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He’s got a voice like a thousand greasy chippy containers, all crispy and lubricated with countless lukewarm northern England pints of lager. Love him or hate him, he’s Chris Moyles, the breakfast disc jockey on Radio 1’s "The Chris Moyles Show."

And around these parts, he’s kind of a big deal.

Think the U.K.’s version of Howard Stern, without the profanity and lesbian antics but with a similar capacity to offend some listeners. Some folks love him, others hate him. That’s just how he rolls.

But who is this self-styled "savior of Radio 1"?

Moyles was born in Leeds on Feb. 22, 1974, according to chrismoyles.net, billed as the "officially unofficial Chris Moyles Fansite."

Moyles’ career took off in earnest in 1996, when he landed a gig at the London-based Capital FM, according to the site. He joined Radio 1 in 1997, the second youngest DJ to ever helm such a heady gig.

Among other big points in his career, Moyles worked the afternoon slot when 9/11 took place in the States, and won praise by eschewing his usual brash comedic antics in favor of nonstop music coupled with regular news updates.

On Oct. 7, 2003, Moyles got tapped to head up Radio 1’s flagship breakfast show. The rest, as they say, is history.


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