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EXPERTISE
Broadcasting
Music
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Steve King has spent 35 years working in the radio industry. He is a popular Music Historian, Broadcaster, Programmer and Events Director. Steve has managed some of the biggest radio brands in the UK and has worked with many well-known popular music artists. He is an engaging public speaker and has produced a series of highly entertaining lectures based on his extensive knowledge of popular music and his experiences in the radio business.

During his career, Steve has operated at the highest level in the commercial radio industry. He has created market leading radio brands and his work has been recognised by the industry on many occasions. His love of popular music and his work as a radio presenter and Events Director has also enabled him to meet and work with many well-known artists including Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, John Legend, The Script, One Direction, Alesha Dixon, U2 and Rita Ora.

Steve has lectured at various media conferences and industry events during his career and has also lectured on cruise ships for Cunard, Fred Olsen, Saga, P&O and Marella. He currently runs his own media consultancy and his clients include Bauer Media and former Radio One DJ Bruno Brookes.
TALK TITLES
1. Song Stories (Part 1) - You know the song very well, but do you know the story behind its creation? In this, the first of two lectures on the subject, Steve reveals the stories of some of the world’s best-known songs. Was ‘Every Breath You Take’ by the Police really written as a love song? What was the inspiration behind the Drifters classic ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’? and what is the truth about the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’? Steve provides the answers to these questions and more in part one of Song Stories

2. Song Stories (Part 2) - What is the Queen track ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ all about? What is the story behind the Don Mclean classic ‘American Pie’? and what event inspired Abba’s ‘The Winner Takes It All’? Steve will provide the answers to these questions and more in his second lecture on the stories behind some of the world’s best-known songs.

3. The Bestselling Songs of All Time – We all have our favourite songs, but which songs make the all-time bestsellers list, in the UK and the world? Steve will reveal the top six in each category and offer some insight into the reasons why these songs have become so successful. He’ll also reveal the world’s richest song and the bestselling musical act of all time.

4. The Music of the Sixties (1960-63) - A chronological journey through one of the most creative and innovative periods in the history of music. This series of three talks features the major artists, important songs and principle musical genres of the era. Steve’s first-hand knowledge and insight is supported by video, audio and photography from the era. The first lecture features Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and the rise of the Beatles.

5. The Music of the Sixties (1964-66) - A chronological journey through one of the most creative and innovative periods in the history of music, featuring the major artists, important songs and principle musical genres. ‘The British Invasion’, the rise in the importance of the album and the role of Pirate Radio in the growth of popular music in the UK all feature in this, the second of three lectures.

6. The Music of the Sixties (1967-69) - The musical journey through the sixties concludes with Flower Power, Sgt. Pepper and the world’s first boy band.

7. The Music of the Seventies (1970-72) - A chronological journey through one of the most varied and innovative periods in the history of music. This series of three talks features the major artists, important songs and principle musical genres of the era. Steve’s first-hand knowledge and insight is supported by video, audio and photography from the era. This opening lecture features the birth of Glam Rock, The Sound of California and the music of The Jackson Five, T. Rex, Rod Stewart and Elton John.

8. The Music of the Seventies (1973-76) - The second part of this musical journey through the decade features the story of the concept album, the rise of soft rock and the music of David Bowie, Queen and The Eagles.

9. The Music of the Seventies (1970-74) - A chronological journey through one of the most varied and innovative periods in the history of music. Glam rock, punk, disco and middle of the road pop, the 1970’s had it all.

10.(New) I Bet You Think This Song Is About You - Song Stories 3 – The final lecture in this series concentrates on songs about individuals. You’ll discover who inspired some of the world’s best-known recordings including Here, There & Everywhere, MacArthur Park and You’re So Vain.

The interest in the popular music of the past generated by these lectures led Steve to create evening dance events of up two hours in length and a number of quizzes based on the music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Both activities were very successfully introduced on a recent cruise and are now available as part of the programme if required.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Steve has provided lectures for Cunard, P & O, Fred Olsen, Saga & Marella cruises. His music based talks and multi-media presentations have been extremely well received by all five cruise lines. He has filled the Queen Mary 2 lecture theatre and the Azura theatre to capacity on sevartal ocasions this year (2019).

As a former radio presenter, Steve is also able to host dance nights featuring the music of 60's, 70's and 80's and music based quiz evenings, both of which have also been very well received by cruise audiences.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
Cruise Ship Speaker Insurance Cover
I have experience in providing music based quiz sessions for cruise guests. I have also provided era based dance nights i.e. Music of the 60's and 70's.

Feedback (Last 18 Months)

“We would be interested in Stephen King if he was available for this, he scored so well on his last cruise”

“We have had really lovely feedback coming in from the reports regarding your talks Steve with a current score of 8.5!”

“Strangely, we never got a report from the Entertainment Manager for this cruise but he did score a phenomenal 9 out of 10 so he appeared to go down very well with the guests!”
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Queen Mary 2 M902 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing 7 New York Thursday, January 3, 2019
Boudicca D1614A German Canals, Rivers and Cities 12 Belfast, Northern Ireland Monday, August 1, 2016