Career

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History:

UKRD (Nov’ 2012 – Oct’ 2013).

  • Programme Director, Star North East.
  • (Rajar Q3 – 2013) – Delivered record audience figures again. up in reach, up in hours and up in share. Now 15% reach. This is the highest audience that Star has ever had now 2 Rajar books running.
  • (Rajar Q2 – 2013) – increased Star share by 10% and delivered highest ever breakfast show figures.
  • Increased from 11% to 14% reach in just 6 months. (Rajar Q2 – 2013). This is the highest reach figures Star has ever had.
  • Jan’ 2012 wholly responsible for complete overhaul and relaunch of Star, including entire lineup change and music policy change.
  • Initiated “10 Formats In 10 Days” a never been done before UK radio promotion. Engineered to bring mass audience attention to the changes in the market with zero advertising budget.
  • Morning Show Presenter (6-10, Mon – Fri). – Increased audience in first Rajar sweep (Source – Rajar Q1 2013).
  • UKRD voted No. 1 by Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For,  3 years running (2011, 2012 and 2013).
  • Ongoing management training and coaching within UKRD.
Robin is passionate about radio and is a great performer on air. He’s sharp and witty and brings with him a great understanding of what it takes to cut through on air. RAJAR went up to its highest ever levels under his auspices at Star Radio in the North East. He is one hell of a talented guy. William Rogers – CEO, UKRD (Oct’ 2013).
“It didn’t work out for Robin at Star North East because I can’t have someone working for UKRD who’s more talented than me. Seriously though, the radio station had a record audience under his guidance and if the right opportunity comes along I’ll be hiring him again! He’s lost his looks though.” Phil Angell, Group Programme Director, UKRD (Nov’ 2013).

www.ukrd.com

Radio Consultancy (2007 – present).

  • Consults for various radio stations and groups worldwide.
  • Specialises in Coaching Morning Shows and Talk Shows.
  • 100% discretion guaranteed.
  • See quotes in “What People Say” section for some quotes from previous and present clients.
“I have been a fan of Robin Banks for over 3 decades dating back to his times on the Voice of Peace in the late eighties. Robin is a radio original and responsible for some of the most enjoyable radio I have heard. He has certainly had his ups and downs and I’m so glad he is currently his sorted and sensational best.” Mark Story – Radio Consultant (Ex-MD Bauer/Emap, Ex-PD Virgin Radio).

Discovery Channel Europe/Asia (2005 – present).

  • Consults and narrates the hugely popular (global Discovery No. 1 TV show) ‘Mythbusters’ TV show aired across Europe weekly (7 continuous seasons – now entering Series 10 – 2013).
  • Mythbusters was voted #1 Show on Discovery by Viewers in Last 20 Years (July 2009).
  • Narrates ‘Dirty Jobs’ (Series 1 and 2) on Discovery Channel UK and Europe/Asia.
  • Narrates ‘Is It Possible’ on Discovery Channel UK and Europe/Asia.

www.yourdiscovery.com/web/mythbusters/

“As a Producer one worries that energies will be wasted on soothing egos rather than the all important job of creating a top notch programme. Very quickly however, one becomes aware that Robin is absolutely on the money as a VO artist and brings to a programme that extra dimension of editorial expertise. Not only does he possess a wide vocal dynamic, he’ll not leave the studio until both he and the producer are absolutely certain they have the take. He has become the voice of Mythbusters, one of the most successful Discovery brands and can deliver a vast range of styles, inflected with a great sense of energy or, in the case of Dirty Jobs, voiced with a strong factual delivery. He’s a star to have in the studio.  And at the end of the day, a programme is better for having his voice and talent associated with it.” Joseph Schneider – Supervising Producer, Discovery Channel UK and Europe.
“Robin has been great to work with and has made my job as producer a lot easier with his professionalism and unique voice, although he does DEMAND fresh, room temperature watermelon at every session. Bloody talent!” Nigel Janes – Producer, Discovery Channel Europe.

BRMB, Mercia, Beacon and Wyvern – Orion Media Group (Nov’2009 – July 2011).

  • Presented 7-10pm Monday-Friday.

www.brmb.co.ukwww.orionmediagroup.co.uk

“Finding new, exciting and genuinely entertaining talent is no easy job these days.  With Robin we had everything but the ‘new’! Robin bounced into our offices full of energy, passion and ideas so infectious it was hard not to have him on the air…  Robin remains as exciting and genuinely entertaining as he always has been, and will prove that what goes on between the songs is what wins the battle… .” Paul Kaye – Ex -Programme Director, BRMB.

Leicester Sound (July 2008 – May 2009).

  • Presented Breakfast Show.
  • Increased online ‘hits’ hugely in just 6 months. His work generated approx’ 25% of all online hits coming into the Leicester Sound website; it was the #1 Breakfast Show for online hits in the entire Global Radio group (Source – Global Radio in-house research).
  • With Zero marketing and advertising the audience after 1 full quarter increased 1% share. (Rajar q4 2008).

www.leicestersound.co.uk

“I was told he was going to be a nightmare to work with, when in reality he’s great and so down to earth, he’s so nice on and off the radio and really taught me a lot… all that said he is still a ‘butt-munch’ in my eyes though.” Michelle Mary Mustard – Breakfast Producer, Leicester Sound, now Hallam FM.

Kiss 100 London (2000 – May 2007).

  • Drive time and Breakfast show host (had the number 1 show in London (16-24’s males and females) in both day parts culminating in Kiss’s largest overall audience for years. (Rajar May 2007).
  • Other programming matters included training and air-checking. Giving 1 to 1 consulting and training to, amongst others in the past the current Breakfast Show (Highest Ever Kiss 100 figures – Rajar q2 2009).
  • Responsible for show output and was solely responsible for and directing an on-air team of 4 people.
  • Hosted the Smash Hits Chart, a weekly Top 40 show syndicated to 70+ stations across the UK.
  • Won an RAB Gold Award (Virgin Mobile – “Where The F@cks My Phone?”).

www.totalkiss.com

“A unique presenter bursting with ideas and talent, supported by a mad passion for Radio that bursts out as soon as the Mics go live and  easy going to work for too!” Adam K – Breakfast Producer, Kiss 100 London.

Beat 106 Scotland (1999 – 2000) Now Capital Scotland.

  • Took the breakfast show to number 1 (15-34’s) within 6 months of taking over. (Source – Rajar).
  • His Breakfast show figures are still the highest ever.
  • Produced and directed a team of 3 people.

www.beat106.com

“You just have to look at Robin’s cast of characters (all listeners) from his Beat 106 days to see how he serves up a unique show! ‘Stud Stevie’ – a perma tanned ladies man who thought he was God’s gift, ‘Extreme Fan John’ – who listened to every minute of every show and then gave marks out of ten, ‘Ricky’ – who had his teeth wired together so he couldn’t actually talk, The ‘Two Blind Boys’ – who became film reviewers, some singer called ‘Darius’ whom Robin snuck into the Popstars auditions, ‘Spikey’ whose job was to wake up Celtic football players by playing trumpet outside their bedroom windows… and loads more.
No wonder the audience went up 66% in 6 months. Robin knows how to engage, how to spin something to avoid predictability, how to get a reaction and how to get under the skin of the competition.”
Euan McMorrow – Ex-Breakfast Show, Beat 106. Now Programme Controller, Radio City, Liverpool.

XFM London  (1998 – 1999).

  • Presented the Drive time show.

www.xfm.co.uk

“If there was a category for insane but brilliant, Robin Banks would take prime position. He has no fear, no limit and no end of adventure. I have worked with Robin as a Programme Controller at XFM and to this day I have never found another one like him. I remember he came to work once for a show dressed in a black leather outfit that seemed right for a sadomasochist bar but not a radio studio, but true to form Robin was always in character for his part in the radio stunt. He puts more into one show than most do in a lifetime!” Andrew Phillips – Ex-XFM PC. Now Media Consultant.

Virgin Radio UK (1994 -1998) Now Absolute Radio.

  • Presented National Drive time (boasting the biggest commercial drive time show in the UK).
  • Commanded a 4 ½ million audience across the week. (Source – Rajar).

www.virginradio.co.uk

“I’ve been in this business for over 25 years, worked all over the world and pretty much seen it all. Believe me, commercial radio is full of mediocre crap sound-alike DJ’s. And Robin Banks is no exception. No, wait – sorry.  He IS an exception! Seriously, he’s one of the best I’ve worked with, which by definition makes him one of the best that I’ve heard anywhere in the world.” Geoff Holland – Ex-PC Virgin Radio UK. Now Group PD Virgin Radio International.

Atlantic 252 UK (1990 – 1994) Non-operational since 2001.

  • Drive time host. (At just 18 was the youngest ever National Broadcaster in the UK).
  • Smash Hits Magazine – Voted by readers one of  the Top 5 Radio Presenters in the country.
  • Helped Atlantic 252 become the worlds biggest commercial radio station. (Source – 1993, BBC research 6.3 million).

www.atlantic252.com

“I have to give Robin my highest praise, he worked his way to the top of the business at a very young age. He delivered amazing audience figures. He has been there and done it. I admire his great talent and the fact that he is now coaching others. Radio needs more people like Robin Banks.” Paul Kavanagh – Ex-PC Atlantic 252, MD EMAP. Now Radio Consultant.
Also; Triple M (Sydney, Australia), Voice of Peace (completed 6 month stint), Radio Nova (where he was fired 7 times in his first week by the notorious Chris Cary!),  Radio Kilkenny and AMS Kilkenny (where he started his radio career at a tender 13 years old… awwwwwww).
“Robin Banks is one of the VERY few remaining talents left in this game we call broadcasting. His ideas and creativity are 30 years ahead of the rest of us. Some say jocking is dead. He’s the defibrillator!” Neal Veglio – Jack FM.

Who is Robin Banks eh?

“It takes the average person less than 15 minutes to recognise Robin’s exceptional talent and passion for radio. I truly believe that he possesses one of the sharpest radio minds in the industry.” Craig Wallace KNDD-FM/Seattle & Sales and Marketing Manager ReelWorld Productions, Seattle (ex-Clyde 1, Glasgow).

Born and raised in Kilkenny, Ireland. This is where his family home is and his dear old Mum still lives.

“… he’s a maverick and I like him.” Theo Paphitis – BBC Dragons’ Den.

Over 20 years experience in commercial radio and one of the highest profile radio people in the country.

“Robin is one of the most compelling, creative and cocky c***s I’ve ever had the displeasure of working with… seriously though; Robin is an ideas powerhouse – a lot of radio people have good ideas but Robin knows how to deliver them effectively on air and how to create a lasting and impactful connection with his audience.” Richard Wilkinson – Ex-BBC Radio 1, ex-PC – Ocean FM, Forth One & Beat 106. Now consultant for Republic Communications, Australia.

As well as hosting ‘personality led’ and Breakfast radio shows Robin is also a well known Top 40 presenter for numerous stations (Smash Hits chart, 2005 -2007) that was syndicated to 70+ commercial radio stations across the UK.

“Robin is at the cutting edge of UK radio, I rate him so much, that I did everything in my power to steal his producer off him. Anything to weaken his position… I’m actually so grateful as now I have a new radio wife, who was broken in by Robin. When I say broken in, I mean professionally, and not over the desk… or under it.” ‘Big John’ Harrison – Breakfast Presenter, Hallam FM.

Regularly coaches a number of high profile (some not yet!) radio presenters in Europe and across the globe and continues to have massive success rates with them (see Training section of this website for more details). Taking them from very small stations where after his unique guidance, a number of them now work on a National level.

“I started my radio journey in a big radio group and had been told how I should sound from day one. Now after just three sessions with Robin, I  find new ways to do the normal stuff different to everyone else. I am no longer the bloke on in the background. I am a radio star in the making. All thanks to Robin’s honesty, experience and the persistence to see me succeed that he has.” Anonymous 1 to 1 Client – Major UK Radio Group.

Expert script writer in all aspects of media, from press releases to advertisements, hard hitting station promo’s to sketch composure of every type.

“Every day is a new adventure with Robin Banks. He is creative, energetic and always looking for what’s new.  Working with Robin is a two way process and he’s totally unique.” Colin Paterson – Ex-Leicester Sound PC. Now PC, Red Dragon FM.

Knowledge of RCS, Selector, Master Control, LINKER, Maestro, Dalet, BCX and other well known radio music systems. Knowledge of editing software including Cool-Edit and Pro-Tools. Expert in every use of digital and analog broadcast/mixing desks.

“If you want to be a success in radio then of course you should learn from people who have been hugely successful. Robins an idea’s man, he can help you turn your generic boring bit’s into great radio and make your best bits brilliant.” Keith Cunningham (PPI Multi-Gold Winner) – Programme Director & Breakfast Show Presenter, RED FM, Cork. Now Today FM.

Believes radio shows should sound spontaneous and unrehearsed (though NOT unprofessional!!) when they are far from it. Believes totally in commitment, hard work and constant preparation for any radio show.

“Robin is the KING of radio! I grew up listening to Robin Banks on some of the biggest stations like Atlantic 252, Virgin, XFM, Kiss 100 and still admire this guy… I have tapes of him and play them to my jocks for kick ass ideas!” – Neal Bowden – Head of Programming, Channel 4 & The Coast, Dubai.

Radio Training (see ‘Training’ section on this website for details):

Consults and tutors radio presenters (worldwide). Is approached by individual presenters for coaching and advises on presentation skills, connecting with the target audience (Top 40, Adult Oriented Rock, and Adult Contemporary formats), contracts, regular air checks, show structuring, interview techniques etc. These include presenters at well-known stations such as; Galaxy, BBC Radio 1, Capital, Kiss and Heart in the UK and presenters in markets worldwide.

“I was hoping to leave my training with Robin Banks with at least 2 or 3 hints, when infact I left with at least 50.” Paul McKenna – Head of Music, FIVE FM.

Holds Radio Workshops throughout the year with Irish Radio Consultant Brian McColl (www.bmacmedia.com). These are always sold out. For information on upcoming Radio Presenter Workshops use the Contact section on this website to send Robin a message.

“Robin was there at the very start of my radio career giving me useful advice on link structure and style and, along the way, has been great to work with. I don’t know anyone like him in radio, or indeed outside of it!” Darren Spence – Signal 1, Heart. Now Rock FM.

Counsels University Media/Radio/Journalism degree students and has lectured at University Media Degree courses.

“During the last two years of my degree in Media Studies and Production, Robin lent his great industry knowledge and insight to my academic work while adding his unique take on things and Robin Banks style of humour to my practical work providing me with endless ideas and inspiration. Needless to say, with Robin on my side, I managed to score a first class degree, plus two prizes for best overall performance.” Alice Watkyn – University of Ulster.

Won promotions and marketing awards, most notably a Gold Aerial Award (R.A.B) for conceptualising and selling a huge promotion to Virgin Mobile.

“A true radio inspiration, his track record speaks for itself. He is among the top really creative, professional and highly skilled broadcast professionals that I know anywhere in the world. If everyone had the same professionalism and enthusiasm as Robin then radio would be ten times better. He is a great coach enabling you to do what you always wanted to.” Enda Caldwell – Real Radio, Dublin.

Television Roles:

  • Presented the worlds first truly interactive show for the BBC called ‘Subzero’. This ran for two seasons.
  • Nominated for a Childrens BAFTA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_Zero_%28television%29

“Sometime ago I nearly employed Robin once…now I can’t get him to take my calls.” Gordon Davidson – Ex-Kerrang PD. Now CN Group PD.
  • Acted in a BBC drama called ‘Mysti’.
  • Has vast experience both in front of and behind the camera for the BBC, Channel 4, Living TV, and Discovery channels.
  • In 2004 was on a “retainer” contract (Talent TV UK) for his unique TV show format ideas.

www.talenttv.com

“Robin showed me even the basics can be sensational and his advice helped take my career in a direction I’d never dared dream about. His enthusiasm for great broadcasting is infectious.” Colin Kelly – Presenter, Clyde 1 and STV, Scotland.

Robin Banks continually breaking new ground … Outside of Radio:

Robin is also the Director and joint owner of two non-radio companies in the UK, managing staff and budgets, website design and implementing sales and marketing campaigns and strategies and dealing in the everyday running of two completely new types and different companies.

Tiny Box Company Ltd.

Robin helped founder Rachel Watkyn set this company up in Oct’ 2007. It is the first and still the sole company in the UK to only deal with supplying eco-friendly packaging. Generated fantastic PR and marketing with zero budget. This company has seen sales growth of 20% each month since starting in August 2007.

  • Appeared on BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den and secured more money than requested (a first at the time for Dragons’ Den). Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones are now business partners.
  • Robin still owns a small stake in this fantastic company.

www.tinyboxcompany.co.uk& www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden

“I met Robin first in a shop in June 2007, within just nine hours I was enthralled with his infectious enthusiasm and thought processes that I had to get him involved with my ideas. His boundless energy and ability to think ‘Out of the Box’ really helped me see ‘Inside the Box’ with the Tiny Box Company! I have to truthfully say that I have gained a surrogate brother and friend for life.” Rachel Watkyn – Tiny Box Company Founder (September 2009).
“I will only invest in this company if Robin stays a part of it.” Peter Jones – BBC Dragons’ Den, August 2008.
“… he’s a maverick and I like him.” Theo Paphitis – BBC Dragons’ Den.

Tiny Difference Ltd.

Tiny Difference believes that aid given to developing countries is a good short term fix but not a long term solution and was established to empower the less fortunate. Giving people back their dignity and helping them to become self sustained. Tiny Difference in a year already has three workshops in Africa and one in Thailand. 20% of Tiny Difference profits go straight back into the poorer areas.

“Robin has a fantastic funny, cocky personality that has you laughing out loud! He is extremely encouraging and has a lot to offer… if you were to compare him to a snooker player then he’d be the one that can show you trick shots you’ve never even seen before!” Carl Kinsman – Head of Production, Cool FM.

Business Consultancy:

Rehab in Spain (New Life Addiction).

In Feb 2009 Robin was approached by struggling business New Life Addiction Ltd.

He consults this business and recently (Feb’ 2009) he completely restructured them, their brand, image and their business plan. Formerly New Life Addiction, one of his first implementations was changing their name so people could find them easily. He is an ongoing consultant for this excellent business of getting peoples lives back together. (He is very open with his own past life mistakes and tries at every opportunity to help others that are in the same ‘place’ he was).

Rehab’ in Spain, under Robin’s guidance now has the most clients ever in less than 3 months (May 2009).

www.rehabinspain.com

“Our marketing campaign and company required a complete overhaul and we enlisted Robins’ services. He brought with him boundless energy and enthusiasm for the task, rebuilding our website, creating new marketing objectives and broadening our target market. Within a few months his work paid off with more enquiries and clients than we had ever had.” Nicholas Kenny – Director and Owner, Rehab in Spain.

Rees Antique Clocks.

In April 2010 Robin consulted, re-imaged and rebuilt this Grandfather Clock sellers website.

www.reesantiqueclocks.com


Other Activities:

Robin is involved in some charity organisations, most notably;

Teenage Cancer Trust.

Is an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust which is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Robin is now a committed TCT supporter and has raised funds and awareness including having his chest waxed on live television.

www.teenagecancertrust.org/about/people.php

**Robin is very keen to get involved in other worthwhile Charity Organisations, please get in touch.**

“Robin is a real influence and a great teacher. He is nothing short of a radio legend!” Laurence Scott – Future Radio.
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