AROUND seven million people listen to the Jeremy Vine show each weekday on BBC Radio 2.
And since he began presenting the award-winning show in 2003, the presenter, author and broadcaster calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls on subjects as diverse as life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants.
So what have they told him? Well, in his new book What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – And Why We Should Take Notice, he has put together a hilarious memoir of lessons learned from his Radio 2 listeners.
And this month, Jeremy will be appearing at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea on Monday September 11 to talk about the book.
Jeremy Vine’s New book
As he will explain, at one time, his callers would sigh and make comments such as “But what can you do?’ or ‘You have to laugh’.
However, now they tend to give him their views – and they expecting to be
heeded. Because they have not called in to entertain the audience – they expect to take the wheel of the car and drive.
So in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump, is the world now being run by Radio 2 listeners? If you listen to Radio 4, Brexit was a shock. If you are a Radio 2 listener it wouldn’t have surprised you at all.
In the book, Jeremy, whose brother is the comedian Tim Vine, explains what it’s actually like to hit a button in a radio studio and hear what ordinary people have to say. Any why, in his opinion, what they have to say is important.
But the book isn’t only about his Radio 2 show. There are anecdotes and laugh-out loud moments from life and his appearance in 2015 on Strictly Come Dancing.
As well as presenting the award-winning Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2 since 2003, he also presents the BBC’s quiz show Eggheads, as well as Crimewatch and Points of View.
What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – And Why We Should Take Notice by Jeremy Vine is published by Orion priced £18.99 on September 7.
Jeremy Vine appears at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, on Monday September 11 at 7pm, organised by City Books. Includes a reading, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £8. Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.