Night Ride (BBC Radio 2)

Night Ride was a long-running BBC Radio 2 overnight radio programme. It first went on air in 1967 and was revived as part of a schedule overhaul in January 1984 when it was heard daily from 1am to 3am. In January 1991 it was extended to start at 12.35am and by the middle of he decade, it had become a three-hour programme, beginning at 12.05am.[1]

Many different presenters hosted the programme over the years with two presenters at any one time - one during the week and the other hosting the programme Friday to Sunday nights. Each presented the programme for a couple of months. One of the longest standing hosts of the programme was Bill Rennells who presented the programme on an ad-hoc basis for almost a decade.[2]


  1. ^ Sean Street A Concise History of British Radio, 1922-2002 Page 115 1903053145-- 2002 Night Ride — A late-night programme on Radio 2 from 1979, developing a number of the Network's announcers as personalities.
  2. ^ New Statesman - Volume 130, Issues 4562-4568 - Page 46 2001 "BBC1 is closing down now for tonight, but those of you who aren't quite ready for bed yet can join our friends over on Radio 2, where Bill Rennells is just about to begin his Nightride," intoned the announcer seemingly every night of my childhood.