After three years away from the mic, Chris Moyles has returned to the airwaves, hosting his new breakfast show on Radio X - previously XFM.
As he launched into his new show he immediately took to poking fun at the station who had previously said it would be the “first truly male-focussed” radio station.
"I have specifically chosen a very, very apt record to start the first show, and indeed the entire Radio X with,” he said before playing his first track, the aptly chosen “Love Machine” by Girls Aloud.
He went on to talk about the accusations, saying: "If you've read about Radio X being a radio station being for men only, that is rubbish. Nobody agrees with this except for the one person who put it in the press release."
Moyles only played his first song almost half an hour into the show, opening with a prolonged chat with newsreader Dominic Byrne, ex-Radio 1 producer Pippa Taylor, and XFM regular Dave Masterman.
“Hello again Great Britain. Right, this is a bit weird isn't it... Welcome to a brand new radio station,” he opened with.
"I've been waiting for three years for this place, sitting on my backside doing nothing, watching Judge Rinder, or whatever it's called, and now I'm back on the radio. That's right, the money finally ran out.”
”And what better place for my comeback than a brand new radio station that I can play with and do whatever I want. Which isn't entirely true.”
Chris Moyles through the years
Chris Moyles through the years
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Chris Moyles in a studio in 1998
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Chris Moyles at the Sony Radio Awards in London, 2001
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Chris Moyles wearing the number 1 tee shirt finishes in 52.36 the Nike 10k Run in Richmond Park, 2002
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Chris Moyles arrives at the NME Awards 2004 at The Hammersmith Palais in London
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Chris Moyles and Matt Lucas perform on stage at 'Little Britain's Big Night' charity gala performance in aid of Comic Relief at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, 2006
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Chris Moyles and comedian Alan Carr pose backstage at the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium in London, 2007
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Chris Moyles and Kelly Osbourne laugh on stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Mote Park in Maidstone, 2008
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Presenters Davina McCall and Chris Moyles pose at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, 2009
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Chris Moyles arrives back in the UK at RAF Northolt after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief in London, 2009
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Chris Moyles with Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC (C) and Vernon Kay of Radio 1 pose with Raptor players before the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena in London, 2011
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Chris Moyles with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner before qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, 2012
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Chris Moyles as Herod and Ben Forster as Jesus star in the 'Jesus Christ Superstar' musical, London, 2012
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Chris Moyles with Carol Vorderman, Sally Lindsay on 'Loose Women', 2013
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Chris Moyles attends a live cooking class broadcasted from City Hall to school children across the globe as part of the third annual Food Revolution day on May 16, 2014 in London, 2014
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Chris Moyles in the Great Comic Relief Bake Off, 2015
He went to address the branding of the station as “male focussed” in a lengthy monologue: "There's been a lot of press about Radio X and a lot of confused press, people going down a route which they needn't have to go down.
"There was a quote saying that Radio X is going to be the UK's first male-focused radio station and many people took that to mean it's a radio station just for blokes, by ruddy blokes playing ruddy bloke music for more ruddy blokes.
"I'll tell you now, this is news to me and everyone on this show... so let me be the first of many Radio X DJs to say this over the next days. That's a load of balls.
"This male-focused thing does not affect us in any way, shape or form - Everybody is certainly welcome to this show.”
Byrne also commented, saying: "We don't see gender, we see listeners.”
Moyles left BBC Radio 1 after working for the station for eight years. His new show will be in direct competition with his old breakfast slot, which was filled by Nick Grimshaw.
Grimshaw’s come under fire for losing millions of listeners over his stint on Radio 1. The most recent numbers release, however, concluded that things were o the up for him.Reuse content