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Brett Birks and Louise Brierley

Louise Brierley and Brett Birks
Louise Brierley and Brett Birks

Brett and Louise present BBC WM Introducing, the show dedicated to new music and talent from the West Midlands.

Airing every Thursday night from 10pm on 95.6FM, the programme features live sessions, gig reviews, festival news and interviews with all manner of music industry insiders.

As BBC WM's youngest presenters, Brett and Louise launched the programme in August 2007. Many bands and songwriters have received their first radio exposure on the show and have gone on to play at major festivals, tour the UK, secure record deals and enjoy airplay on national television and radio.

Brett Birks

A local lad through-and-through, Brett was born in Stourbridge and attended the University of Birmingham before he jetted off to Philadelphia in the United States for 12 months in 2003.

BBC WM's Brett Birks
Brett Birks

After a year of, in his own words, "travelling, partying and generally delaying getting a proper job for as long as possible", Brett returned home to pursue a career in journalism, landing work experience with BBC WM in January 2006.

During daylight hours, he works as a New Media Producer for BBC WM and was thrilled when the station asked him to team with Louise and launch the Introducing show.

"I'm very proud as the show seems to have gained great momentum," he says. "I feel like we're really making a difference - giving unsigned bands and artists a chance to have their material broadcast on BBC radio. I loved John Peel so am in my element doing this."

Contact Brett and Louise
e-mail: wmnewmusic@bbc.co.uk
text the show: 07786 202 956
call the show: 08453 00 99 56

Brett can still remember buying his first album when he was 12 years old.

"It was called God Fodder by a Stourbridge band called Ned's Atomic Dustbin. They achieved quite a bit of success in the early 90s. It's ironic really that Ned's were the first album I ever bought given that I'm now involved with a local music programme!"

Louise Brierley

Louise was born in Liverpool but grew up in Cambridge earning a degree in history from Lancaster University. She caught the journalism bug after spending two weeks on work experience with BBC Watchdog.

BBC WM's Louise Brierley
Louise Brierley

A spell in commercial radio followed, before Louise joined the BBC WM newsroom in 2006. As well as her Thursday night commitments, she can be heard throughout the week on BBC WM programming reading news bulletins.

Music is one of Lou's main passions. "I love all types of music, always have," she says.

"Everything from Kasabian to Swedish House Mafia. I've pretty much been to every major festival around the country this year. I'm broke now but it was worth it!"

Lou is equally at home checking out the latest unsigned band in one of Birmingham's many music venues or out clubbing all night to the beats of famous DJs.

Like Brett, she was delighted to be asked to present BBC WM Introducing:

"It's great to be pioneering a new show in the West Midlands to help local talent. I love the live sessions. Already we've had some of the best bands and singer-songwriters from the area play on the show and have lots more to come.

"Working with Brett? He's alright, I suppose. No, I'm kidding! He's great. Brett's so laid back but I'm quite highly strung so we work very well together!"




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