Scott Mills is thrilled to launch his first afternoon program on BBC Radio 2

Scott Mills kicked off his first afternoon show on BBC Radio 2 saying he was “excited” to start his new venture.

The 49-year-old DJ took over from veteran host Steve Wright, who said goodbye to the show in September after 23 years.

Mills left BBC Radio 1 in August after 24 years on the network as part of the station’s program change.

Opening his new show, he said, “I’m so excited. This is Scott Mills and this is my brand new weekday afternoon show.

For her first song, Mills opted for Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and said: “I thought I’d start with one of the best pop songs of the last 15 years …

“So this is the new afternoon sound on Radio 2. It’s me from two to four.

“I know some of you are brand new to me, I know many of you will have heard me on the other side before and this will be the first time, perhaps by changing the dial or clicking the Radio 2 button on BBC Sounds.

“I know many of you have been here for years, and I feel so lucky to be here because this station is huge and it’s the soundtrack to so many of your lives and it’s not something I take lightly, so it’s not lost on me.

I am thrilled to be here ”.

Among her earliest songs were Taylor Swift’s new hit Anti-Hero, LeAnn Rimes’s Can’t Fight The Moonlight and Take That’s classic Everything Changes.

A singer named Toni from Liverpool also surprised Mills at the start of the show with her remix of Backstreet Boys’ Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) with lyrics edited to welcome him to Radio 2, including the classic chorus line changed to ” Scott is back, alright ”.

After playing the song, Mills praised the singer, saying, “That’s great, thank you very much.”

The BBC Radio program change was announced in July and revealed that Mills would be leaving Radio 1 with his co-host, Chris Stark.

Mills has hosted various shows on the station since 1998, including Friday’s The Official Chart Show since 2018.

Meanwhile, Stark joined Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp earlier this month, as well as taking on a new role in Global’s podcast division, developing sports content for Global Player.

Stark is currently also co-host of the sports show That Peter Crouch Podcast alongside the former football player and The Pirate Ship with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.

Ahead of his latest afternoon slot on Radio 2, Wright stressed that he will not be retiring. She will continue to feature Sunday Love Songs on the station and her Serious Jockin ‘podcast will launch on BBC Sounds on 4th November.

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