Sun 27 May — Summer Soul BBQ
Hosted by Music First Entertainment
Jeff Young had been a club DJ for many years before beginning his radio career on BBC Radio London in the late 70’s (before it became known as GLR).
From there, he pioneered the very first dance music programme on BBC Radio One in 1987 with his “Big Beat” show on a Friday evenings.
Having had a break from DJ-ing to pursue a record company committment in A&R, Jeff resumed his DJ career with a brief spell at Jazz FM doing a mixture of day time and specialist programmes.
From 1995 until June 1997, the chance to go back into frontline radio provided Jeff with the opportunity to present lunchtime programmes on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as various daytime slots for Kiss 100 FM, London.
Jeff then moved over to Capital 95.8FM to present “Club Culture” which was broadcast between 7.00pm-10.00pm on Saturday evenings. The show featured an across-the-board look at all areas of dance music. It was the only programme on Capital’s network where the choice of music ultimately lay with the presenter.
“Club Culture” quickly became the biggest club/dance music radio show in the London area, far exceeding figures for Radio 1 and Kiss FM listeners added together!!
Jeff and “Club Culture” won a Silver Medal at the 1998 Sony Awards in the “Best Specialist Radio Show” category – not bad for a show which had not even celebrated its first anniversary!
In August 1998, Jeff moved over to Capital Radio’s recently acquired station, XFM (104.9FM), where he presented the 10am-1pm show daily.
Jeff has also done commentary for the Chrysalis TV American baseball cover, together with various documentary narrations, including the series “The Disco Top 10”, another Channel 4 production shown in September 1998 which followed the course of disco music through the decades. He was also heard narrating the “Rock N Roll Tales” series broadcast Wednesday nights on Channel 4 in the summer of 1999 together with Channel 4’s “One Hit Wonders” series broadcast January/February 2000.
In November 2010 Jeff returned to radio and Jazz FM and currently chooses all the music on his Sunday show “The Journey” from 10am – 2pm every week. The return to radio inevitably led to a return to club appearances and once again Jeff is in demand across the UK.