Bob Harris

Born 11 April 1946




Bob first embraced the media as a journalist, music reviewer and co-founder of Time Out magazine.

With assistance from John Peel, he gained the introduction that eventually led to him becoming presenter of Sounds of the Seventies on BBC Radio One. Shortly afterwards, as host of the BBC television series The Old Grey Whistle Test, 'Whispering' Bob Harris began to attract a more diverse audience.

Bob's genteel style and musical tastes were generally at odds with the 'punk' movement of the 1970s, but he went on to enjoy a loyal following through a host of radio stations including Radio Luxembourg, BBC local radio, independent commercial stations and a long spell on BFBS. During this time he continued to introduce music programmes and music reviews while also demonstrating his versatility as a chat-show host and a presenter of sports programmes. These skills continue to be used in documentaries produced by his Whispering Bob Production Company.

Since 1997, Bob has established himself on BBC Radio Two where he currently presents The Bob Harris Show and Bob Harris Country, developing the latter to embrace 'New Country' music and to introduce new talent. In the process, he has received accolades in his home-country and also from America, where he was recognised as the Country Music Association International Broadcaster of the Year in 2004.

By sharing his passionate and unwavering support for the type of music that he loves, Bob Harris has earned the respect of listeners for over more than decades. His achievements may be summarised in a few words from The Mail On Sunday who called him “a national treasure”.

Audio

The Day John Met Paul – 2007

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Bob Harris Country – 2009

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