- Radio presenter
UK-based Akshay Patel is an award-winning radio presenter who has earned a huge fan base over his 20-year career. Patel’s popularity can be credited to his weekly radio show on Sabras Radio where he has grabbed the attention of thousands of people.
Patel has always had a passion for the arts, completing a degree in Media Production at Luton University before approaching Sabras Radio in his hometown of Leicester for a job opportunity. Little did he know it would become the highlight of his career.
With no formal experience or training in broadcasting, Patel’s passion seemed to get him ahead of the game quickly. When he approached them, the station had been revamping its format, offering Patel a chance to put together a new show targeting Asian youth.
With dedication and effort, Patel put together a proposal; his ideas were approved and eventually launched in October 1999. To say listeners fell in love is an understatement.
His show titled “The Desi Mashup” has been around for 20 years since. The show sheds light on the Asian music industry, inviting artists to discuss their latest releases and journey in music. Some artists include Rishi Rich, Jay Sean, Panjabi MC, to name a few. The show has also attracted a number of Bollywood stars such as Akshay Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan.
Patel has received many accolades throughout his career. He snagged the Best Male Radio Presenter for 3 consecutive years (2017 – 2019) at the Leicester Asian Glitz Awards. Over the years, he’s been hosting the annual Asian Mela in Leicester as well as other events and concerts. He believes in giving back to the community and continuously helps raise funds for various charities and causes.