'Kiss The Radio' gets TXT, Stray Kids as hosts as YoungK goes for military service
Idols hosting radio shows has been a hoary K-pop tradition. With the panel of hosts changing ever so often, fans have much to get excited about radio shows and their hosts. Day 6's Young K started exploring his prospects of being a full-time radio host in the year 2020 when he teamed up with GOT7's Youngjae to host popular MBC show 'Idol Radio.'
Young K hosted the show from May to September 2020. The show is currently being hosted by Monsta X members Jooheon and Hyungwon. Starting November of 2020, Young K moved on to hosting another radio show under KBS network and made fans swoon over his alluring voice. Young K became the host of KBS' late-night radio show 'Kiss the Radio.'
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Young K enlists in the military
On August 16, 2021, Young K announced that he was ready to enlist as part of his mandatory military service. Young K will enlist on October 12, 2021. As part of his farewell gift to fans, Young K released his first solo mini-album, 'Eternal', and he released the finely-calibrated title track, 'Guard You', as a message to fans that he is ready to keep them safe with his music when he is away.
Other than his music endeavors with Day 6, Young K will have to put an end to all his solo activities outside of the group. On October 5, it was announced that Young K will record his last episode as the host of 'Kiss the Radio' on October 10 and move away from the show. After having a successful show over the past year, the show has been loved by young listeners as it ranked first in the overall audience rating from teenagers.
New Hosts for 'Kiss the Radio'
'Kiss the Radio' began broadcasting in the year 2004 with singer-rapper Danny Ahn of the first-generation boy band g.o.d as its first host. As a radio show which mainly focuses on K-pop, the hosts have mostly been singers from popular idol groups. From the years 2006 to 2016, various members of Super Junior hosted the show - known as "Sukira", they collectively were the longest-running hosts.
After Young K leaves to enlist into the military, he passes the baton to young idols from fourth-generation K-pop groups to entertain young listeners. It was announced that from October 11 onwards, the show will be hosted by special DJs for the three remaining weeks of the month. Stray Kids' Seungmin will host the show from October 11 to October 15. Kino from Pentagon will then follow suit and host the show on October 16 and 17. Golden Child's Joochan will be the third fourth-gen idol to host 'Kiss the Radio' from October 18 to 24.
Following these three idols, TXT's Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Hueningkai will take turns hosting 'Kiss the Radio' from October 25 to 31. The show is available for Korean residents as it airs on KBS Cool FM every day at 10 pm KST (9 am ET).