Doc Brown joins Jazz FM as part of 60-minute Discovery line up

Comedian, actor, rapper and vinyl collector Ben Bailey Smith, AKA Doc Brown, is joining Jazz FM as part of the station’s Saturday and Sunday 60-minute Discovery line up.

This has in the past featured guest presenters such as Clive Myrie, Marcus Brigstocke, David Jensen, Emma Jean Thackray, Grammy winner Samara Joy and Sir Michael Parkinson.

Comedian, actor, rapper and vinyl collector Doc Brown will host a five-part Saturday evening series playing records from his own collection.

Known for his acting roles in dramas such as Star Wars: Andor, The Sixth Commandment, Doctor Who and as a panellist on Taskmaster, Ben also performs stand up and raps, having released collaborations with The Jazz Defenders and Romesh Ranganathan. His appointment to Jazz FM follows him guest hosting a show on New Year’s Day.

Ben Bailey Smith said: “I really enjoyed putting together a playlist at the start of the year for the station and being asked to come back and do more, I feel even more excited.

“My passion for the music goes back to my dad’s old jazz records, plus my mum’s soul and reggae vinyl’s – many of which I still have today – which in turn spurred me on to collect all sorts of genres across the world of music.

“My Vinyl Hour on Jazz FM is going to be a real chance to delve into the shelves and find some real classics along with new pieces that I love. I can’t wait to share them!”

Jazz FM and Scala Radio Content Director Nick Pitts added: “Ben’s show on New Year’s Day was a standout moment for us – realising how much he was in love with our music made me want to get him back to do more.

“These slots on a Saturday and Sunday evening are a chance to the guests hosts to nerd out and play their favourite music and dig deep to even surprise themselves alongside the audience, and I have no doubt that Ben will do just that.  Standby – we’ve five weeks of amazing music coming up!”

Doc Brown’s Vinyl Hour starts on Saturday 16th March at 9pm.