Following a plethora of recent changes to the schedules of the various Real Radio stations around the UK, sister station Smooth Radio will overhaul its line-up next week.
The main change is that Pat Sharp, who has previously presented a weekend show for the station, will get the daily afternoon slot, with that show’s incumbent Carlos moving to evenings. Current evening show host, Andy Peebles, who has been with Smooth since 2004, will depart the station’s daily schedules, though will continue to present his weekend soul show.
Lynn Parsons has recently taken over the morning show on Smooth from the now departed Mark Goodier. David Prever will replace Parsons in the weekend morning slot, while Daryl Denham, formerly of Real Radio in Yorkshire, will takeover weekend breakfast.
Both Real Radio and Smooth are in the process of being acquired by Global Radio, of course, and are currently in limbo while that takeover is investigated by the Competition Commission.
Whereas recent on air and behind the scenes changes at Real Radio were very much about streamlining the operation (to the extent that many expect Global to phase Real out, if and when its acquisition is approved, with Real frequencies being reallocated to the Heart and Capital networks), the changes at Smooth somehow seem less ominous.