Our founder Jez Nelson receives an MBE

We’re delighted to announce that our Founder and Executive Chairman, Jez Nelson, has been awarded the MBE for services to radio.

Jez’s career has spanned the full range of developments in radio and audio over the past 35 years. With a passion for jazz and soul, Jez was heavily involved in the London pirate radio scene of the 1980s. He then secured a presenting slot on the fledgling Jazz FM and called his show, Somethin’ Else after the legendary Cannoball Adderly album. Jazz FM soon ran into business problems and when Jez was made redundant, he used his £500 redundancy cheque to set up our company in 1991.

Since then we have become the UK’s biggest independent audio producers and Jez has been at the forefront of the industry both through the growth of Somethin’ Else and his advocacy for independent production. Through Audio UK (formerly RIG), Jez has played a key role in lobbying the BBC and Government on behalf of all independent audio producers. His passion for jazz has never dimmed and alongside running Somethin’ Else, Jez has continued to be a huge evangelist for the genre. For 18 years, he presented Jazz on 3 on Radio 3 and more recently he has returned home to Jazz FM and once again hosts his show “Somethin’ Else”.

As an entrepreneur, radio presenter, producer and industry leader, Jez’s passion for radio and audio is clearly visible.

Everyone at Somethin’ Else would like to congratulate Jez on this significant honour.

Jez said:

“When I was 14 I had two dodgy, old belt-driven decks linked up with a cassette player and a mic. I spent weeks playing at being on the radio. Forty plus years on I’m still basically doing the same thing. Radio has been a great passion of my life – both personally and professionally. So to receive recognition for a life spent in radio and audio is a special thing. I also see this as recognition for what Somethin’ Else has done in radio, and only a small part of that is down to me. I’m lucky to love what I do for a living and I really love radio”.