“You can’t be on Radio 1 forever”: Scott Mills on the emotional decision to leave the station after 24 years

The sun sets on Scott Mills’ 24-year tenure at BBC Radio 1.

The Scott Mills Show broadcast live from Newquay for a week ahead of Mills and his co-host Chris Starks’ final Radio 1 show on August 25.

Mills is leaving to replace longtime DJ Steve Wright at Radio 2 – who is also leaving after 24 years.

“Here’s the thing, I’m 84, you can’t be on Radio 1 forever,” Mills joked on Thursday’s (Aug. 11) show.

“I’ve been with Radio 1 for 24 years, it’s amazing. Would I love that this would go on forever and be forever young? Yes, because I still feel that, but I can’t. But I actually think I’m not too sad because I don’t think it’s the end, you know.”

Elsewhere, talking about the friendship they’ve built over the years, Mills and Stark said Radio 1 offered an “escape” from the stresses of real life.

Scott Mills (left) and Chris Stark

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Stark said: “Getting on the radio every day has been for me at times, and I think for you too…”

“Like an escape,” interjected Mills.

“Because sometimes we had really personal situations,” Stark replied.

Mills said: “Yeah, because if you’ve been on radio as long as I’ve been, if I’m lucky, is that a quarter of my life right on Radio 1?

“Things will happen in that time, people will die, people will be born, you will break up with people, you will get together with new people… It all happens, but the radio with you was my sanctuary. Because you go in there and you can actually forget about it for three hours.”

Mills will replace Wright in the daily Steve Wright in the afternoon slot on radio 2.

Wright’s departure was met with scorn from fans, who called it “a terrible decision.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/scott-mills-leaving-radio-1-b2143373.html “You can’t be on Radio 1 forever”: Scott Mills on the emotional decision to leave the station after 24 years

JOE HERNANDEZ

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