Presenters such as Ed Doolan, Les Ross, Phil Upton, and Tony Butler became regulars on the radio station but now all moved to BBC WM, the local BBC speech station. Les Ross was the UK's longest-serving breakfast presenter when he retired from the job in 2002. Tom Ross also found fame on the station when it began broadcasting live commentary of West Midlands football and Premiership matches. Ian Crocker, now a commentator on Setanta Sports (and previously Sky Sports), was also involved in the coverage early on.
BRMB was originally based in Aston Road North, in the Aston area of Birmingham, near the Spaghetti Junction. These were the former Alpha Television Studios, the home of ATV and ABC Weekend Television until 1970. The current headquarters are based in the Brindleyplace development, off Broad Street in Birmingham city centre.
On April 7 2008, BRMB altered their music and branding, to a policy similar to that of sister station Capital 95.8. An increase in current chart hits is notable, along with the tagline "Birmingham's Hit Music Station".
The wedding took place, despite much criticism of the stunt, although the couple split up soon afterwards. The bride then went on to have a long-term relationship with the late night presenter at the time - Jezza, who now presents The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV1.
The local newspaper, the Birmingham Evening Mail, published an article claiming Caroline Martin only got the job because she lives with the Programme Controller Adam Bridge. This led to an on-air rant about the article by Caroline one morning. She also denied reports that Elliott left due to them not seeing eye-to-eye.
On 14 February 2007, Adam Bridge decided he would reinstate Elliott as Breakfast Presenter, and Caroline and Elliott were once again reunited. It is rumoured on various media forums that the changes - and subsequent media controversy - was a deliberate ploy to get the station into the public eye.
The BRMB Breakfast show with Elliott and Caroline will see more changes. The Thousand Pound Minute feature got dropped on the morning of the show on April 4 2008. Elliott announced that they were adding new features to the show. The Bong Game will return for breakfast only. This is the game where callers listen to the prize money being totalled and have to say 'stop' before a gong sounds. If they do not say it before the gong, they do not win any money. The game returned on April 14 2008. The name Big Brum Breakfast has also now been dropped.
On 8th August 2008, it was confirmed that due to competition 'conflict of interests' BRMB would be sold by Global Radio, along with other West Midlands owned GCap/Global stations Mercia FM , Wyvern FM, and Beacon Radio. The buyers will be announced following a public consultation.
Images courtesy BRMB Radio, BRMB FM, www.mds975.co.uk .
Laurel and Hardy (Tim Elscey and Tracey King) taking part in the BRMB Walkathon round Cannon HIll and Highbury Parks.(News)
May 31, 2004; There will be more fun for all the family in Cannon Hill Park today on the second day of the Birmingham Show. The event,...
The MAG: REAL LIFE: I Walked 26 Miles Unaware I Was Just about to Give Birth; Sandy Bailey, 38, Completed the First-Ever BRMB Walkathon When She Was Just 17 -Unaware That She Was Nine Months Pregnant. Hours after the Event She Gave Birth to Baby Tony. She Now Lives in Erdington, Birmingham, with Her Husband Trevor and Son Tony, Who Will This Year Share His 21st Birthday with the Charity Walkathon Event Supported by the Sunday Mercury
Mar 28, 2004; Byline: SANDY BAILEY AS TOLD TO HELEN GABRIEL WHEN I finished the first-ever walkathon for BRMB Radio in 1983, I had absolutely...
The Mag: Style Guru; Lisa Chadwick, 36, Is a Self-Employed Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Practitioner. She Lives in Sutton Coldfield with Her Husband Leigh, 46, Who Is Also Self-Employed as a Business Advisor. She Is Currently Helping Clients Prepare for This Year's BRMB Walkathon
Apr 04, 2004; What was your last fashion purchase? A brand new pair of running shoes. I actually spend most of my life wearing sports clothing!...