BOB HARRIS OBE
Described by Radio Times as one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and an independent champion of great music and by the Mail On Sunday as a national treasure, Bob has been at the centre of the British music industry for more than forty years.
Few people have broken as many bands into the mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris through his work on Radio 1, the legendary Whistle Test TV shows and his current programmes on Radio 2. He is passionate about music and his infectious enthusiasm permeates his work. Bobs guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence, and this is reflected in his broadcasting skills and his devotion to the best music.
He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen and his shows have become the Holy Grail for acts worldwide. His tireless promotion of new and cutting edge music is second to none.
He has been described as the John Peel of country music, and his unbridled passion and commitment to the genre (and its many sub-genres) has gained him the recognition of the Country Music Association, who honoured him with the International Broadcaster of the Year award in 2004.
Bob and his wife Trudie recently founded the Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company, an independent production house, making documentaries for Radio and television and winners of 2 Sony Silver Radio Awards in 2008/09.
Bob's depth of understanding of popular music its origins and influences is immense. As a voice on the radio reassuring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic he is unique.
Bob has been successfully fighting prostate cancer since diagnosis in March 2007.