Steve Hart – the host of Just Jazz
Steve Hart is the host of the Just Jazz radio show that’s broadcast by dozens of FM, DAB, and digital stations worldwide.
Each show features the cream of the week’s new jazz releases, a little jazz funk, some old faves (post 1980s), listener requests, and a little chat.
The former professional DJ started out on the mobile circuit in the 1980s and within a few years landed his first residency at a top nightclub in Southend (UK).
He went on to DJ at leading venues across Essex, London, and Kent, including the iconic Nero’s 2000 in Ramsgate; Woody’s, Sheerness; and in Southend – Electric Blue, Zhivago’s, The Zero 6, High Society; Benfleet’s The Sam Lords, numerous ‘raves’, and London’s The Ritz, as well as countless other pubs and clubs…
He kept the dance floors filled with his choice of soul, house, garage, and EDM and his fun half-hour set is legendary! Steve had a short stint at stand-up (until he was asked to sit down) and was once seen on Channel 4 TV (as the interference).
Steve volunteered at Southend Hospital Radio for 10 years, hosted breakfast at Radio Basildon, and was a Radio Top Shop favourite, hosting daily shows for five years (see below) as well as managing one of the company’s stations in Essex.
He eventually segued into a career as a news reporter – a job that led to work at BBC Essex and rival commercial station Essex Radio – in addition to working across Europe for an international corporation and ending up in New Zealand.
Following years as a print and online journalist, the advent of podcasting saw Steve back behind the mic to front numerous specialist news-based podcasts before mixing in music and launching an 80s dance music show in 2013.
Before Just Jazz there was the Steve Hart Radio Show (news and documentary). Then came the Cool Nights show which ran for three years – starting out as a news and music show, it morphed into a jazz programme and prompted the show’s name change in 2020.
Radio Top Shop
Radio Top Shop was a closed-circuit ‘radio’ service heard in various Top Shop / Top Man fashion stores in the UK during the 1980s and 90s.
Originally the ‘stations’ only featured in the company’s biggest stores, and thankfully Steve lived near one of these. The lucky shops were fitted out with studio gear and the broadcast would only be heard within that particular store.
However, the exposure, and the opportunity of hosting shows to thousands of shoppers helped sharpen up plenty of presenters including Paul McKenna, Steve Collins, Marty Ross, Paul Bright, and others.
Years after Steve had moved on, Radio Top Shop adopted a centralised streaming service across all the stores. However, Top Shop is no more, having been closed down in 2019. However, thanks to internet streaming, instore radio stations have started to surface again… (if you need help setting one up, then drop me a line).