Belfast Telegraph

Radio Times tells listeners to speak out about their favourite voice on the air

Radio listeners are being asked to vote for their favourite voice on the airwaves.

The Radio Times has put together a shortlist of 40 names - 20 male and 20 female - including famous personalities and some less well-known suggestions from digital stations and radio drama.

Spice Girls star Emma Bunton, Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young and journalist Lyse Doucet are among the women on the list, while DJ Chris Moyles, comedian Barry Cryer and Today presenter John Humphrys are among the men.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times radio editor, said: "The rules are simple. We're not looking for the cleverest presenter, the most ground-breaking reporter or a relentlessly accurate weather forecaster.

"We want you to tell us who creates that thrill, that buzz or that sense all is well in the world when you hear them speak.

"Which radio voice can't you resist? Read the shortlist and allow the voices to linger inside your head. And then pick your favourite three men and three women in order of how much you love them."

Tony Blackburn is not among the 20 men and, asked if he had been removed in light of recent events, a spokesman said he was not on the shortlist.

The veteran DJ thanked fans after being sacked from the BBC in the wake of the Dame Janet Smith inquiry into sexual abuse at the corporation.

Introducing his Retro Countdown show on Kent-based KMFM on Sunday afternoon, the 73-year-old said: "Thank you very much for all your support this week.

"Thank you as well to KMFM. I hope you enjoy the show."

Blackburn, whose evidence to the inquiry was criticised by BBC director-general Tony Hall, said he had been made a scapegoat by the corporation.

The full shortlist is available on the Radio Times website.


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