When fans learned that Matt & Michelle’s breakfast show on Heart Thames Valley was due to be axed after its parent company, Global Radio, announced it was moving to a national standardised breakfast show earlier this year, thousands of loyal listeners signed a petition to keep the much-loved breakfast show and the cheerful duo in our area. Many of the disappointed listeners also vowed to never listen to the show again if the perky pair went. They went. And the listeners turned off in their droves saying that they wanted local people presenting a local show.
They say that when one door closes, another one opens and in Michelle’s Jordan’s case, doors don’t really get any bigger than the BBC, who immediately snapped up the area’s favourite presenter and commissioned “Michelle On The Move”, her very own evening solo show!
Those who follow ‘Michelle Babs Jordan’ on social media will know that she’s very proactive, comical, and informative – and the savvy producers over at BBC Berkshire knew exactly what to do… They’d send her out and about to meet the locals!
In her new show which airs on Monday -Thursday evenings from 7-10pm, each day Michelle is sent by her team to visit a random postcode in the Berkshire area. Once there, she asks her army of Facebook followers to give her hints and tips on the best people to chat to in the area she’s in that day – concentrating on the comings and goings of specific villages and areas within the county. Chats with locals, full listener participation, hilarity and some fabulous music thrown into the mix is proving to be the perfect radio recipe – and the fans love it.
And that’s not all, as well as the show’s focus on local people and local places – they also wanted to cover local events too…
So when Hellen, our Editor was invited by Michelle and her production team to join the show to give a weekly ‘Eye’ on the weekend – how could she refuse?! Apparently, word had reached BBC HQ thatVillage Eye is the best read in the area and that if anyone knows what’s going on in Berkshire at the weekends, it’s us! So there you have it – we are on air!
You can catch Hellen’s Eye on the Weekend on ‘Michelle on the Move’ every Thursday night at 19:40 on BBC Radio Berkshire.
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