End of an era as Alan Robson's radio show comes to an end after 36 years

Alan Robson has announced his night phone-in show is coming to an end, after 36 years on air.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14 June, 2019, 10:10
Alan Robson OBE, showing off his New York Radio Award

He started hosting Night Owls on Metro Radio in 1983, before it was extended to TFM in recent years.

He told fans via Twitter that the last broadcast will be on Thursday, June 27, and marks the end of one of the longest running talk shows on commercial radio.

Alan said in a statement: “I’ve had an incredible career on Metro and I’m grateful to both them, and you the listeners, for sticking by me for so long.”

The 63-year-old broadcaster said that he was aware of the changes at the radio station and that he was leaving on ‘good terms’, but also added that he was ‘looking for a new full-time gig.’

It should not be long until we hear Alan back on the radio again. He explained that GHR, another station owned by the Bauer network which owns Metro Radio, have offered him a new show on Sunday nights.

Bauer says that the show will be replaced with a networked, music intensive show format called Hits Chilled.

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Alan Robson OBE in his early days

Night Owls has won many awards over the years, including three Sony Awards, it has broken three Guinness World Records and last year won The World's Best Talk Show in the New York Radio Awards.

Hundreds of listeners turned to social media to show their support for Alan.

Former Heart North-East Drivetime presenter, Tom Campbell, wrote on Facebook: ‘An incredible run by a once-in-a-lifetime presenter!’

Listeners offer support
Past listeners remember the good times
Listeners not happy with Night Owls coming to an end