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Celebration on Radio 2 for 25 years of The Country Show with Bob Harris

There was a special edition of The Country Show with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 last night to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Bob started presenting the show on 8 April 1999, so there were some surprises for him on air last night as he was also celebrating his 78th birthday.

Fellow Radio 2 presenter Trevor Nelson popped in to congratulate Bob and wish him happy birthday before he started his own show at 10pm.

Trevor said to Bob: “You are my favourite favourite, favourite DJ at Radio 2 you know that don’t you? You are my favourite for many, many reasons. Not only do you make me like country music, your passion for music, I share it.”

He also said that when Bob finishes his show, he always pops into his studio to say hello.

The Shires, who Bob had supported since day one, joined him live in the studio, bringing a special celebratory cake in the shape of a Stetson.

There were calls live on the show from Breland and Kimberly Schlapman, plus messages of congratulations sent from country stars including Sam Palladio, Charles Esten, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, Tyler Hubbard (of Florida Georgia Line), Chris Jansen, Chris Young, Riley Green, and Lady A and more.

Speaking about his 25 years on the show Bob said: “It’s been a huge delight to see Country music grow so much in popularity in the UK across the last 25 years. Being able to sit in the heart of that, and the outpouring of love for the genre, has been truly wonderful to see.

“We love to share the very best artists with our listeners and I’m always so honoured when they take the time to come and perform for us on The Country Show. Thank you to all the listeners for joining us every week, and here’s to the next 25 years!”



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