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Alex James Atkinson

Alex James Atkinson

Radio presenter and broadcaster with music & media insight, knowledge and passion

Alex is a Manchester based radio presenter & broadcaster, voice-over artist, event host and public speaker. He has over a decade of presenting skills and a passion for new and popular music.

A University of Manchester graduate, Alex has worked for some of the UK's biggest broadcasters including Bauer Media and the BBC. If you would like an insight into the world of radio, the media and music industry or direction for public speaking and personal confidence then look no further.

His time on air has seen him interview some of the world's biggest music and film stars - from Rihanna and Katy Perry through to Mumford and Sons and One Direction.

Alex currently hosts the hugely popular XS Manchester Breakfast Show and, over 15 years, has presented radio shows for some of the UK's biggest networks.

His time on air has included interviews with some of the world's biggest music stars - from Rihanna and Katy Perry through to One Direction & Green Day. He has presented world-exclusive content including unique access to artists including Coldplay, Adele, Lady GaGa and Pink.

Alex is currently the lead male Voice Over on the BBC Local Radio Network across England.

Beyond broadcasting, Alex is a Visiting Lecturer at The University of Chester teaching Media & Broadcast students and also works with a range of high-profile business clients to develop personal & business public speaking skills.

He has hosted many public and corporate events including the Manchester Christmas Light Switch On, Manchester Day Parade and countless major music events including the international announcement for Robbie Williams' World Tour in 2012.

Alex graduated from The University of Manchester in 2002 with BA (Hons) Combined English & History and is now qualified as a professional Celebrant as a member of the UK Society of Celebrants.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Alex has been very generous with his support at University careers events and has given our students a great insight into broadcasting careers, as well as inspiring them to pursue a career in media. His enthusiasm for the profession, coupled with his natural ability to engage his audience, make him an ideal presenter. Alex is an inspiring speaker; I always gain fascinating insights into the world of broadcasting when hearing him present."

– Janet Willis, Careers Consultant, University of Manchester

"As course leader for the Bauer Academy, I worked with Alex on a number of our ‘Step Inside’ courses. As a presenter Alex was the perfect choice to tutor the students about various aspects of radio, including presenting and production. Alex brought a wealth of knowledge to the sessions, his passion for presenting & music, mixed together with great communication skills and desire to pass on that knowledge to others. Feedback from the students was great, it was clear that they had learned lots from Alex and really enjoyed their time on the course."

– Lee Tideswell, Course Leader, Bauer Academy

"Alex has been kind enough to speak to my primary classes about his adventures in radio and the kinds of people he has met along the way, they always enjoy hearing his stories and like to find out what happens behind the scenes on radio."

– Rebecca Britton, Teacher, William Hulme​

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