DJ Elayne Smith - www.elaynesmith.com
Written by Zak - CEO LWR Radio
Elayne Smith, better known to us as DJ Elayne, is a beautiful and talented individual who deserves a lot of credit for her dedication to media, entertainment and music.
She is a female who defied all the stereotypes and with her energy and exuberance, catapulted herself into the forefront of radio in the 1980’s.
Recollecting how her radio career began can only be described as whirlwind. Having been talent spotted by Daddy Ernie, by then a distinguished Reggae man on LWR, he recommended her to the station and within a few days via a demo-tape found herself launched as the first female daytime presenter, at least in London.
She commanded the breakfast show which afforded her a massive audience which numbered around 2 million listeners.
This was the beginning of an illustrious career that subsequently took her to presenting her own talent search show, ‘291 Club’ which aired on both ITV and Channel 4.
Further success followed with an A&R Manager appointment at EMI records, giving her the distinction of being the first woman to hold that position in the UK.
The story does not end there, as Elayne went on to present Top of the Pops and join B Sky B for some of their landmark shows including “Rage,” “Global Jukebox,” and the “Chart Show.”
She was headhunted by Choice FM for their 9pm till 11pm Show.
Latterly she spent 10 years presenting various shows on Colourful Radio and more recently, she presented on Grenada's TSOG and West London based Beat London Radio 103.6FM.
Elayne’s career does not end there, as it is an accomplished fact that she is a fine hostess and very good deejay in the more prestigious events. Elayne has honed her talents and stands above all her peers as a true trailblazer and gamechanger.
“I am so happy to be relaunching 291 Club again with my friends and colleagues Miles Crawford and Tony Gulley. The original 291 Club saw artistes like Eternal, Skunk Anansi, Terry Alderton to name but a few who all graced the stage as contestants on the original 291 Club before they became household names. I am looking forward to our team unearthing some more promising talent”.
Miles Crawford - www.milescrawford.co.uk
Miles career has encompassed the roles of Professional Comedian, Actor, Television and Radio Presenter, TV Warm Up man, Corporate and Charity Event Organiser and Comedy Entertainment Business Entrepreneur.
Alongside liaising with a wide range of performers and agents to provide comedy shows to public venues, Miles established and developed strong business relationships at director level with many corporate clients and provided the full range of event planning services, from conception to delivery.
Miles is the founder of the variety organisation Cabarave (www.cabarave.co.uk) which fused the rave scene in the early 1990’s with the cabaret scene at that time. Thus inventing the name Cabarave. Every Tuesday night Miles would set up and run this unique variety club without fail presenting a variety of acts from across the entertainment spectrum. It was also their mission to develop and nurture new talent, some of which are now household names today.
He is still very active today running a Comedy Entertainment business called Joke Club Comedy Clubs which he has built up from scratch where he provides comedy to over 100+ venues around the UK (www.jokeclubcomedyclubs.co.uk).
He also currently presents a weekly live radio show on LSR - London Soul Radio The Soul Of London playing classic soul, r&b but specialising in smooth jazz.
Miles presenting includes…
Inside Out – BBC1 (South East Region)
The Big L – Radio Presenter
The Knowledge – Corporate DVD & Voice Over
Drumbeat – award winning series (ITV)
Nightlife – factual entertainment (2 series for ITV)
Warehouse – a showcase for new talent (3 series for ITV)
The National Lottery – roving reporter (BBC)
Super Sunday – London Mayor Elections (ITV)
Schofield’s Quest – reporter, prime-time series (BBC)
1st Night – film reviewer (Channel 4)
Comedy Café – contributor, comedy series (Living)
The Look – contributor, magazine series (Living)
Night Fever – panellist, karaoke series (five)
Stand Up Live – comic and performer(Sky)
291 Club - CH4 – presenter
All You Need is Love – comedy sketch show (ITV)
Glam Detectives – comedy drama series (Channel 4)
LSR - London Soul Radio The Soul of London - Radio Presenter
“291 Club rebirth. This for me is a dream come true. Here’s another chance for you to decide the winners and the losers. Can’t wait!!”.
Tony Gulley is a highly regarded stage manager within the theatre industry. His theatre roots lie within the Hackney Empire where he worked backstage for many years.
Tony has also been head hunted to work at most of the major festivals around the UK and frequents the Glastonbury festival every year.
Tony is very much a lover of music and currently supports the charity ‘Love Music Hate Racism’
Our music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix. It unites us and gives us strength, and offers a vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society. Racism seeks only to divide and weaken us. Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) was set up in 2002 in response to rising levels of racism and electoral successes for the British National Party (BNP).
Tony is remembered for his many costumes and antics on the original series of the 291 Club as The Sandman.
“The relaunch of 291 Club is right on time. I wish all our future contestants the very best and to be their best. Let the show begin. I’m taking no prisoners. As always you can expect the unexpected when The Sandman appears on the stage”.
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