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Juice runs dry for DJ told he’s not edgy enough
Breakfast will never be the same again when one of Brighton's DJs leaves the airwaves next week.
Comedian Terry Garoghan will present his last breakfast show on Juice 107.2 on September 15 after 12 months at the helm.
The 52-year-old's departure has not been through choice.
Mr Garoghan, from Saltdean, was told last Friday his contract would not be renewed.
The DJ said he was mystified by the decision. He said he was told by bosses he was not edgy enough but added he could not have been as "rude and in your face" as he had been on his latenight show on Southern FM because of his family audience.
He said: "As a born-and-bred Brightonian it has been an extra special privilege to wake up my home town. It is with sadness that I am leaving.
"In radio it is very hard to establish an awareness of any show, especially a breakfast show, in such a short time. I am not happy at leaving a job half done and I am disappointed that Juice have given me no good reason as to why they do not want me to continue.
"My Last Bus To Whitehawk show on Southern FM was late at night and carried an X certificate. The Juice management clearly wanted me to carry on from where I left off as they have suggested to me my breakfast show has not been as in-your-face as they had expected.
"As a father of a five-year-old I am absolutely sure that parents do not want their kids exposed to anything over breakfast that walks the line of bad taste. Nor, I would assume, would Juice's advertisers and sponsors.
"Juice is Brighton's local station. It should be broadcasting to the whole of Brighton and not just the trendy centre of the city - this means families in Patcham, Woodingdean, Moulsecoomb - the suburbs.
"Brighton should have a local radio station that reflects its different faces and is not just geared towards clubbers and students. Local radio has a vital part to play in the community and I hope that it won't be too long before the city has the radio station it deserves."
Mr Garoghan's one-man show, Brighton The Musical, now in its 11th year, will return to the Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, in March.
He is also compering the Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2006 tomorrow night.
The Argus made several attempts to contact Juice 107.2 yesterday but no one at the station was available for comment.