Jo Whiley Biography
Jo Whiley born as Johanne Whiley is an English radio DJ and television presenter. She is the former host of the long-running weekday Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1. She is the daughter of Martin, an electrician, and Christine, a postmistress.
She studied at Campion School at Bugbrooke, near Northampton, she also attended at Brighton Polytechnic and studied applied languages, finally, she studied in Brighton and dabbling on BBC Radio Sussex’s new music show. She competitively swam for Northamptonshire.
Jo Whiley Age
She was born on 4 July 1965 in Northampton, England, United Kingdom . She is 53 years old as of 2018.
Jo Whiley Husband
She is married to Steve Morton,who is a music executive. The couple got married in July 1991 in Northampton.
Jo Whiley Children
She has four children from her marriage with Steve, two sons and two daughters. They are; Jude Whiley-Morton, Cassius Whiley-Morton, Coco Lux Whiley-Morton and India Whiley-Morton.
Jo Whiley Height
She stands at 5ft 6 (167.6 cm).
Jo Whiley Career
She gained popularity after her debut for WPFM, Radio 4’s youth culture and music show as a presenter. She then moved over into TV, at first on satellite, then to Channel 4 as band booker for The Word, she gave Britain its first television taste of bands like Rage Against The Machine andand Nirvana.
In 1993, she joined Radio 1 and became permanent co-presenter of The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq the same year. In 1997, she landed her own daytime show , but remained part of Radio 1’s weekday line-up and left when she began a new weekend programme in 2009.
On 1 February 2011, she left BBC Radio 1 after 17 years and moved to Radio 2, where she presented an evening show from Mondays to Thursdays beginning on 4 April 2011 that replaced The Radcliffe and Maconie Show . She has co-hosted Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park since 2011. In January 2018 , she joined daytime a show with Simon Mayo.
The Jo Whiley Show
From February 1997, she had a weekday lunchtime show The Jo Whiley Show and then The Lunchtime Social. This included elements of the evening show, like occasional live ‘sessions’ at Maida Vale Studios and tour dates, still working within the restrictions of Radio 1’s daytime schedule. In February 2001, her show was moved to a mid-morning slot after Simon Mayo left Radio 1 for Radio Five Live.
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In September 2009, Jo Whiley show ended broadcasting as part of a major shake-up of Radio 1’s weekday schedule. The rearrangement made Greg James move to the afternoon slot and Fearne Cotton move to Whiley’s slot. Her final weekday programme took place on 18 September 2009.
She continued to present a weekend show on Radio 1 between 1pm and 4pm. Her weekday show featured live performances from visiting artists with three new features namely, Top of the Shops, Jo’s Road Trip and SpellStar. Her last show on Radio 1 was on 27 March 2011.
Jo Whiley Net Worth
She earns an annual income in the range of £150,000-£200,000. She has an estimated net worth of 4 thousand dollars.
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You have had an amazing career so far and met some of the most incredible and iconic figures of our time. When did you first decide that you wanted a career in the music and entertainment industry?
Jo Whiley: I honestly stumbled into this job. I had no idea that doing what I do now was a way of making a living. It certainly wasn’t on the list of career opportunities when I was at school. I simply loved music and loved listening to the radio. Some of my earliest memories are of listening to certain radio shows, taping the Top 40 countdown, listening religiously to Annie Nightingale’s Sunday Night request show – I still find it weird that I play music and talk into a microphone and people can hear what I’m saying!
What has been your career highlight to date?
Jo Whiley: Probably the most surreal moment was having Jay-Z in my garden playing basketball with my kids and drinking champagne & eating strawberries with my Mum & Grandma. Never saw that one coming. My proudest moments are always when an interview goes really well and people open up and reveal a more personal side of themselves to me and my listeners. That’s job satisfaction for me.
Is there anyone who you would love to meet?
Jo Whiley: In the last twelve months, we’ve lost three people who I regularly used to say I wanted to interview and that was Prince, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. I still can’t bring myself to tell my daughter that Snape has died in real life. Not sure why, but I was so upset by his death.
You have a beautiful home, filled with amazing artefacts and pieces that you have collected over the years. Is there an item that holds a special significance to you? If so, why?
Jo Whiley: There’s a dreadful wooden statue of the Pink Panther that my husband brought home one day when we’d just met. He thought it was fantastic & I questioned whether I should continue the relationship. 25 years later and we’re still together and the Pink Panther still lives with us despite my best efforts to get rid of him!
What is your favourite room in the house, and why?
Jo Whiley: Favourite room is our kitchen/dining room. Crime scene of many an epic party and the heart of our home. Our kitchen is most definitely less about cooking and more about dancing quite often in fancy dress. I hate the dark and discounted umpteen houses with small windows when we were looking to move. Our kitchen has floor to ceiling windows all round and it’s the lightest brightest house I could hope to live in.
In terms of décor, what was the first thing you did when you moved in?
Jo Whiley: The first thing we did was to remove the greenness of the house. Every wall in every room was green. It made me feel seasick so it had to go instantly. I replaced it with the obligatory 50 Shades of grey.
What would you say is the best thing about living in the countryside?
Jo Whiley: I adore the countryside because you can breathe and feel free and have adventures in the space around you. We had lots of fun living in North London and the transition to the countryside can be lonely. It takes a long time to build up friendships and that can be hard. Maybe it’s an age thing but I really appreciate nature and the wildlife around our home. I have a vegetable garden lots of different bits of the garden which are an extension of my decor. There’s a treehouse we had built, a willow tree that we planted which Coco calls the magic wishing willow, an orchard and gazillions of fairy lights everywhere. Plus the flowers I’ve planted which I’m besotted with – the garden’s probably my other favourite thing about our home.
If you could, what would you say to your younger self?
Jo Whiley: It’s very important not to care what others think about you – don’t get hung up on it. Chances are they’re not thinking anything about you, they’re just worrying about themselves.
If you have any, what are your New Year Resolutions for 2017?
Jo Whiley: This year I feel full of resolve. Nothing original – drink less, run more, smile more, moan less. And take vitamins. 2017 has found me very much in need of a reboot.
Finally, list 3 RSG products that you love or own?
Jo Whiley: Sorry! Too many to choose from!!… The Jo Lee Baby Dog, Glam Rock Sequin Ziggy Cushion, Big Hot Lips Silk Cushion, Pink Neon Heart and After the Disco art print.