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Mary Anne Hobbs (born 16th May 1964 in Preston, Lancashire, England) is an English DJ and music journalist from Garstang, Lancashire. She is also featured on Men&Motors where she hosts “Full Throttle Famous”.

In the 1980s, as a teenager, she lived and worked with the hard rock band Heretic before becoming, aged 19, a journalist for Sounds Magazine[1]. She later went to work for the NME before going on to help found Loaded Magazine. Hobbs got her break in radio at BBC GLR, working alongside Mark Lamarr.

She then worked at XFM before being headhunted by BBC Radio 1 after a confrontational interview on XFM with Radio 1’s Trevor Dann[2]. She shot a TV series about global biker culture ‘Mary Anne’s Bikes’ in Japan, America, Russia, India, and Europe for BBC Choice & BBC World in 2003, and presented the World Superbikes series 2005 for British Eurosport. She also compèred the Leeds Festival between 1999 and 2003.

A fan of rock, metal (and with a love of motorbikes) from an early age, she fronted the Radio 1 Rock Show and the experimental / electronic Breezeblock on BBC Radio 1 for fourteen years. In September 2006 the Breezeblock name was dropped for the title ‘Experimental’, but the show retained the name of its host in the title. Most recently, Hobbs has been a notable champion of the dubstep and grime genres. Her 2 hour special ‘Dubstep Warz’ on BBC Radio 1 in January 2006 is widely regarded as the show that broke the dubstep sound globally and consequently she has become viewed by many on the Dubstep scene as an almost maternal figure.

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