Bob Harris' Bio...
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BOB WAS MADE AN OBE IN JUNE 2011
Described by ‘Radio Times’ as ‘...one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting’ and ‘...an independent champion of great music’ and by ‘The Mail On Sunday’ as ‘A National treasure’, Bob has been at the centre of the British music industry for more than forty years. In 2011 he was rewarded with an OBE in the Queens Honours list for his ‘services to music broadcasting’.
Few people have broken as many bands into the mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris through his work on Radio 1, the legendary ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ TV shows and his current programmes on Radio 2. He is passionate about music and his infectious enthusiasm permeates his work. Bobs guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence, and this is reflected in his broadcasting skills and his devotion to the best music.
He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen and his shows have become the Holy Grail for acts worldwide. His tireless promotion of new and cutting edge music is second to none.
In 2011, Bob was honoured with an Americana Music Association of America Trailblazer Award, a U. K. Heritage Award, and a Mojo Medal, as well as receiving his OBE from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle in October 2011.
Bob and his wife Trudie run their own independent radio and television production house - The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company. Since it was founded in 2005, WBBC has made television music specials for Sky Arts, and Sony-winning radio documentaries and major music specials for BBC Radio 2, including the award-winning ‘Sandy Denny Story’ and the 16-part ‘OGWT 40’ series. An album of tracks compiled by Bob to accompany the series topped the UK compilation charts in the summer of 2011.
Bob co-founded 'Time Out' magazine, has written books, newspaper articles and magazine columns. He has produced records, done 48-gig rock tours and interviewed a President. He has voiced television and radio documentaries, major advertising campaigns (including the Beatles USA campaign for ‘Anthology 3’) and appeared in movies. He has been given a Fellowship by the University of Northampton and was the penultimate subject of ‘This Is Your Life’.
Bob has appeared on International panels at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville and was the keynote speaker at the NXNE festival in Toronto in 2008 and at the East Coast Music Awards in Nova Scotia Canada in March 2010.
Bob's depth of understanding of popular music its origins and influences is immense. As a voice on the radio reassuring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic he is unique.
Bob has been successfully fighting prostate cancer since diagnosis in March 2007.
Co-founder of the Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company (WBBC)
|BBC RADIO 2:||The Bob Harris Show||Sunday 12am|
|Bob Harris Country||Thursday 7 pm|
|Americana Music Awards CMA Music Awards, Nashville.|
|WBBC||OGWT40. 16-part series The A-Z of AOR 2010||2011|
|The Songs The Beatles Gave Away||2009|
|Maple Leaf Revolution||2005|
|(2-part Canadian Music Special)|
|The Day John Met Paul (with Paul McCartney) (Sony Silver Award Winner)||2007|
|Who Breaks A Butterfly On A Wheel|
|(The Rolling Stones)||2007|
|Sandy Denny Story - Sony Silver Award Winner||2008|
|BBC 6 MUSIC:||‘The Bob Harris Show’. Weekly||2002-2005|
|BBC GLR London:||Evening Show||1994-1998|
|BBC RADIO 1:||Midnight to Morning Show||1990-1993|
|(launched network 24 hour service)|
|BFBS:||The Bob Harris Show. Weekly||1985-1998|
|GWR:||The Bob Harris Show. Weekly||1984-1986|
|BBC OXFORD:||Drive Time||1981-1984|
|RADIO 210:||Presenter / Head of Music & Presentation||1977-1981|
|BBC RADIO 1:||Sounds of the 70’s||1970-1974|
|Bob Harris Night||Dec 2007|
|BBC TWO:||The Whistle Test Years||2003|
|ITV:||This Is Your Life||2003|
|BBC TWO:||Great Britons||2002|
|BBC TWO:||Old Grey Whistle Test||1972-1979|
AWARDS & ACCOLADES:
|THE AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION||Trailblazer Award||2011|
|THE SOVEREIGN:||Officer of the Order of the British Empire||2011|
|UK RADIO HALL OF FAME:||Inducted|
|SONYS:||The Sandy Denny Story||2009|
|The Day John Met Paul||2008|
|The Paul Simon Story||2001|
|Music Broadcaster of the Year||1999|
|Late Night Music Show||1999|
|Best Popular Music Programme||1986|
|AMERICANA UK BEST RADIO SHOW:||2007 - 2011|
|1 ‘Bob Harris Show’ (Sat)|
|2 ‘Bob Harris Country’|
|CMA:||International Broadcaster of the Year||2004|
|RADIO ACADEMY:||Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio||2003|
|BRITISH ACADEMY OF COMPOSERS & SONGWRITERS:||2002|
|RADIO TIMES||‘The Voices We Love The Most’ Top 10||2002|
|TOP TELEVISION SHOW:||‘Old Grey Whistle Test’||1972-1977|
|‘BOB HARRIS PRESENTS…’||1999-2008|
|A series of CD compilations, comprising tracks from artists featured by Bob on Radio 2, including Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Eva Cassidy, Thea Gilmore, James McMurtry, John Prine, Kate Rusby and other Bob favourites.|
|‘THE WHISPERING YEARS’: Autobiography||2001|
|‘THE ROCKDATE DIARY’||1991|
|‘ROCK AND POP MASTERMIND’||1986|
|Co-founded ‘TIME OUT’ magazine||1968|
|DRUID:||‘Towards The Sun’ LP. (EMI)||1975|
|JOHN GOLDING:||‘Photographs’ LP. (Atlantic)||1975|
|WALLY:||‘Valley Gardens’ LP. (Atlantic)||1975|
|WALLY:||‘Nez Perce’ single. (Atlantic)||1975|
|WALLY:||‘Wally’ LP. (Atlantic)||1973|
|ECMA East Coast Music Awards, Canada. Keynote speaker.||Mar 2010|
|NXNE Music Festival, Toronto Canada. Keynote speaker.||June 2008|
|Americana Music Association Awards International panel||2005/2006|
Bob lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Trudie, their three children…Miles (19), Dylan (16) and Flo (14) and programme building cat Colby. Bob has five older children…Mirelle, Emily, Charlie, Ben and Jamie. He has six grandchildren…Marnie, Alana, Niahm, Ysobel, Olivia and Eliza