Radio icon Zane Lowe has presented his final two hours on his outrageously longstanding and successful evening slot on BBC Radio 1.

The Auckland native has been making waves and exposing the world to the newest bands and artists since 2002 when he took over as the evening host. He’s exposed the music of The Arctic Monkeys, Gnarls Barkley, James Blake, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jamie T, and Kanye West just to name a few, all of whom appeared in his final playlist.

The brilliant two hours of broadcasting consisted of Lowe and his team (consisting of current and ex producers, and BBC1 co-workers) picking the songs that stood out in the 12 years since his first BBC Radio 1 broadcast.

Lowe will leave his role of evenings host to move to Apple where his new role has not been specified yet, and current BBC 1 host Annie Mac will be filling his big shoes starting next week. You can stream his final broadcast here.

Zane Lowe’s powerful presenting style and musical insight will be a missed part of the radio landscape, but surely this won’t be the last we hear of him.

He played this – the cherry on the cake: