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Jo Russell is an English radio presenter, currently working for Free Radio and Gem 106.

Jo Russell
Born2 December 1970
London, England
OccupationRadio Presenter
Known forTrent FM, Absolute Radio, BRMB, Free Radio, Gem 106


Russell worked for an insurance company and Coca-Cola among other roles before beginning her broadcasting career at York Hospital Radio. She later moved on to hosting weekend shows at Stray FM in Harrogate and a full-time presenting role at York's Minster FM.

From 1998 onwards, Russell spent over ten years co-presenting Trent FM's award-winning breakfast show with Andy "Twiggy" Twigge, who had previously worked alongside her at sister station Ram FM in Derby. During this time, Russell won various awards for her work including four Sony Awards, the 2008 Arqiva Commercial Radio Presenter of the Year and Best Breakfast Show at the 2007 European Radio Awards. In September 2008, she joined Absolute Radio[1] as the host of a weekend mid-morning show, which ran for around thirteen months.

A month after her departure from Absolute, Russell joined BRMB to host its flagship weekday breakfast show, The Jo Show.[2] In November 2010, following a break from work due to illness, she began co-presenting the station's weekday drivetime show Jo and Sparky, alongside Mark "Sparky" Colerangle.

During 2011, Russell also presented Back to the 80s, a weekly Saturday night show for the East Midlands regional radio station Gem 106.[3]

In 2014, Russell was awarded the Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement award by the Radio Academy.[4]

In July 2015, Russell and Colerangle moved to Free Radio's Shropshire and Black Country station to co-present Jo and Sparky in the weekday breakfast timeslot, beginning on Monday 20 July 2015 at 6am.[5] Since early 2016, the pair have also presented a Saturday morning show on sister station Gem 106.

In September 2017, it was announced Russell and Colerangle would leave Free Radio and join Gem 106 full-time as presenters of the station's weekday breakfast show on Monday 16 October 2017, replacing Sam Pinkham and Amy Voce.[6]


  1. ^ Absolute Radio loses its virginity
  2. ^ John Plunkett (November 20, 2009). "Former Absolute Radio DJ joins BRMB". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Former Trent FM presenter Jo Russell returns to Nottingham's airwaves". This is Nottingham. January 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret".
  5. ^ Martin, Roy. "Radio Today". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  6. ^ Jo & Sparky to replace Sam & Amy at GEM 106, Radio Today, 14 September 2017

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