The first BBC Radio 2 breakfast show front-woman is a canny, worthy successor to Wogan – and apparently there’s no hard feelings with Chris Evans or Sara Cox After choosing Aretha Franklin’s Respect as the first record of her Radio 2 breakfast tenancy, Zoe Ball earned it for herself in a warm and fluent debut, in which she cannily bigged up her listeners, kickstarting their households and cars on a cold day, as the true “morning superstars”. As it dawned that she was now in the line of succession to Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, Ball’s pulse could almost be heard thumping under the opening link at 6.30am. But in the next three hours, she was confident without being cocky, stumbling verbally only once after the Radio 2 “bosses” turned up behind the glass. The arrival of managers seems to have, even for a rare employee earning more than her employers, much the same impact as on a factory floor.
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