On Monday 17th January 2005, competition and rivalry was put aside as the UK’s commercial radio stations came together for the first time to create UK Radio Aid. This unique national radio station focused on raising money for the children affected by the Asian Tsunami.
In an unprecedented collaboration EMAP, Capital Radio, Chrysalis, GMG Radio, GWR, SRH, Classic Gold, The Wireless Group, UKRD, The Local Radio Company, London Media, The Milestone Group, Tindle Radio, KMFM, Virgin and many independents like Nevis Radio, Juice in Liverpool, BCR FM, Bright 106.4, Telford FM, Waves Radio Peterhead, Two Lochs Radio and Spirit FM suspended broadcast of their usual schedules across all of their national and regional stations from 0600hrs to 1800hrs, to air a single star-studded programme to an estimated audience of over 20 million listeners across 200+ stations, the biggest ever UK commercial radio audience.
The lineup for the day was as follows:
06:00-08:00: Davina McCall and Dermot O’Leary
08:00-10:00: Chris Evans and Kate Thornton
10:00-12:00: Simon Bates and Jade Goody
12:00-14:00: Zoe Ball and Shane Richie
14:00-16:00: Mark Goodier and Tony Blackburn
16:00-18:00: Johnny Vaughan and Liza Tarbuck
Special guests included MP Tony Blair, Frank Skinner, Jason Donovan, Sharon Osbourne and even Prince Andrew!
You can listen to edited highlights from the first 4 hours below. We’ll add more soon!
Part 1 – Davina McCall and Dermot O’Leary
Part 2 – Chris Evans and Kate Thornton