Chris Evans on Virgin Radio – same show, different station

Chris Evans returned to the radio this morning with the same show, different station.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio has the same jingles, most of the same people, and the same energy from his BBC Radio 2 show which is finished on December 24th.

The first song, Lucky Man, was played live by Richard Ashcroft, followed by Queen’s Dont’s Stop Me Now.

In the first half hour, Chris mentioned “the other place” a number of times, and played his Wisebuddah jingles with an added “With Sky” sing on the end. Virgin Radio’s station voice-over Dave Bethell voices the show idents and sponsor credit.

The show is commercial free, with Chris adding: “This show will be commercial free for at least the next 100 years..”

His Radio 2 team, including Vassos Alexander as sports reporter and Rachel Horne on travel news, are on the show, plus a new addition of Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar providing the forecast.

The only difference is the audience and distribution. On BBC Radio 2 Chris had 10 million listeners each morning, whilst the total audience for Virgin Radio is currently under half a million.

His first guests include Fay Ripley, Paul Whitehouse, Romesh Ranganathan, and Rob Beckett, whilst returning features are the Big Screen Belter, Golden Oldie and Gobsmackers. The first Golden Oldie was chosen by Richard Branson.

Chris said: “Thank the Lord, we are so grateful for being back on the radio” and told listeners that Virgin was part of the Wireless Group, and based on the 14th floor of a building in London. Chris also mentioned that he walked into the office without being recognised by anyone so had to go back down outside for the photographers.

Sister company The Sun included a wrap-around its newspaper this morning as part of a major marketing campaign for the show.

News UK building in London – home of Virgin Radio