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Steve Allen occupies the early morning 5am to 7am slot before the breakfast show on LBC radio. Steve is LBC's longest serving presenter having been with the station for over 27 years. He has held a variety of time slots and shows and often fills in when a presenter is off sick. He currently has his regular weekday slot plus a gadget show on a Sunday at 7am to 10am and a music show at 2pm to 3pm on Sunday as well (more about these shows further down the page). He is now LBC's busiest presenter in that he's on air the most hours per week.
The career of Steve Allen is one dominated by broadcasting and the media. This begins with Steve working as a DJ in a night club then becoming a broadcaster entertaining workers at a biscuit factory in the North of England. The company had factories at various locations in the UK and Steve would broadcast to them all. The factory Steve was broadcasting to closed their doors in 1979 and he joined LBC soon after. Steve Allen started his LBC career as a nightime presenter and has survived the company and frequency changes throughout the 27 years. Steve has undertaken other work whilst being with LBC and this includes working for a United Nations sponsored radio station in Vienna in the early 1980's. He has also appeared on television where he co-presented a magazine style show on channel 5 in the late 1990's. As LBC's busiest presenter he doesn't have any other projects he's working on at the moment but then he doesn't have the time.
The Steve Allen show on LBC is Steve talking interspersed with his guests and is very centered around observations in an amusing way. It is the only show on LBC that doesn't have any callers. A self described "bitch" Steve can often be heard berating celebrities from soap stars to models to reality tv stars, just about anyone currently in the news who doesn't deserve to be. These views are often funny and quite outrageous as he mocks celebrities and shares opinions that everyone has but are too afraid to share.
Steve Allen has a number of celebrity friends and often gets celebrity gossip before the magazines and papers do. He has information that is not public knowledge and reveals this with his listeners but does not identify the celebrity he's talking about to protect LBC's libel risk. Steve Allen's opinions are upfront and he shares them whether they are shared by the majority or not and this makes his show very good to listen to. This is confirmed by his status as the most downloaded LBC presenter on the LBC plus podcasting service although the early time slot may be a factor in this.
Steve Allen has regular guests on his show everyday. Sometimes there can be two or more guests in the studio at the same time all sharing their opinions on what Steve is talking about. These are like his replacement for callers and he will talk to them and bounce his ideas and amusing thoughts off them. This can be very entertaining to listen to as sometimes Steve and his guests can be in fits of laughter which is very infectious.
Every fortnight on his Sunday show at 7am to 10am Steve Allen reviews the latest gadgets with his "gadget guru". Here the gadget guru will bring in a selection of technology and gadgets that have just been or are about to be released and they test and review the performance and usefulness of the gadget live on the show. This totally unbiased and provides a valuable and interesting opinion on present and future gadgets and technologies. This is essential advice for future purchases and he has summarised his gadgets of the year on his site.
On Sunday at 2pm till 3pm Steve Allen hosts a show entitled "That reminds me". Here Steve invites a celebrity to come in for a chat and to have their favourites records played on air. The celebrity is normally a musician but there have been other famous personalities. During the show Steve will discuss the celebrities' career and get their thoughts on the major events in their life. This is an intimate show and Steve succeeds in drawing out the guests opinions about current subjects especially their current industry and peers. This is all interspersed with their favourite records and talk about why they like the record. One of the more famous guests recently was Gloria Estefan who only spent a few days in the UK to promote her greatest hits album and chose to do so with Steve Allen.
Overall Steve Allen has a unique brand of humour and wit and this makes his show a joy to listen to. His personality whilst opinionated is easy to listen to and ideal for radio. His show although having no callers is very entertaining helped by the guests he has with him. Steve has been with LBC for over 27 years and when you listen to his show you can hear why he has lasted for so long. He is still at the top of his game. Steve is a very versatile presenter doing a variety of shows for LBC which are always worth listening to and making him a great addition to the LBC roster.
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