Whose great idea was this?
Mike Osman, one of Britain’s leading impressionists, is no stranger to radio. Mike built his reputation on the Capital Gold Breakfast Show, building his audience to a staggering 1.7m listeners. In that time he achieved three New York World Radio Awards, the Promax Gold Award and the CRCA Newcomer Award, and performed numerous sell-out concert tours.
“As a kid, I always enjoyed listening to the radio and had a great opportunity to present the Breakfast Show on Capital Gold for six and a half years, working with some incredible people. I returned to radio on BBC Radio Solent and as a co-host with Chris Tarrant on Smooth FM in 2007 and I’ve really missed it since then. This time around, I can do everything that I loved before but give back to the listeners with Great British Radio.
“There are thousands of great songs out there and when I switch on the radio I don’t hear enough of them and there are so many very interesting people in this world and they don’t have a voice, so Great British Radio is a platform for them to have that voice. It doesn’t matter if they are celebrities or not, everybody has something interesting to say and I want to hear it with great music, coupled with funny content that makes me laugh out loud. We can do it differently, we’re not saying what we’re doing is right but we think we are.
We’ll let you be the judge of that… It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done, working with great people. It’s best summed up in the voice of our genius producer ‘It’s a celebration of voices, thoughts and lives.’”
Kevin King has been in radio for almost as long as cats have had whiskers! Back in 1983 when there were only a handful of radio stations around the U.K., the managers at the hugely popular Swansea Sound entrusted this London boy with finding a hitherto undiscovered night-time audience in South Wales.
With listening figures that modern-day managers can only wistfully dream of, Kevin quickly rose through the ranks to host the Breakfast Show, and it was those early starts that defined the next thirty-five years. Kevin went on to host Breakfast Shows on a variety of stations including Ocean Sound, South Coast Radio, Capital Gold, Spirit FM and Splash FM to name just a few.
As well as being locked in a studio, the ‘job’ (it’s never felt like work) also entailed outside broadcasts and hosting live shows and it was at one of these events that Kevin met, a rather talented impressionist by the name of, Mike Osman and straight away they became friends…
Who knew that some years later Kevin would be tasked by the bosses at Capital Radio to introduce Mike into the world of radio broadcasting. Thankfully there was very little teaching required, Mike’s a natural communicator and his Breakfast Show became a firm favourite in London. It was during the first Lockdown in 2020 that Mike called Kevin and said “what we need is a radio station that has positivity and enthusiasm that really engages with its audience. A radio station that doesn’t do what all the others do, something new, something fresh and where everyone is welcome.”.
So here we are, Great British Radio, it really is a ‘breath of fresh on-air.’
Entertaining is in Sam’s DNA. Being in showbusiness in whatever form; Sam is at home in them all.
Sam is best known for the characters he played in TV soaps such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, & mostly, Channel 4’s Brookside as Peter Phelan, the loveable hairdresser.
The stage and musical theatre have both played a huge part in Sam’s career. Playing the lead roles in Carousel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Boogie Nights, The Rat Pack (Live From Las Vegas) in London’s West End, as Dean Martin & Hot Flush, along with many others.
Sam was delighted to have been a part of the team who received the honour of the ‘Fringe First’ Award at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, for directing the play Kiss Me Honey, Honey and also gaining rave reviews for directing ‘Willie & Sebastian’ two years later.
Sam’s TV Credits include: The Royal, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Channel 5’s Night Fever and most recently BBC’s Doctors. Sam appeared in the 2013 movie Vendetta, Playing the role of Dennis Walsh alongside Danny Dyer.
Sam has been presenting on radio for the past six years. His show always has the audience as his main focus, connecting with listeners and engaging them has been his outlook from the start. Putting his guests at ease and making his interviews conversational and flowing is something he’s been complimented on by a number of high-profile celebrities.
“It’s never about me. It’s always about the audience connection and the guests. I’m just here coz I love it. Great British Radio ticks all my boxes. Giving the audience what they want. Great Music, Great Content, Great British Radio”.
Linda shot to fame in the early 80s as one of Britain’s best-loved models and with it came an opportunity to move into the world of acting. Linda’s career spans the world of stage, film and television.
Her lead TV roles include Carrie Nichols in ITV’s Emmerdale, where she was brought in on one of the most publicised storylines, “who killed Tom King?” and stayed for over a year. She had one of the hottest storylines in The Bill and played Maggie Lyons opposite Billy Murray’s dodgy Don Beech. She also played Frankie in Brookside opposite her husband Sam Kane, both on Channel 4 and on the spin-off DVD Brookside Friday The 13th. Linda was thrilled to be asked to play herself in The Detectorists on BBC4, as it is one of her favourite TV shows.
Linda is often seen on the Loose Women panel on ITV and her bubbly personality earned her a regular spot presenting Wish You Were Here on BBC1. Linda had her own chatshow, It’s Bizarre, on ITV and has also starred on The Royal Variety. Linda hosted A Kind of Magic on ITV with Wayne Dobson and presented her own fitness slot on GMTV. Linda took part in The Full Monty on Ice on ITV raising vital awareness for breast cancer.
Linda competed in ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2008, skating with Dan Whiston. Linda broke her foot during training but managed to compete until the final weeks and then joined the national tour, across the country, alongside Torvill and Dean. Linda has also competed in Celebrity Masterchef, reaching the semifinal and Celebrity Come Dine With Me, which she won. Linda joined other celebrities pushing themselves to the limit on Channel 4’s The Games.
Linda’s leading stage roles include Funny Peculiar, Bedside Manners, Not Now Darling, the musical Happy as a Sandbag, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, No Sex Please we’re British, and Rock with Laughter.
Linda has starred in pantomime up and down the country ever since 1988. At The Playhouse Weston Super Mare in 2018, Linda played The Wicked Queen alongside her daughter Lucy Kane who was playing Snow White. The Theatre broke box office records with five, 5-star reviews. Linda returned in 2019 to play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella alongside her husband Sam, who directed the production and played one of the ugly sisters.
Linda has starred in many summer seasons across the country and has taken her own show to the British Forces overseas.
Linda’s film credits include Snappers, Olympus Force, The Zero Imperative, What’s The Score, Oh Minnie, Consuming Passions and The Krays: Dead Man Walking.