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Update: Adrian left LBC suddenly in May 2007 . Adrian may still present at LBC but only to fill in when another presenter is ill or on holiday. The rest of this article was written before Adrian left and serves as a bio and guide to Adrian at his peak for LBC.
Adrian Allen occupies the through the night 1am to 5am slot on LBC from Monday to Friday. Adrian started his LBC show at the beginning of 2007 and is his first regular slot. He has done some work for LBC before but as a presenter who would fill in at short notice when a regular presenter was off sick. This happened quite regularly throughout 2006 when Marcus Churchill was in hospital for a gallbladder problem. Here we give you details about Adrian's career, what you can expect to hear on his show, his personal interests and a summary of what the show is like.
There is little information on the career of Adrian Allen pre 2000. But from 2000 he's specialised in broadcasting by working for various radio stations across England. This was primarily in the north (Adrian was born in Sunderland) for stations in Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham and Preston amongst others. This includes a stint for Century FM at which Jim Davis also had a show although Jim joined after Adrian. This show was much like alot of Adrian's early radio career in that he was as a DJ playing records. He first started in speech radio when he landed work as a host on an independent local radio station called 96.6 TFM in the Tees Valley area. From this point talk radio was part of Adrian's repertoire. His last regular slot before joining LBC was at a show called "Talk of the North" broadcast to Sunderland on a Sunday evening which ended in December 2006.
The Adrian Allen LBC show coming just after Clive Bull lasts for 4 hours but doesn't feature Adrian taking calls for all that time. At 4 am there are "best of" summaries of other presenters earlier shows until Steve Allen comes on at 5am. Adrian's style is very easy going and respectful in that he lets the caller make their point. Often this means that the caller does most of the talking with Adrian acknowledging or asking appropriate questions every so often. In between calls Adrian does share his opinion giving you a feeling of his personality. The topics talked about on the show are nearly always current news and celebrities. These are introduced by Adrian at the beginning and then the callers often dictate what is talked about during the show.
The Adrian Allen show has only one regular guest through out the week. This is Alan Capper who appears on a Tuesday between 2am to 2:30am. Alan Capper is an ex pat living in New York and as such is LBC's New York correspondent. He has been a regular feature of LBC for many years and was one of the first British journalists to break the news of the world trade centre attacks in 2001 when he reported the tragedy just two minutes after the first plane struck. In the half hour that Alan speaks to Adrian, Alan will relay the top news stories in America and share his British point of view of the news. He can often reveal insights into American culture and how it's different to the British way of living. This is very interesting and you are often left with nuggets of information you didn't know about America. This is well worth staying up for on an early Tuesday morning or catch it on the LBC plus podcasting service.
Adrian Allen is very interested in philosophy and ancient arts. He is trained in the Japanese martial art Ninjitsu for which he has reached the grade of 7th Kyu. Adrian has commented on his shows that he took up a martial art due to his being bullied at school. His philosophy is that he trained in this martial art so he never has to use it, showing a passive side to his personality. Another ancient art Adrian is practised in is the art of reiki . Reiki, pronounced "raykee", is the art of placing your hands above certain parts of the body to encourage healing. Adrian has reached the position of 2nd degree practitioner in reiki and is considered a "reiki master". Through his show and on his website Adrian has a reiki box where he offers distant healing to those in need. Despite having such an interest in these arts he rarely mentions them on his show unless a caller asks him.
The Adrian Allen show is not humorous like Clive Bull or Iain Lee before it but no less entertaining. There is humour in it like in everyday conversation but doesn't have the zany callers of Clive and Iain. The subjects Adrian tackles are done so in a thought provoking manner. The callers can provide some fascinating points of view and the show flows nicely. Alan gives a nice summary of each call before moving on to the next. Alan Capper is an essential listen on a Tuesday and will sometimes take calls himself. Overall the Adrian Allen show is a little bit slower in pace than other LBC shows but maybe this is what's required at this time of day. A good listen before work the next day.
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