Ray Cokes (born Raymond Christopher Cokes on 24 February 1958 on the
Isle of Wight) is an English television presenter.
1.1 Early life
1.2 MTV's Most Wanted
1.3 After MTV
3 External links
His father was an officer in the Royal Navy, who was stationed at
various navy bases around the world. At age 15 they permanently moved
back to Britain. At age 20 he had become a punk and moved to Belgium,
where he took on various jobs, including being a DJ in a club and on a
local radio station. This led to a job as a music presenter on Belgian
national TV channel
RTBF in 1982, where he presented the show Rox Box
(in French) which featured alternative music videos and live studio
His success led to additional music video shows on Sky Channel and
Music Box. When
MTV Europe launched in 1987 he became a Video Jockey
there. Arguably his most popular programme was Cokes and Vanthilt,
with co-presenter Marcel Vanthilt.
MTV's Most Wanted
Between 1992 and 1995, Cokes hosted MTV Europe's cult live television
series MTV's Most Wanted, an award-winning daily show which soon
became the most popular one on
MTV Europe and gave a break to
presenters such as Davina McCall. After it ended in 1995, Cokes got a
weekly 90-minute show X-Ray Vision which was not as successful. He
MTV Europe in 1996.
In 1994, Cokes released a single titled "Simply Sexy!" under the
Ray Cokes & the Sex Gods featuring Al Agami, the song's title
referring to one of the catchphrases frequently used in Most Wanted.
Cokes also presented Channel Four's hit 1990s TV show Wanted.
Cokes' subsequent work includes presenting En Direct de from 2005 to
2009, broadcast on the French television station France 4.
Cokes also worked as the compère for the White Concert, a live
concert recorded in Horsens, Denmark, in November 2008 due to the
40-year jubilee of the Beatles' eponymous White Album.
In late 2008 he moved to
Berlin and in 2009 to Antwerp, Belgium,
declaring that he would like to settle there permanently.
During the summer of 2009, Cokes and Jean Blaute co-hosted Tournée
Générale, a 10-part exploration of
Belgian beer around the world
from Sputnik media, on Flemish channel Canvas. A second 10-part
series was aired in 2011 and a third in 2013 on the Belgian channel
In September 2011, Cokes hosted the Sunday afternoon show Cokes
calling on Classic 21, one of the radio stations of the Belgian
From 2012 to 2014, he was one of the three judges in the first
Belgium's Got Talent.
In February 2014, he hosted the Swedish Grammy awards.
In October 2014, he released his autobiography, My Most Wanted Life -
On-Screen, Off-Screen and In-Between, available in German and English
^ "Ray+Cokes". Everything2. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
Ray Cokes & Sex Gods, The – Simply Sexy!". Discogs. Retrieved
15 October 2011.
^ "En Direct de - France 4" (in French). France4. Archived from the
original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2008.
^ Claeys, Jan (2 June 2010). "Cokes wil Belg worden" [Cokes wants to
become Belgian]. De Standaard (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 August 2016.
(Subscription required (help)).
^ Canvas Tournée Générale
Classic 21 Cokes Calling
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