Media: Double Standards - Waking up in London to your friends on the radio

Two DJ double-acts reveal how their unique relationships, both on- and off-air, go a long way to making radio shows with a winning formula.

RICKIE AND MELVIN KISS 100 BREAKFAST SHOW

- How does your relationship together work on-air?

M: Our friendship goes back years so the show is a natural extension of that - and that's what people who listen to our show relate to. We have fun, wind each other up from time to time - but at the end of the day, we really respect one another.

R: Our on-air relationship is exactly the same as it is off-air. What you hear is just two mates who've been friends for 11 years taking the Mick out of each other and having a laugh in the morning. Adding Charlie and the producer, Adam, just amplifies the laughter and banter.

- Is there a limit to the amount of time you want to spend together when you're not working?

M: We spend a lot of time together outside of the studio, whether it's hosting events, DJ-ing or filming for online (I see Rickie more than my mum!), but we are doing our dream job.

R: We're friends, which means working and socialising together. We do have other close friends that we also spend time with so we're not with each other every spare minute - that would drive me mad!

- Are there any older double acts/presenters that have influenced your style and the way you work together?

M: I grew up listening to Trevor Nelson. I loved his knowledge of music and I think he is a great broadcaster. So many people have influenced me. I worked with Dick and Dom at CBBC and they taught me a lot about what it is like being a partnership. I have a lot of time for them.

R: I think people like to hear friends on the radio. For me the duo who had the biggest effect on us both would be Reggie Yates and Devin Griffin - Reg and Dev. They worked on a kids' TV show called Smile. The fact they were two young black guys on daytime TV was a massive boost to us and was a big source of inspiration.

- How have interactive developments (Twitter, music downloading etc) had an effect on what you do?

M: I think we are the most interactive breakfast show in the UK and Totalkiss.com encompasses everything we do on-air. We get thousands of texts in addition to the usual Facebook pages. We all use YouTube and MySpace and blog daily via Totalkiss.com. We hosted the Wireless festival main stage this year and sent pictures to my Twitter account so followers could see the backstage action unfold.

R: We're always interested to know about new technology. Kiss is always evolving and we need to be ahead of the curve. Every day we argue about whether the iPhone is better than the BlackBerry and who sent the best Tweet from the day before. For listeners, it's just natural to get involved with us through any and every platform from Facebook to our blogs.

- Which track have you most enjoyed playing on the show and what tracks should we have on our "soundtrack for the summer" playlist?

M: For me, the tune that represents this summer is Calvin Harris' I'm Not Alone - it's a massive track! You can't forget Summer Time from Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff, which Kiss listeners voted as their no.1 track for summer.

R: Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone, Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers and Holiday, Melanie Fiona - Do It To Me Right, Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow and Masterkraftz featuring John Legend - Heartbreaker.

RICH AND KAT 95.8 CAPITAL FM AND THE BIG TOP 40 ACROSS 142 UK STATIONS

- How does your relationship together work on-air?

R: There is never any point putting two people on the radio who are the same and, thankfully, we can safely say we are very different. Sure, the same things make us laugh, the same things infuriate us and we like the same music ...

K: ... but Rich is a day man - out eating, drinking and visiting all around London while the sun is out.

R: Kat is more of a night owl - bringing this together on-air means, I think, we've got pretty much every aspect of London covered.

- Is there a limit to the amount of time you want to spend together when you're not working?

R: We never put a limit on spending time together. Ultimately, we're mates so when we're hanging out together it doesn't feel like a chore. Even when we are in the office we hold little therapy sessions for each other, offering the other advice, which is often never taken. Kat is my Trisha ...

K: ... and Rich is my Jeremy Kyle!

- Are there any older double acts/presenters that have influenced your style and the way you work together?

R: Because we are both individual presenters, Kat has TV commitments and I have ten years working in radio, we have both already worked on shows that involve more than one person in the studio and we take those experiences to develop how we are on-air now.

- How have interactive developments (Twitter, music downloading etc) had an effect on what you do?

K: Music downloads have offered us the chance to present a ground-breaking new chart show. The Big Top 40, which we present on more than 140 stations across the UK, is based on music downloads with the top ten changing while we are on-air depending on iTunes downloads.

R: I Twitter when I'm out and about and Kat is always taking photos to put on our Facebook page. It gives our listeners the chance to get in touch more directly and see what we do when we're not in the studio.

- Which track have you most enjoyed playing on the show and what tracks should we have on our "soundtrack for the summer" playlist?

R: We both love more upbeat stuff ... Dizzee Rascal again can't put a foot wrong and the new tune from Chipmunk is amazing. Michael Jackson's Man In The Mirror also captured the public's mood and skyrocketed to no. 1.

K: Rich is an official stalker of The Saturdays ... and, yes, they are aware of this!

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