for others as well as writing his own reviews.

Radio picked up when he started to present weekend overnights on the Bauer city network before moving to Weekday Early Breakfast across the City Network, alongside presenting Sunday mornings on Kerrang! Radio then to it’s evening show. This was alongside Saturday afternoons on Preston’s famous Rock FM!

He then moved to Radio X presenting Friday Evenings amongst a host of other shows.

Jack’s a keen writer, from having opinion pieces published in Metro, and a recent article in NME.

As a keen runner, he hosts his own weekly podcast, “Wood on the Run” which is a running playlist and chat to encourage casual runners. He also hosts the MancMade podcast, interviewing people who have influenced and been influenced by Manchester such as Rowetta from the Happy Mondays and ex Mayor Carl Austin-Behan.

Other things that take up Jack’s time are sport, born into a Man U household as well as style and fashion, especially renewable fashion.

He was never knowingly sold PPI.

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Joel Mitchell

Joel’s first paid job in radio came during his second year of university. when he freelanced as a Broadcast Assistant for BBC local radio in Sheffield and York. His arrival coincided with the relaunch of local weekday evening shows, and in summer 2018 he began co-presenting the weekly youth strand ‘Hello Friday’ for BBC Radio Sheffield. A year later he moved to BBC Radio Leeds to present his own show. Currently, he presents every Saturday between 6pm and 8pm.

Joel’s first opportunity to present on BBC Radio 1 came in December 2019, when he deputised for Scott Mills on the ‘Official Chart’. In January 2021 he became the first host of the rotating Friday ‘Early Breakfast’ slot.

Occasionally, Joel can be heard reading the news on BBC Radio 5 Live. He was on shift when Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care with Covid-19, and when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping back from their role as senior royals.

Away from work, Joel enjoys travelling and catching up with friends and family.

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Jay Lawrence

Jay is currently a presenter for Absolute Radio.

Jay got involved in radio when he joined the radio station at the University of East Anglia, Livewire. He then went on to win two Student Radio Awards (a silver and a bronze still count as winning, right?)

Immediately after leaving university he started presenting BBC Introducing, shining a light on some of the best new music around. Listening and pushing new sounds has always been a keen interest of Jay’s, starting from promoting sell out gigs at the age of 15 in his hometown Leighton Buzzard. He has been known to run around the office like a mad man when he finds his new favourite song.

Jay spent some time at Radio X in 2017, before moving to Absolute. Jay hosts Weekend Breakfast and has also presented the music-focused Evening Show, the Absolute Radio Request Show plus Rock N Roll Football (incorporating Jay’s other love: sport).

And speaking of, Jay has previously covered Norwich City for the BBC (his second team, he admits, behind his boyhood Liverpool). He also hosts an American Football podcast, The NFL Tailgate. After accidentally rooming with a bunch of college footballers whilst living in New Orleans, Jay got into the sport and now firmly has ‘attending the Super Bowl’ on his bucket list.

Other than that, Jay enjoys long walks on the beach, the name ‘Brian’ and the recent films of Nicholas Cage.

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Alex Mansuroglu

Alex was a Kiss chosen back in 2012 and now is one of the leading voices of Kiss FM UK, working his way up through the ranks to the most listened to show on the station, Live @ Kiss, with national show figures of over 2million and the biggest commercial drive time show in London! Along with being busy playing all of the biggest KISS tunes throughout the day, in the mornings you can hear him dropping brand new tracks on Kiss Fresh.

When not on your airwaves, you can find Alex on your TV. He hosts the Official Box Upfront Chart which broadcasts across the Boxplus stations, counting down the hottest pre release tunes of the week! And if you switch over to 4music, you can hear him as the continuity announcer. He works closely with 4Music and can be seen as a guest presenter/expert on the stations Fresh Focus programme
Visually, Alex can be seen all over the Kiss FM UK timeline, interviewing celebrities, creating viral content and hosting at various arenas! And you can catch him working alongside Channel 5 for some of their Video Countdown shows.

Alex has the ability to make content viral, whether it’s his Parody videos gaining social attention, Stormy rapping with his actual Nan or getting exclusive music snippets from Calvin Harris. He regularly churns out content to get his audience laughing! Collectively gaining millions of views and impressions

And after receiving his first set of turntables at 11 years old, Alex fell in love with music, and every year you can see him flying out to your favourite party islands to play the biggest clubs.

Alex has already gained tremendous success, on air, on television and online, but his journey is only getting started

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Sophie K

Sophie K is presenter of Kerrang Radio’s breakfast, Absolute Radio Weekends, Amazon Music and her succesful ‘On Wednesdays We Wear Black’ podcast. Sophie has presented her own show (Tube Screamer) for the UK’s most well known rock and metal channel Scuzz TV. She has also been cover presenter for the BBC Radio 1 Indie Show.

Sophie first fell in love with radio at the age of 12 where she presented a show for a national station in Uganda in East Africa earning her a UNICEF award nomination. When she moved back to her home town Huddersfield she decided to attend University in Manchester so that she could start presenting for Channel M.

It was when Sophie moved to London after her degree that she decided to become a specialist presenter within the alternative world. Faced with the challenge of not being the stereotypical rock music presenter Sophie started making her own YouTube content and launched one of the most popular shows on the online station Total Rock. All the while working as an assistant presenter on shopping TV gaining live experience and perfecting the skill of selling pens at 3am!

The sheer popularity of her music content was undeniable which landed Sophie a new music show on the DAB station Team Rock in 2014. Within one year the mainly self produced show was nominated for an Arquiva and Sophie had officially become the most well known presenter in the new rock scene.

Sophie was subsequently given her own show on Scuzz TV (Sony) the first of its kind, which has amassed a cult following on YouTube. Sophie presents for Kerrang Radio breakfast and at the last RAJAR had increased the show following by a record breaking 57.2%. In high demand, she can also be seen presenting for Americas biggest youth rock magazine Alternative Press and hosts the annual Heavy Music Awards which is held at KoKo London with a capacity of 1450 people.

2018 is a busy year as she also hosted a stage at Download Festival, the UK’s biggest single site festival this year, second only to Glastonbury. Her unique style has also attracted fashion brands such as Primark as they asked Sophie to be the face of their live Christmas social campaign.

The waves are her second home and her Instagram is full of surfing pictures or skateboarding round London. She has an impressive collection of tattoos from some of the most famous artists in the world. Sophie is unique but has a deep love for all music from rock to pop and that knowledge is why she has become the face of British alternative music in 2018.

Her style is friendly, funny and infectiously excitable.

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Jay James

Jay James (also known Jay James Picton) is a British Recording Artist, Songwriter & Broadcaster from Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.

Outside a career in music, the Welsh charmer’s reputation in broadcasting is building. With established experience in both Radio, TV and voiceover, Jay is an exciting talent who is instinctive and passionate about going the distance.

The former Royal Navy man has received some pretty impressive accolades from some of the biggest names in the World of music & entertainment. As a singer & songwriter with National & International radio playlist support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 2 & Global he has written and collaborated with and for the likes of John Legend, Naughty Boy & Nick Jonas to name a few. Jay became wider and more commercially known through his heavily featured involvement in TV Show, the X Factor UK (Season 11).

As a hugely popular finalist on the series, on completion it was revealed Jay ended as Simon Cowell & Louis Walsh’s ’favourite to win’. The show placed him firmly in the spotlight leading to tours of the biggest arenas and music venues in the UK & Ireland, it lead to work with royalty not to mention ongoing collaboration with lots of biggest brands & companies in the World lining up to work with the multi-talented creative currently residing in Weston-Super-Mare.

Despite the lights and temptations of the ‘Celebrity World’ in 2015, Jay decided to take some time to reflect and build a more longer term career plan, an ambition in broadcasting realised through UK radio tours promoting his debut album as an artist on Decca Records (Universal).

With natural flare and a huge opportunity to develop his talents with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (Forces Network). In 2016 the former warfare specialist & physical trainer who had previously served ten years in the Military suddenly found himself successfully pitching & co-presenting a show which, now in it’s second successful year is known as the Flagship Music & Entertainment Show on Forces Radio, BFBS Worldwide.

As the resident music specialist & celebrity raconteur at Forces Radio BFBS, Jay has also presented & produced popular podcasts and ‘music specials’ for the Forces Network that boasts a dedicated audience of armed forces personnel, their families and forces fans, the ‘Big Show’ airs to 29+ Countries around the Globe every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 4-7pm UKT on DAB+ in the UK, Sky 0211, Online, On App & FM around the Forces World.

‘Sportsline’ – The only dedicated Sports Show in the South West. Last year, Monday evenings saw Jay anchor a regional Sports & Entertainment TV programme on Made in Bristol TV (Freeview 7, Sky 117). The show was focused around all sports in and around the Southwest from Bristol City FC in the Championship, Bristol & Bath Rugby to lower level grassroots sports & teams. After such creative input Jay was made executive producer of the show which ran until Christmas 2017. With priority towards Radio and touring the UK as a ‘Special guest’ to Alexander O’Neal in 2018, the channel decided to rest the popular regional programme.

Jay lists being featured at number 10 in Heat & FHM’s Magazine’s Annual ‘Top 100 Hottest Men in the World’ poll as his greatest achievement, just above his daughter and pulling his wife, he says beating Tom Jones placed at no 16 meant everything.

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