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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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BBC Radio 2 shakes up the schedule for 2DAY – all of Radio 2 in one day

Radio 2 is the UK's most listened to radio station with an audience of 14.54 million listeners. It combines popular music and culture with a diverse range of specialist music, documentaries, current affairs and comedy, presented by an award-winning blend of top names including Chris Evans, Sir Terry Wogan, Steve Wright, Jeremy Vine, Jamie Cullum, Ken Bruce, Johnnie Walker, Bob Harris, Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz.

With so much to listen to it's easy to miss some of the jewels in Radio 2's crown. So, on Wednesday 22 June 2011, the network is set to turn its schedule upside down for 2DAY – a-12 hour on air celebration of everything the station has to offer – to give listeners the chance to uncover some of those gems.

In a first for the station, this special day will show listeners that there's "more 2 it" by pairing some of its presenters together to create a unique line-up of programmes that showcase exactly what makes the network so distinctive.

Playing the very best music plus a sprinkling of comedy, discussions, special guests and live performances, this promises to be a day to remember.

Bob Shennan, Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music, comments: "We know Radio 2 listeners love its breadth, depth and variety of fantastic content but listening habits mean they tend to tune in at the same times every day so they're only exposed to a small amount of what Radio 2 has to offer. 2DAY will hopefully introduce listeners to shows and presenters they haven't heard before, as well as giving them a different Radio 2 for one day."

Starting at 7am, Jazz show presenter Jamie Cullum and Drivetime's Sony Award winning Simon Mayo launch 2DAY with guests, chat and personally selected music choices as well as a look ahead to the day's programmes.

Radio 2 Arts Show's Claudia Winkleman and evening and In Concert presenter Jo Whiley continue between 8am and 9am presenting a special version of The Arts Show. They pass the baton to double Sony Award winning current affairs supremo Jeremy Vine and Saturday afternoon's pop music maestro Dermot O'Leary at 9am who will be celebrating some of the network's best documentaries.

The day takes its first foray into live music at 10am with a very special broadcast from the BBC's Maida Vale studios where Janice Long teams up with Bob Harris and Mike Harding to introduce unique performances by folk super group The Imagined Village and Nashville country stars Gretchen Peters, Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg.

Sounds Of The 70s host Johnnie Walker and Sounds Of The 60s presenter Brian Matthew go head to head from 11am as they challenge the 60s and 70s to a musical duel in The Battle Of The Decades.

From midday, Breakfast and Weekend Breakfast presenters Chris Evans and Zoe Ball come together to Rock And Roll Back The Years.

At 1pm Richard Allinson presents Moments 2 Remember, the top 10 music moments from Radio 2's extensive archive of live music performances, as selected by Radio 2 presenters and voted for by the listeners.

Smooth talkers Michael Ball and David Jacobs unite at 2pm for a late lunch of Sunday style easy listening, followed at 3pm by Ken Bruce and Bob Harris's whistle stop tour around Radio 2's specialist music shows, playing interviews and music from the worlds of country, folk, brass and beyond.

Pick Of The Pops presenter Tony Blackburn and the Soul Show's Trevor Nelson go Soul 2 Soul at 4pm when they share music from their favourite genre with listeners.

From 5pm Steve Wright introduces the Comedy Hour, a sampler of Radio 2's comedy gold including a special edition of Matt Lucas's And The Winner Is and Stand Up 2 Day, showcasing the talents of the network's comedy stars.

2DAY reaches a musical climax at 7pm with a live and exclusive concert from the Radio 2 All Star band performing at the historic BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House, London.

Presented by Sir Terry Wogan, this musical extravaganza combines the musical talents of Jools Holland and his band, The Organist Entertains' Nigel Ogden, Big Band's Clare Teal, brass band specialist Frank Renton, jazz maestro Jamie Cullum, classical singer and Good Morning Sunday presenter Aled Jones, Rhythm and Blues authority Paul Jones and Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan.

For a chance to be in the audience listeners can visit for more details.

See the day unfold online with video and audio of the "best bits" available throughout the day at

The Radio 2 All Star band performance will be streamed live online, enabling listeners to watch the culmination of this extraordinary day as it happens.

And for those who have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes – from who chooses the music to who makes the tea – Radio 2 staff will be on hand all day for live online chat to answer these questions.

Also available via will be an interactive schedule for the whole day plus a behind the scenes photo gallery.

2DAY – All of Radio 2 in one day

Full schedule:

7am–8am Jamie Cullum and Simon Mayo
8am–9am Claudia Winkleman and Jo Whiley
9am–10am Jeremy Vine and Dermot O'Leary
10am–11am Live from Maida Vale with Janice Long, Mike Harding and Bob Harris
11am-12pm Johnnie Walker and Brian Matthew's Battle Of The Decades
12pm–1pm Rock and Roll Back the Years with Chris Evans and Zoe Ball
1pm-2pm Richard Allinson unveils Moments 2 Remember
2pm–3pm Michael Ball and David Jacobs
3pm–4pm Ken Bruce and Bob Harris
4pm–5pm Tony Blackburn and Trevor Nelson
5pm–6pm Comedy Hour presented by Steve Wright
6pm–7pm Jools Holland and the Radio 2 All Star Band live from the Radio Theatre, presented by Sir Terry Wogan


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