Chesterfield DJ joins one of the UK’s newest national radio stations
Veteran Chesterfield DJ Jeff Cooper is to join one of the UK’s newest national radio stations.
Jeff has signed up with Boom Radio, the major new radio station aimed at ‘baby boomers’, broadcasting across the UK on DAB and online.
His radio career began in 1972 on board pirate radio. Then he was a staff announcer on BBC Radios 1 and 2, where his duties included reading the news, the Shipping Forecast and football results, and presenting several familiar music programmes.
He then moved to award-nominated shows at major radio stations across the UK. In recent years, he has pioneered radio projects across Europe.
Jeff came to this area in the early 90s to help launch ‘The New Hallam FM’, and was later the first voice on sister station, Magic AM.
He also started Hallam’s new music show ‘XS’, where he produced sessions for many bands including Travis, Alabama 3, Longpigs and others. Later, he was the programme controller of Peak 107 (later Peak FM).
He will also be familiar to many local bus passengers, as his work for Stagecoach has included becoming the voice of their ‘next stop announcements’ in Sheffield, and even part-time bus driving in Chesterfield!
At Boom Radio, Jeff joins David Hamilton, Esther Rantzen and others, on a station which majors on music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, spiced with older tracks and some newer material. Each of the station’s accomplished radio names broadcast from their own bases – and Jeff’s programme will originate from his company’s Chesterfield studios.
Jeff, who also oversees the long-running New Music station, 2XS Rocks, said: “My usual radio world revolves around new bands and rock, but I’m serious about music of all kinds, so it’s great to be part of a station which draws on such an eclectic library”.
Jeff will make his debut on Boom’s drive-time show from 4pm on the 6th September.
Station programme director David Lloyd commented “It’s excellent to have someone of Jeff’s calibre on-board. We’ve been blown away by the response to our station from listeners who feel their interests are increasingly neglected by other radio stations”.