- Ben Jones (DJ)
Ben Jones is an English Radio
DJon Absolute Radio.
Born in Bournemouth, Dorset, Jones' first steps into the radio industry were as teaboy and Broadcast Assistant on local radio stations such as
2CRand Power FM.
After a spell as one of the DJ's at the
Capital Radio Cafein 1997, Jones became a presenter on the British version on The Disney Channel. From 1998 he worked as a presenter CITV, fronting programmes such as "The Top 10 of Everything", "Its a Mystery" and "CITV Afternoons" along with other presenters such as Stephen Mulhernand Danielle Nicholls.
In 2001 he joined
Absolute Radio(then Virgin Radio), where he has worked to this day.
Ben has presented a wide variety of shows, including:
* Virgin Superstars
* Most Wanted
* Virgin radio drive-time
* Album Chart
* Sunday Night Live is on Sundays 7-10pm.
In Jan 2007 Ben became the
Absolute Radio drivetimepresenter. However, since July Ben has returned to the "Most Wanted" show. It is well known that he preferred the style of the Most Wanted, with interviews, sessions and lots of new music, so the decision was made to move him back.
On 21 November 2007,
Christian O'Connellrevealed on his breakfast show that Ben had been offered a job at a rival London radio station, but Ben turned it down in order to stay at Virgin Radio. He also quipped the offer was to take over Chris Moyles' breakfast show, but given the animosity between O'Connell and Moyles, it is likely that this declaration was false.
Jones says he enjoys working at the station and has appeared with actors like David Tennant,Sara Beeny and many others.
Jones won a Bronze
Sony Awardin 2003 for Virgin Superstars, and is one of Virgin Radio's most popular interviewers, interviewing such stars as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, the Red Hot Chili Peppersand Ronnie Wood. Besides Jones would like to get Muse to do the theme song of the new James Bond's Quantum Solace which would be a new experience for the band.
Ben is married to Anna who he met on a blind date at a Stereophonics concert in 2003. Ben has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of the band as a result. They live in Fulham and as is often mentioned in jest on air at Virgin they have a hot tub in their garden. Ben is quite heavily tattooed.
Ben has achieved the highest accolade of coining a slang term in Viz magazine's Roger's Profanisaurus.
* [http://www.virginradio.co.uk/djs_shows/shows/most_wanted/index.html VirginRadio.co.uk - "Most Wanted"]
* [http://www.virginradio.co.uk/djs_shows/djs/jones.html Ben's profile at VirginRadio.co.uk]
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