DJ’s on-air tirade wasn’t fun way to start your day

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

My old pals at Mo­ray Firth Ra­dio thought it might be a good idea if they could grab a lit­tle piece of the ac­tion. Tich McCooey, the break­fast show pre­sen­ter and a lo­cal le­gend, staged a sur­prise “Fancy meet­ing you here” en­counter with Evans at a ho­tel in Nairn but was swept aside.

The next morn­ing, how­ever, a whole sec­tion of the Ra­dio 1 Break­fast Show was de­voted to the in­ci­dent. Evans set about be­lit­tling Tich McCooey and point­ing out – in case he hadn’t checked his pay packet lately – that even Ra­dio 1’s youngest re­searchers were earn­ing more than him.

All of this was said with not the slight­est hint of hu­mour. For lis­ten­ers, this was not a fun way to start your day. Over at Mo­ray Firth’s Scorguie stu­dios, I’m told a hush fell over ev­ery of­fice as they lis­tened to this tirade. I know that was the case in our Ra­dio Scot­land of­fice, and I’m will­ing to bet it was a sim­i­lar scene at Broad­cast­ing House in Lon­don. The press ar­ti­cles which, un­til then, had been fairly pos­i­tive, now took a sour turn. Tich, mean­while, played a blinder by turn­ing the ta­bles on Ra­dio 1 and pre­sent­ing his show from Lon­don, hob­nob­bing with pop stars and celebri­ties at Stringfel­lows night­club.

The Lon­don pa­pers lapped it up and the BBC had seized dis­as­ter from the jaws of tri­umph.

Chris Evans in In­ver­ness in 1997

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