BBC Radio 1 has today announced a revamp of its Nations shows, which will see the arrival of two new talented student radio alumni!

Ally McCrae, formerly station manager of Air3, Stirling University, is joining Radio 1 as the new programme host for Scotland. Since graduating, Ally has become deeply involved in the local music scene.

He says: “I’m beyond excited to be joining Radio 1 and taking the reins of a show that is so vital in promoting the vast amount of cracking Scottish music being produced from this wee country. It’s an honour! I can only hope to bring as much energy, passion and quality as the man himself, Vic Galloway, has done – the legend.”

Jen Long, former Secretary & Treasurer of the SRA, and Xpress alumni, will be joining Radio 1 as the programme host for Wales.

Jen is a broadcast assistant on the current Wales show and this is her first presenting role. She says: “I’m incredibly honoured to be taking over the show in Wales and really excited about all the amazing new music I’ll get to inflict on people’s ears. It’s gonna be awesome.”

From 9 January 2011, the current two-hour Nations shows that support the best new unsigned, underground and under-the-radar music from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will move from Wednesday (into Thursday, 12-2am) to Sunday (into Monday) from 12-2am.

In addition, for the first time, Radio 1 will simulcast one in three of the shows across a nation and England. This will happen on a rotational basis with each of the three DJs (from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) being given the opportunity to boost their show’s profile to a wider audience.

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller, Radio 1, says: “The BBC Trust asked us to appeal to the next generation of young audiences, and within that to look for the next generation of new talent – and Ally and Jen are just that.

“Ally’s enthusiasm and local knowledge is extremely impressive, so we look forward to him bringing this to Radio 1 and Jen’s passion for music and experience will ensure the show continues to champion the best in new music coming out of Wales.”

As a result of the changes, Radio 1 will bid farewell to Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Wales’ Bethan Elfyn who, over the past 11 years, have played a pivotal role in shaping the station’s commitment to new music. Both presenters remain in the BBC family with Vic on Radio Scotland and Bethan on Radio Wales.

You can read more on the BBC Radio 1 website.

Article credits: BBC Press Office