Radio station’s seven year itch sets airwaves alight

(This article was originally published as a press release in 2006.)

96.4 BRMB – Birmingham’s leading radio station – is matching up two complete strangers to marry each other live on air, in a repeat of radio’s most infamous and well-known event.  Seven years on from the original, “Two Strangers and a Wedding 2” was launched last week and is already taking Birmingham by storm.

Big Brum Breakfast presenters Elliot Webb and Caroline Martin will be hosting the event.  Elliott, who presented the original Two Strangers and a Wedding competition in 1999, says:

“Two Strangers and a Wedding is off the scale this time around.  We’ve already had over 250 entrants in barely five days. People are talking about it everywhere you go!”

Caroline added: “It’s been seven years since we last did this and it’s never gone away – we got an ‘itch’ to do it again. I know it’s a subject that matters to our listeners.  We’ll find the right couple and give them the best possible start to married life!”

BRMB has exclusively told the Birmingham Mail that auditions will be held this weekend. At the Jury’s Inn and City Inn hotels, BRMB’s panel of expert judges will select four grooms and four brides.  Over the next few weeks, BRMB’s listeners will have the ultimate choice in their hands, and will vote for the final couple.  The lucky pair will only set eyes on each other at the altar, but will win a free honeymoon, a luxury apartment and car for a year, and everything to make their married life complete.

In 1999, the first Two Strangers and a Wedding led to worldwide publicity. Greg Cordell from Tamworth and Carla Germaine from Sutton Coldfield were married live on air, having never met before.

BRMB has already attracted the attention of church leaders, with Birmingham Archdeacon Hayward Osborne and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, expressing their unease.  The Archdeacon refuted BRMB’s claims about the state of marriage, while the Archbishop said that Two Strangers and a Wedding 2 “should not be done to boost radio audiences.”

A BRMB spokesman said: “Two Strangers and a Wedding pre-dated Big Brother, and was the UK’s first ever reality media event.  This is a serious promotion of marriage, and we’ll be taking the pressure off by giving our newlyweds a ‘married lifestyle’ from day one.  Marriage is under tremendous pressure in this country, and nowhere more so than the Church – we’re actually helping to improve the statistics!”

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