Ronnie Herel is a true ambassador of Urban Music so it was no surprise when Radio 1’s sister station BBC 1Xtra, snapped him up as one of their first DJ signings. Formerly presenting their specialist slot ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra R&B Show’ Mondays 10pm -1am & ‘The BBC Radio 1Xtra Showcase on BBC Radio 1, Sundays 3am – 5am (Saturday nights)
Ronnie decided it was time to move on after 10 years at the BBC.
Ronnie truly loved playing his mix of urban music to a national and international audience and parted company with BBC radio 1xtra being the most listened to DJ via the 1Xtra website.
For his specialist show he interviewed some of the greats in the world of music from Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, Dizzee Rascal, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Estelle, JLS, Alicia Keys to name but a few, along with supporting new talent, giving them the opportunity to receive a greater audience.
He now presents #TheBigRnBShow every Monday night from 9pm – Midnight and #MiDrive (Drive Time) Mon – Fri 4pm til 7pm on a new station founded by the original Kiss 100 FM group called Mi-Soul Radio DAB London, Brighton & Manchester (www.mi-soul.com)
Ronnie has more than paid his dues in the R&B club scene, which dates back to 1989 with his first DJ promotion The Kat Club at Bar Rhumba (London). Moving on from this Ronnie established himself further with two impressive London residences “Club YoYo” and “Funk” @ Sound.
He also joined Trevor Nelson at the MTV Lick Parties in Ayia Napa and Leeds and on the Radio 1 stage at the Notting Hill Carnival, all this led to Ronnie being voted best club DJ by the readers of ‘Blues & Soul’ magazine in 2000.
Ronnie’s success has further been recognized with two MOBO nominations in the categories of ‘Best Radio Show’ and ‘UK Best Club DJ’.
Internationally he spins in Switzerland, Ayia Napa, Dubai, Jersey, Croatia, Ibiza, Slovenia and Russia, also being a veteran DJ at the legendary ‘Southport Weekenders’ and SunceBeat festival in Croatia playing Soulful House sets as well as big classics from yesteryear!
Ronnie also talent scouted for BBC1s The Voice UK for 3 years successfully getting the likes of Nate James & Lydia Lucy through to the final stages of the competition.
On behalf of the BBC Ronnie has brought onto stage artists like John Legend & Lemar to perform at their Maida Vale studios, Trey Songz at BBC Radio 1s Hackney Weekend & Jamiroquai as part of their BBC Proms series.
Not content with just playing the music, Ronnie’s skills include production and remixing, with his first ever record in 1989 ‘Its Too Late’ with group Quartz hitting the UK national chart at number 8.
Recently, he released the ‘Soulful House’ hit, a Luther Vandross’s cover version of “I Wanted Your Love with Brian Power and Ali Tennant for Soulhouse Records.
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