Adam Brown takes over John Kennedy’s Radio X late show

Former Capital and XS Manchester presenter Adam Brown is joining Radio X from next week to host the 10pm-1am show Monday to Thursday.

He takes over the slot from John Kennedy, who’s been doing the late show four nights a week on the station and its predecessor XFM for the last 20 years.

John’s X-Posure programme, which showcases new music, moves to Friday and Saturday nights 11pm-2am instead.

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Adam Brown said: “I’m so excited to be joining Radio X. I love sharing my stories and my passion for music with listeners. Having the chance to do that now across the UK on such a huge and influential station is going to be mega! I can’t wait to be part of it – I’m buzzing to get started!”

John Kennedy, who has given artists including Adele and Mumford & Sons their first radio airplay, said: “After twenty years of four nights a week it’s time for a change. I’m looking forward to taking X-Posure back to its roots on the weekend where it will still be the same show – the first for new talent and the best place for in depth musical exploration and conversation with some of the biggest and most influential names in music.”

Other changes to the Radio X schedule include:

Rich Wolfenden hosting The Radio X Indie Night on Friday and Saturday nights 7-11pm. It will launch on 8th May with a special Bank Holiday show featuring an exclusive broadcast of Arctic Monkeys’ 2014 Finsbury Park gig for the station. Polly James, who joined the station a year ago to do Friday and Saturday nights, is taking time off after recently giving birth.

Elspeth Pierce returning from maternity leave to take over the Early Weekend Breakfast show, 6-8am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Rich Walters going to five nights a week on overnights – Monday to Friday 1am-4am – and Michael Lavin taking over 2-6am on Saturdays and Sundays.

George Godfrey continuing to deputise for Gordon Smart on the Radio X Evening Show, Monday – Thursday 7-10pm, while Gordon takes time off for vocal cord surgery. Jack Wood will continue to cover Gordon Smart’s 1-4pm Sunday afternoon show, in addition to his regular Saturday afternoon 1pm – 4pm slot.

Matt Deverson, Managing Editor of Radio X, told RadioToday: “We’re really thrilled to have Adam Brown joining the Radio X team and to welcome back Elspeth Pierce with her brand-new Early Weekend Breakfast show. With a whole host of new shows and a massive new sound on Friday and Saturday nights with The Radio X Indie Night and John Kennedy’s X-Posure, Radio X’s spring refresh offers our listeners a brilliant mix of their favourite rock ‘n’ roll anthems, new music and classic tunes.”