Chris Evans stated it was “so excellent to be back on Virgin” as he introduced his brand-new breakfast radio program.
It’s his very first given that he left BBC Radio 2 on Christmas Eve after 9 years of fronting the breakfast program there.
“I state, this is extremely interesting,” Evans stated as he opened his brand-new program.
“It’s so excellent to be back on Virgin and I need to state it’s a genuine reward, we are blessed, we could not be more grateful,” he included.
Singer Richard Ashcroft remained in the studio with Evans to play the very first tune live – Lucky Man by his previous band The Verve.
“There’s been a great deal of discuss the very first tune I’m going to play,” Evans stated prior to he presented the vocalist.
“But I push buttons, I do not play tunes, artists play tunes. Why do not we get an artist to play a tune live, how about Richard Ashcroft?”
Other visitors appearing on Evans’s very first Virgin program consisted of stars Fay Ripley and Paul Whitehouse.
In what might be an indication of things to come, comics Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett were likewise on to promote their Sky One program .
Sky are sponsoring Evans’s program, which indicates it will not include adverts – a very first for a business radio breakfast program.
Evans discussed he has actually signed a three-year agreement at Virgin, however included he’s most likely to extend that to 5 years.
Features on the brand-new program consist of Gobsmackers, Golden Oldie and Big Screen Belter – where listeners request their preferred tune from a motion picture soundtrack.
Evans notified listeners of 2 modifications given that he was last heard on air – that his household has a brand-new canine which he no longer owns a smart device.
The DJ informed listeners Zoe Ball, who has actually taken control of the breakfast program on BBC Radio 2, sent him a message over the weekend to want him best of luck.
Dismissing rumours of any competition in between the 2, Evans stated: “If anyone’s any proficient at anything, there’s space for everybody. And it assists with the quality of business.”
Songs by Blondie, Queen, Coldplay, Stereophonics, KT Tunstall, Oasis, Kings of Leon and Blossoms were on the playlist for Evans’s very first program on Virgin, which broadly specialises in rock and indie music.
Roy Martin of Radio Today explained the very first program as “exact same program, various station”.
“The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio has the very same jingles, the majority of the exact same individuals, and the exact same energy from his BBC Radio 2 program,” he stated.
James Corden was amongst those to welcome Evans to the airwaves on Twitter, composing: “It’s making me feel extremely homesick and fuzzy and yet warm at the exact same time.”
Listeners likewise were normally favorable about the program, although some had a hard time to locate the digital-only Virgin on their radios.