North Media Talent

Conor Knight

Conor recently presented BBC Radio 1 Christmas daytimes where he took the reins of the Ricky, Melvin and Charlie show.

Conor is currently presenting mid-mornings on Radio Essex – where he’s been bringing his tongue in cheek demeanour, love for music and popstar nonsense to his dedicated and growing band of listeners since 2018.

His radio journey started on community radio back in 2017 where all he wanted to do was play the music he loved and talk about popstars being ridiculous.

This led on to him joining FunKids where he brings his brand of fun and joy to kids (and adults) across the UK since 2019, working his way from a weekend slot to now, hosting weekday evenings.

The pandemic saw Conor launch a comedy fact podcast called Baffled – which has charted in the in the UK Top 20 & US Top 40 – this has saw the likes of Paul Chowdry and Yvette Fielding drop by for a chat.

Conor feels equally at home in the studio as he does being out and about covering festivals such as Creamfields, CBBC’s Summer Social and the Brit Awards – where he gets to interview celebrities and musicians.

Hailing from Hornchurch, Conor is a typical Essex lad, and outside radio enjoys, Gigs, fashion and a trip to his local for a pint.

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Rob Howard

Rob Howard is an multi award winning presenter, who can currently be heard on the Heart Network weekend breakfast show. He has worked for many radio stations including 10 years at Capital where he presented almost every show including breakfast!

Rob has hosted many events including the National Student Radio Awards at London O2 Indigo and worked many red carpets including the Mobo’s and the Brits. He has also interviewed countless stars including Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and his interview with Steve Carell went viral gaining over 6 million views. Rob can also DJ and has opened for Olly Murs and JLS on their UK stadium tours.

Rob also has a large following on tiktok with over 335,000 followers, amassing over 52 million total views and 9 million total likes.

Outside of work Rob is a Dad as well as a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder

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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 presents Wednesday evenings across BBC local radio in the North East and North West, and is a producer / newsreader for BBC Radio 5 Live. Previously he presented his own slot on BBC Radio Leeds between June 2019 and September 2023, after a stint launching the ‘Hello Friday’ youth strand for BBC Radio Sheffield in August 2018.

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, and returned two years later in January 2023.

Joel regularly hosts events for several industry bodies, and also appears on internal BBC panels to discuss his work.

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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 is sometimes heard covering on BBC Radio 1, including Early Breakfast. He has also presented on Hits Radio, KISS Fresh and for a decade on the Kiss FM UK network.

Alex was a Kiss chosen back in 2012 and became 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!

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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