Chris Philips is a MOBO nominated, Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning, Ivors Academy Gold Medallist radio presenter on air at UK national station Jazz FM. After a long tenure hosting the breakfast and morning shows he continues to present The Blueprint, an acclaimed three hour focus on the best new jazz every Saturday night at 10pm. Chris was also the station’s Head of Music until taking up a new challenge in August 2019.
With a head full of jazz-funk grooves from attending legendary London club sessions at ‘Crackers’ and The 100 Club on Saturday afternoons in the late 1970s Chris began on London’s pirate radio scene in 1984.
He was one of the original team on K-Jazz, the UK’s first dedicated jazz radio station, which was once based in his South London garage. K-Jazz broadcast across London all day on Sundays in the mid 1980s and featured a line-up of some of today’s most respected authorities in the music including Gilles Peterson, Jez Nelson, Bob Jones and Kevin Beadle. After K-Jazz Chris owned and operated Starpoint Radio, an eclectic station playing soul, hip hop, house and jazz. There were relentless late night sessions and aerial installations on icy roofs as the battle went on to keep the music on radios.
In 1990 Chris joined the new Jazz FM 102.2 and was heard from day one on weekday afternoons before co-hosted the legendary Somethin’ Else late night show with Jez Nelson. The programme was renowned for barrier busting serious music but presented with a less than serious approach! In 1991 they took the show to Kiss 100 and and co-founded an independent radio production company also called Somethin’ Else.
After fifteen years on air at Kiss 100 Chris joined London’s Choice FM. Here he had roles both on-air and as a music programmer. He was also one of the first presenters on the (now defunct) national digital station The Jazz from 2006-2008 on Saturday nights before returning to a newly re-launched Jazz FM in 2009.
Chris is also a passionate follower and founder member of AFC Wimbledon, a fan owned and operated English Football League club, embodying the continued lineage and support of Wimbledon FC after the original club controversially relocated over 90 miles away in Milton Keynes. He supported Wimbledon FC since childhood going along to the famous Plough Lane stadium with his Grandfather since the mid 1970s. In the late 1990s Chris became Wimbledon FC and latterly AFC Wimbledon’s stadium host for nearly twenty years, including whilst in the Premier League. He was also an early board member of AFC Wimbledon.