From footballer to Radio 1 DJ – how Nick made it to the top

BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Nick Bright
BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Nick Bright

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HE’S the weekend wake up call for thousands of listeners on Radio1Xtra with his breakfast radio show.

But amazingly Nick Bright never set out to be a top DJ on one of the country’s biggest networks.

Nick Bright at South Downs College with from left to right, Lewis Harry (18); Jimmy Neal (19); Nathan Bradshaw (19); Nick Bright; Duncan Ettie (19); Cam White (19); Matt Stevens (18); Jenna Williams (17); Lucy Stallard (17)

Nick Bright at South Downs College with from left to right, Lewis Harry (18); Jimmy Neal (19); Nathan Bradshaw (19); Nick Bright; Duncan Ettie (19); Cam White (19); Matt Stevens (18); Jenna Williams (17); Lucy Stallard (17)

The 25-year-old had a brief dalliance with semi-professional football at Moneyfields FC in Portsmouth and studied music technology at South Downs College, with the intention of working behind the scenes in radio production.

Several years down the line – after lots of hard work and a few lucky breaks – he is now a DJ for Radio 1Xtra, which specialises in urban music.

Down-to-earth Nick, from North End, spoke about his rise to fame when he visited South Downs College and chatted with students about how he made it.

Nick, who went to St Luke’s School and whose parents John and Debbie still live in Thurbern Road, said: ‘I studied a two-year course of music technology at South Downs College and I didn’t know at the time I wanted to get into radio.

‘I started doing an urban music show on Express FM on a Friday night. I didn’t ever set out to be a DJ. I originally worked for the BBC as a production runner.

‘They asked me if I could put a demo in and I got offered a show.’

He was offered the station’s early breakfast show six days a week in April 2010 and promoted to his current slot last January.

Doing his first live show was a nerve-wracking ordeal – but not because he was broadcasting to the nation.

Nick explained: ‘I was a bit nervous because people are watching you in the studio. It wasn’t the fact that thousands of people were listening.’

He laughed: ‘I still love being able to go to work and talk for a living.’