BBC Three Counties Radio has launched three new shows to give audiences something unique, something they love and something hilarious, presented by Steven Allen, Justin Dealey and Spandau Ballet star, Tony Hadley.

Tony Hadley.

“I am excited to be launching these three new programmes on BBC Three Counties Radio giving listeners the opportunity to hear great music, anecdotes and comedy from top personalities who all have roots in our local communities.” – BBC 3 Counties Radio editor Laura Moss

With almost 40 years in the business, Tony Hadley has enjoyed huge success, both as lead vocalist of Spandau Ballet and as a solo performer. Every Sunday between 9-11am he’ll play his favourite tracks and champion the best unsigned talent through BBC Music Introducing. There’ll be interviews with his favourite artists and anecdotes from his long career.

On Fridays until April, comedian, Steven Allen writes and hosts 13 shows in a series that satirises the local news output. Steven, who plays Tom the newsreader on BBC 2’s comedy show The Mash Report, has also performed topical comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. The show marks a return to radio for Steven who started out as a presenter before moving into stand-up comedy and acting.

Current Sunday mid-morning presenter, Justin Dealey, will be handing over to Tony and picking up a brand new show on Fridays from 9pm. Justin brings the best in soul, funk and disco harking back to an era when music lovers in Beds, Herts and Bucks went to Dunstable’s California Ballroom which hosted some of the best soul funk and disco music of its time.

No matter your location, you can listen to BBC Three Counties by downloading the BBC Sounds app. Tony Hadley starts on Sunday 10th Feb from 9am-11am, Justin Dealey starts on Friday 8th Feb from 9pm – 10pm and Steven Allen continues until Friday 5th April from 7pm – 10pm.

“There is such a quantity of local news that is ripe to be joked about, so many angles to have fun with, it’s an endless supply. Radio is a great medium for topical comedy. The time between the news happening and people laughing at it can be kept to a minimum.” – Steven Allen

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