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Chuckie Appointed New Host Of BBC 1Xtra's R&B Show

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Chuckie has been named as the new host of BBC 1Xtra's R&B Show (Saturdays, 11pm-12.30am), with the first show broadcasting on Saturday 24 February 2024.

It was also announced that DJ Ace has decided to leave the station after 21 years.

London born Chuckie is an established podcast host and DJ specialising in R&B. He started his DJing career at the age of 12 and has since performed at venues across the world. He more recently started his broadcasting career launching an award-winning podcast (HCPod) and YouTube series (The Cheque Up), where he has interviewed huge guests including Ed Sheeran, Maya Jama, Kranium and Stormzy.

Chuckie said: "This is a very surreal and sensational moment for me. I'm very grateful to be a part of the 1Xtra team and I'm looking forward to creating some high quality musical moments with the listeners."

Chuckie will take over from Ace who has decided to leave the station after an incredible 21 years. Ace joined 1Xtra in 2002 and has since hosted a number of shows across the network from Weekend Breakfast to the coveted 1Xtra Live Lounge show. He has been an integral part of the station over the years, hosting some of the most iconic moments and interviewing global superstars such as Alicia Keys, Usher, Lizzo and John Legend.

Ace's last R&B show will be on Saturday 20 January. In the interim until Chuckie takes over, No Guidnce will host the show for four weeks from Saturday 27 January. British boyband, No Guidnce, have been making waves in the music industry with their soulful harmonies reminiscent of old school R&B. They have caught the attention of artists like Anderson .Paak, Labrinth, and more and have most recently been nominated for Best Newcomer Award at the 2024 MOBO awards and named as one of 1Xtra’s Hot For 2024 acts.

Ace said: "After two decades, various daytime slots and over 10,000 hours on air I’ve decided it’s time to move on. I’ve loved my time at 1Xtra and have so many proud moments to reflect on. I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I have had."

No Guidnce said: "1Xtra Listeners!! We're super excited to announce that we'll be hosting the 1Xtra R&B Show next month! Tune in to hear some of our all-time favourite R&B tracks from past and present and celebrating some of our favourite groups too!"

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra, said: "I'm really excited to welcome Chuckie to station, he has an incredible passion and love for R&B as well as huge amounts of knowledge on the genre. I can't wait to see what he does with the show.

"Ace has been a hugely important part of 1Xtra and has given everything to the station for the past 21 years. He’s helped to define 1Xtra and its audience and has been an incredible radio talent. I'd like to thank him for everything that he’s done and wish him the very best for the future."

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