Nicky Horne Biography
It was the famous Emperor Rosko of Radio One fame that first spotted the potential in a young Nicky Horne. Rosko met Nicky whilst he was hanging around Radio One star-spotting. He took a liking to Nicky and two weeks later he became his personal assistant and joined him as a roadie for the famous 'Rosko Roadshow'. Instead of hanging around outside Radio One, Nicky was now starting to spend time inside and very quickly became the youngest presenter to broadcast on the network learning his craft from Rosko.
Nicky was a regular interviewer for the Radio 1 pop magazine show 'Scene and Heard' but supplemented his wages by joining a radio station in a biscuit factory! United Biscuits Network was a closed circuit radio station that covered all of the factories in their empire, and it was from here Nicky went to Capital Radio, soon to become the first music commercial station in the UK. Nicky was given the rock show 'Your Mother Wouldn't Like It' for 13 award winning years.
'Little Nicky Horne' as the late Kenny Everett dubbed him, is really part of radio folklore, having presented regular radio shows on Capital, Virgin, Jazz, Magic, TalkSport, and Classic FM. In fact, Nicky has the unique honour of being the only presenter to have had regular shows on every single national commercial station as well as BBC Radio 1 & 2.
Nicky's TV work is just as diverse and just as impressive. He was for four years the face of 'American Football' on Channel 4. In fact he is fondly remembered for introducing the sport to the UK as he anchored Britain’s first ever coverage of American Football, with his show regularly pulling in 4 millions viewers per episode. Nicky has also presented many other sports programmes, including 'ATP Tennis Worldwide' & 'NBA Live' on Sky Sports, and 'Indycar' on ITV.
Music has obviously also been a feature of his TV career. Highlights include 'Rock Steady' and 'EARSAY', which he devised and presented for Channel 4. Nicky also recently diversified into artist management and was for 18 "fascinating" months the manager of 70’s icon Mike Oldfield.
Over the years Nicky has earned a reputation as a bonafide legendary rock DJ, having met and interviewed just about everyone on the rock planet and being able to boast that he has spent a few hours aboard Led Zeppelin's private plane with the band. Other interview highlights include John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson and Elton John to name just a few! It is fair to say Nicky has a few stories to tell!