AWARD-WINNING presenting duo Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom received honorary doctorates for their “outstanding” services to broadcasting.
The pair, who present a daily morning show on Kiss FM, were presented with the distinction of an Honorary Doctor of Arts at the University of Bedfordshire today (July 19).
On Instagram, Melvin shared the exciting news with a photo of a letter from the University of Bedfordshire – his and Haywood-Williams’ alma mater.
“Today I’m feeling extremely blessed and proud as today my brother @Rickiehw and I will be presented the distinction of an Honorary Doctor of Arts in relation to our outstanding services to broadcasting.
“We will be presented with this award later today at The University of Bedfordshire – our former university where our journey all began.”
The duo, who also present their own game show, Bang on the Money on ITV, have been dubbed the ‘Ant and Dec of the airwaves’.
The pair first met at university and shared accommodation throughout their studies.
Talking to The Voice back in 2014, Odoom said: “Rickie and I went to university and studied for a degree in media and radio. There are very few people who actually study something and go on to do what they want to do. We’re still here doing this and we love it. It’s a big deal for us.”
Rickie agreed: “Being able to say you’re on radio and on TV simultaneously is a big deal. When you first start out, that’s what you hope for, that’s what you want and we’ve been able to do that.”