Bob Harris has been at the heart of the UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation, described by ‘Radio Times’ as ‘...one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting’ and by ‘The Mail On Sunday’ as ‘a national treasure’.
Few people have taken as many bands into the mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris, from his groundbreaking work in the 1970’s on BBC Radio 1 and the legendary ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ TV shows to his current programmes ‘Bob Harris Country’ and ‘Bob Harris Sunday’ on BBC Radio 2.
Bob is passionate about music and his infectious enthusiasm permeates his work. His guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence, reflected in the passion of his broadcasting 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 has been second to none across a career that has seen him acknowledged by a series of international awards.
In 2011 Bob received an OBE from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle for his ‘services to music broadcasting’. He is a fellow of the University of Northampton, was the penultimate subject of ‘This Is Your Life’ and appeared on ‘Desert Island Discs’ in 2014. He has twice been named International Music Broadcaster of the Year by the Country Music Association, who also awarded him the prestigious Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award in 2012. He was honoured with a Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association in Nashville in 2011, has received a UK Heritage Award, and a Mojo Medal and was inducted into the UK Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
But broadcasting is not the only string to Bob’s bow. He is also a respected and successful writer. In 2015 he published the second edition of his autobiography ‘Still Whispering After All These Years’ which spent more than two months at the top of the Amazon Music Book Chart and he is currently working on a ‘Nashville Heroes’ project, due for publication in 2016. He co-founded the world famous 'Time Out' magazine in 1968 and currently has his own column in ‘Maverick’ Magazine.
Bob, his wife Trudie and their son Miles run the award winning Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company, an exciting and prolific boutique production house. WBBC curates and captures beautiful ‘Under The Apple Tree’ music sessions in Bob’s home studio highlighting Britain’s brightest new talent. The company has additionally made stunning programmes for BBC Four and Sky Arts including ‘Bob Harris: My Nashville’ the ‘Back To Beth’s’ house concert and comprehensive coverage of the Cropredy Festival and has twice won Sony Radio Awards for the documentaries ‘The Day John Met Paul’ and ‘The Sandy Denny Story’ broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Bob's depth of understanding of popular music its origins and influences is immense. As a voice on the radio he is reassuring, knowledgeable and unique. He has enjoyed an incredibly prolific five decade career and in 2016 Bob will be starting a new chapter, taking his passion and knowledge into a new monthly show on Team Rock Radio.
Information from www.bobharris.org (July 2016)