Seventeen years in one job is a long time, especially by today’s standards. But Annie Mac has helped define the sound of BBC Radio 1 since 2004, and this year it’s stepping aside.
In a lengthy post on social media, she explained the impact the role has had on her over the years. “I’m still in awe of the magic of music radio,” she wrote. “The responsibility of dealing with these songs, which are so powerful that they can stop you and drive your emotions high. I’ve never left the studio and felt lighter and happier than when I entered. “
Clara Amfo will take over for Mac after her last show on July 30th.
“I am fully honored and ready to start this exciting new chapter on Radio 1,” Amfo wrote on Instagram. “I’m such a fan of this show, the artists that it campaigned for and that I want to be baton on [Annie Mac] Who I love and respect makes it something very special for me. “
The US-American DJ Diplo, presenter of Diplo & Friends, is leaving the company after 10 years, also in September.
Read Annie’s full explanation below.