The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show

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The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show
Running time4 hours
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s)English
Home stationAbsolute Radio
Host(s)Christian O'Connell
StarringChristian O'Connell
Richie Firth
Andrew Bailey
Air datessince 23 January 2006[1]
WebsiteAbsolute Radio Website
PodcastAbsolute Radio Podcast
 
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The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show
Running time4 hours
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s)English
Home stationAbsolute Radio
Host(s)Christian O'Connell
StarringChristian O'Connell
Richie Firth
Andrew Bailey
Air datessince 23 January 2006[1]
WebsiteAbsolute Radio Website
PodcastAbsolute Radio Podcast

The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show is a multi award winning morning radio program, broadcast on Absolute Radio and presented by Christian O'Connell.

The show runs for four hours, between 6 am and 10 am, Monday to Friday with a 3 hours weekly highlight broadcast Sunday between 5 pm and 8 pm.[2] A daily podcast of the previous morning's show is also produced.

During the introductions of each of the podcasts, Christian and Richie sing or say things that would be unbroadcastable on radio.

Presenters[edit]

Christian O'Connell[edit]

Main article: Christian O'Connell

Christian O'Connell (born 7 April 1973) is a British radio presenter. He began presenting on 2CR Radio in Bournemouth in 1999, moving to Juice FM in Liverpool in 2000. He later moved to the weekday breakfast show on xFM and hosting Fighting Talk on BBC 5 Live. After departing from xFM Christian hosted the weekday morning breakfast show on Virgin Radio, now Absolute Radio.

Richie Firth[edit]

Richie Firth is a British radio co-presenter. He began working at Absolute Radio when several other member of the breakfast show left for different positions elsewhere in Absolute Radio and on other stations. Having previously worked with Christian on local radio in Bournemouth where he was most noted for being the travel chicken he reunited with Christian to be his co-presenter and producer. Richie is known for making claims which are usually debunked fairly quickly by either by Andrew Bailey or listeners texting in. Richie makes use of his music skills to produce theme tunes for features during the show, most famously 'Kit Bingo' and 'Bang It Fluky'. Often referred to as Captain Chaos due to a long series of unfortunate incidents including breaking an Austin Allegro by filling the petrol tank with diesel and booking an outbound flight scheduled after the return flight. He was also the food taster for the feature 'Snack Genius'. Most of Richie's ideas for the show are panned after attempt despite their popularity, such as 'London Calling'.

Andrew Bailey[edit]

Andrew Bailey is a news reader and journalist for Absolute Radio, and reads the news for the Breakfast Show. Andrew, usually referred to as Bails, is credited as providing 'news and vibes' on the show by Christian and often adopts the position of "show prefect" when the rest of the team threatens to break the rules. A big fan of Star Wars, Andrew has been accused of taking advantage of his position at Absolute Radio when it comes to gaining access to science fiction events to interview his favourite actors such as James Earl Jones. Andrew is often the butt of jokes about his grumbling back and he has two special support chairs that are reserved for him at One Golden Square. He and Richie Firth are regular on-air sparring partners and both claim to be "pedants" - they often try and out-do each other with their weather knowledge. When the show goes on the road for an outside broadcast, Andrew is usually dispatched to the toilet to read the "news from the loos" at Christian's request!

Maggie Doyle[edit]

Maggie Doyle was the travel reporter for the show. Maggie often contributed stories about her life in County Wexford much to the amusement of the others. She was also known for starting the week with a hangover on occasion, much to the delight of Christian. Maggie gave lots of advice as well, most of which is known to be wrong or useless, such as going out with wet hair will make you ill. The subject of Maggie's personal life was often a talking point on the show - most recently, the practice of not using her boyfriend's name on air. The team instead referred to him as 'The Milky Bar Kid' as he is younger than Maggie and did work experience on the show prior to their relationship. Maggie quit the show at the end of January 2014. She now presents the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Kent.

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