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Profile: Franklin Hughes: Franklin started his DJing career in the seventies as a mobile DJ, his mobile disco was called “The Hit & Run Roadshow” and he went under the name of ‘Johnny Apollo’ playing youth-clubs and parties all over Leicestershire.  In 1975, Franklin was offered his first club residency at the six hills hotel along with the band Showaddywaddy; he quickly moved on to work at some of the countries top nightclubs like the Dome (Birmingham) Hippodrome (London) and the Hollywood (Romford).

By 1983 Franklin had moved into club management, and it was at this time he saw an advert for the first ‘DJ of the year competition’.  He entered the last heat before the finals which was held at Boodles nightclub in Oxford.  The competition attracted over 800 hundred DJ’s from around the UK and the final was held at Faces International in Birmingham on Thursday 7th April 1983.  Franklin came out triumphant as the first “National Club DJ of the Year” .  He went on to DJ in just about all the major nightclubs in the country.

Franklin's first radio gig was on BBC Radio Leicester in the Seventies, before moving to BRMB in Birmingham and then to Mercia in Coventry.  He joined Radio Trent in the mid 80s to present a number of specialist shows including Steppin' Out and The Music Jam.  By the late 80s, he'd become a mainstream presenter and his shows were networked with Leicester Sound (later Sound FM).  He also introduced the concept of "liners" to Trent/Sound being the first to use JR Nelson voiced idents commissioned by him, having established himself as one of the station most popular presenters he departed Radio Trent in 1990.

He took this vast knowledge of nightclubs promotions and radio presenting to London and became manager of a well-known nightclub in West London, later joining North London's newly-licensed incremental station "WNK" (Wicked, Neutral, Kicking) where he presented the drive-time show.

In 1992 his true intentions became clear as he revealed he was to join the board of Choice FM in London in order to bid for the new Birmingham license, which had come about due to the failure of Buzz FM.  When Choice eventually won the licence in 1994, the new station was staffed by non-radio presenters from around the East and West Midlands, many of whom have gone on to much greater things (including Schooly on Capital FM; Leona Graham on Virgin and the voice of a million liners and trails on Sky, C4, BBC; Sacha Brooks on Vibe FM; Shortee Blitz on Kiss 100; Mark Wright on Breakfast at Surf 107.2/Juice 107.2 in Brighton, etc. etc.) Franklin as Managing Director & Programme Controller, however, lasted only six months before he left the company.

Since leaving Choice FM, Franklin has been involved with management and ownership of restaurants, bars & nightclubs.  He has worked in Swindon, Bristol, Southampton and most recently in Surrey.  In 2000, he formed ICE-FM (the consortium included former Kiss 100 founder Gordon MacNamee) who were considering bidding for the East Midlands regional licence (won by Saga 106.6FM).

Franklin Hughes has long had the dream of training youngsters to reach the heights in the jocking profession, that dream is now being realised as he is now the founder and Managing Director of Flaunt Media and he believes this to be his most exciting venture to date.

Thanks go to Franklin Hughes for supplying the above information.

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