James Whale

Radio Dj
Born May 13, 1951

Michael James Whale is a British radio and television host. He is known for his plain-speaking, often acerbic and confrontational, broadcasting style; during phone-ins he frequently hangs up on callers he disagrees with or who do not make their point quickly enough - a tactic used by many presenters - particularly Whale.… Read More

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1951 Birth Whale was born in 1951 in the village of Ewell in Surrey, the son of an English father, David Whale, and a Welsh mother, Anne (née Price), who owned a pub. … Read More


1974 23 Years Old Whale started as a phone-in chat show host at Metro Radio in Newcastle, the first presenter of the Nightowls evening phone-in from the station's launch in 1974. … Read More


1982 31 Years Old In 1982, Whale joined Radio Aire in Leeds to host the night talk show.
1986 35 Years Old He was moved to the breakfast show in late 1986/early 1987, but soon went back to the late show where he would have more freedom of speech.
1987 36 Years Old In 1987 he recorded singles "The Whaley Rap" and "Wrap It Up For Xmas" and by late 1987 his show was simulcast with Red Rose Radio from Preston – both part of Trans World Communications, owned by Owen Oyston.
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In 1989 his third single "Bimbo" entered the UK Top 100 singles chart. … Read More
1990 39 Years Old The Superstation took over the overnight schedule for Radio Aire in 1990 and Whale moved to the ITV studios to present "Whale On".


1994 43 Years Old In 1994, Whale presented a weekend afternoon show on LBC in London. … Read More
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In 1995, he hosted The James Whale Show on TalkSport until he was sacked in 2008 after urging his listeners to elect Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. … Read More


2006 55 Years Old On 21 December 2006, Whale presented The Mike Dickin Tribute Show, dedicated to a fellow talkSport presenter who had died in a car accident only three days before, Whale's style of presenting was similar to that of Dickin, who also had little tolerance for callers he disagreed with and didn't make a valid point. … Read More
In May 2008, Whale was sacked because he twice called on listeners to vote for Boris Johnson before the London mayoral election in 2008. … Read More


In March 2013, it was announced that existing LBC 97.3 presenter Iain Dale would replace him in this time slot as Whale's contract was not renewed. … Read More
On 28 July 2016, Whale entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete as a housemate in its eighteenth series.
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