ZOE Ball took to the Radio 2 airwaves for her first breakfast show this morning – and she sparked a mixed response from listeners.
The presenter, 48, has taken the reins from Chris Evans, 52, who will be hosting a brand new show on Virgin Radio next Monday.
Zoe – who was also the first female host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show – kicked off her new slot by playing Aretha Franklin’s Respect, as she told listeners: “Good morning Radio 2 superstar listeners, here we go.”
One delighted listener praised: “Well done @ZoeTheBall amazing first show with amazing music and you even have @TinaDaheley yaaasss! Gutted I have to get out my car and stop listening but work calls! #ZoeBall”
Another joined in and said: “#zoeball first track brought tears to my eye. Woman doing breakfast on radio 2 and Aretha playing! #Womenonradio #radio2”
And one listener added: “Well, @ZoeTheBall stepped in to some pretty big shoes today. As a former breakfast show presenter, I have a slight inkling of how she’s feeling!
“Give her some time people, she’s not trying to be Mr Evans’ MK2, she’s being Zoe Ball – it WILL be different! @BBCRadio2 ”
But one unimpressed listener wrote: “Thank goodness for DAB in the car. Zoe “It’s 1992, I’ve got a posse, we’re so whacky” Ball lasted about 3 mins on @BBCRadio2 Best radio station in the country to one of the worst in a year. Well done!”
And another complained: “Ok so I’ve given Zoe Ball on Radio 2 30 minutes and I miss Chris Evans…..Can’t wait for Monday 21st to hear him back on the radio….
Wife Natasha Shishmanian, 38, wept on air last month as she read a letter in the voice of their sons Noah, nine, and Eli, six, during Chris’s final BBC Radio 2 appearance.
And he said yesterday: “To what extent will I involve my family in order to make the new show a hit? The answer is infinite. I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is.
“It’s all hands on deck here, including the little ones.”
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Chris and golfer Natasha welcomed twins Walt and Boo in September and he also has daughter Jade, 33, from a previous relationship.
The star is returning to Virgin after almost two decades away from the brand.
He added: “So much has changed in broadcasting since I was last at Virgin Radio that now, thanks to Sky, we can do the show without ad breaks.”
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