My radio career started in 1985 after 8 years of club DJing in London at such clubs as the Paradise Garage in Lewisham, South London and the Bank night club in Chelsea. My first radio show was at Radio Thamesmead in South East London (Now time FM) where I presented many different shows from weekday breakfast and the midday slot to the late night show. I was also involved in several outside broadcasts from such venues as the London marathon (Studio facilities from a mobile studio at the start line) and the Danson Show in Welling which attracts some 30,000 visitors over a weekend in the summer. After 2 years at RTM, I defected to GCRM (Greenwich Community Radio Meridian) where I presented and produced a soul music show. This also involved outside broadcasts on special event AM licence transmissions, the most memorable from the London Marathon again but this time from a location next to the Cutty Sark ship, a famous tourist attraction on the bank of the river Thames.
It was the mid to late 1980`s when I decided to approach Londons Biggest and most successful Pirate Radio Station LWR 92.5 FM which had been transmitting since 1980 to the whole of greater London in crystal clear FM stereo from secret studios safe from potential raids from the DTI by a clever infra red link. This involved siting the transmitter on a London Tower block with a uni-directional die pole antenna and creating a low level (hard to detect) signal link to the studio around half a mile away. All clever stuff. Although a pirate, LWR played non stop 24/7 soul music to a potential audience of millions within a 30 mile radius of central London. I remember one sunday driving through Southend-on-sea in Essex, turning on my car radio and hearing LWR beaming out from their Crystal Palace studios around 40 miles away ! I worked alongside legendary Radio 1 DJ`s Tim Westwood and Pete Tong who were both regulars on the station at that early stage in their careers. The response we got from listeners with our on-air promotions for our soul "all dayer" events was just amazing. I remember appearing live on stage at the LWR soul all dayer at Camden Palace where a whopping 4000 people turned out, a testiment to our huge listenership back then.
HEAR ONE OF MY SUNDAY LUNCHTIME LWR SHOWS FROM 1986 HERE
I was presenting at LWR for some time in the late 80`s until I joined Joy Radio, ( www.joyradio.co.uk ) a rival FM pirate station, also with a huge transmission area beaming out across London from their Crystal Palace studio. The weekend breakfast show was great and I enjoyed every minute of my time there. Time to interview some celebrities ! Off I went to the London Weekend Television studios on the South Bank to do a pre-recorded interview with the top page 3 girl of that era, Samantha Fox. The wife was not too happy but I had a great day ! Other interviews followed including one with John Sachs, Capital Radio`s top presenter of the 1980`s and son of Actor Andrew Sachs, Manuel from Fawlty Towers which took place at the Capital studios in Euston, Central London.
During the 1990`s more freelance radio work and two TV appearances, one on Channel 4`s "Big Breakfast" with Mark Little and a chance to share the green room with Icelandic Pop singer "Bjork" which went out live from the lock house studios in Bow, East London. In 2001, I appeared in the Channel 5 programme "ID" which at the time pulled in the biggest audience for a factual show since the station went on air.
In the year 2000 I worked for Virgin boss Richard Branson at his millennium party held at his country estate in Kidlington, Oxfordshire attended by 30,000 guests over a weekend.
2004 and it was off to the Mediterannean where I had landed a job DJing in Paphos Cyprus in the famous "Bar Street" at Flanagans Club 9pm to 2am. Not hard work as I shared the nights entertainment with a live band from Ireland "Raise the roof", Just to help turn me quickly into a zombie, I agreed to pop next door to "Starsky and Hutch" , one of the biggest clubs in Paphos and do another DJ set from 2am to 5am. This went on 6 nights a week for the whole of the 2004 summer season. During this time
I also appeared as a co-presenter on Radio Cosmos, the local FM station for western Cyprus in Paphos, on the 6pm - 8pm show.
The only English speaking show on this greek language music station to cater for the thousands of English tourists visiting the island.
Me in the brand new Bluebull studio on the weekend breakfast show
2006 and I heard that in collaboration with BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) there was a new AM radio station going on-air in west Norfolk from studios at RAF Marham. I was soon in the Bluebull Radio studio presenting the weekend breakfast show, made easy by a great producer "Fatal" ( Fat Al !). 2006 saw another TV appearance in the ITV drama "Kingdom" with Stephen Fry.
In the studio at Fen Radio 107.5 FM, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
By October 2006 I was on the look out for another FM slot and it came after sending my demo tape into the programme controller at Fen Radio 107.5 FM with studios in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. A rock station looking for a weekend presenter 1pm - 6pm and I spent a great year there on the areas most listened to commercial radio station (Confirmed by RAJAR figures).
DOWNLOAD LINKS FROM A LIVE FEN RADIO SHOW IN 2007 HERE
Me on the air at KLFM 96.7 FM, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
During 2007 I was soon a regular voice on the other 2 stations owned by the UKRD group, Star Radio Cambridge where I covered several drivetime shows and Norfolks biggest commercial station KLFM 96.7 FM. It was KLFM who really kept me busy, first giving me the overnights 5 nights a week (voice tracked) and then onto "late night love songs" all week 10pm - 1am (voice tracked) and finally live on weekend breakfast, sunday afternoons, Weekday midday show (10am - 3pm) cover and drivetime (3pm - 7pm) cover. Also covered 7pm - 10pm so all in all I covered every show in the 24 hour cycle except weekday breakfast !
More on-air presenter work at KLFM 96.7 Norfolk during the summer of 2009 along with an assignment working with singer John Barrowman on his BBC1 TV series "Tonights the night" on a location shoot in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. During 2010 I worked freelance for BBC Norfolk in Norwich providing off-air sound sound services for a live event at the Forum.
2009 at an event in Essex with BBC Fame Academy Judge and 80s soul singer David Grant and 2016 working at a Heart Radio public road show.
I presented regular weekly drivetime shows on Wayland Radio 107.3FM broadcasting to the areas of Watton, Swaffham and East Dereham in Norfolk From January to August 2011. The station closed in august 2011 due to lack of funds.
With over 30 years of radio presenting behind me, I have a wealth of experience including Commercial voice over work and I am fully experienced in most studio playout systems including ENCO, RCS. SIMIAN and MYRIAD.
In the Wayland Radio studio during my drivetime show.
I AM CURRENTLY SELF PRODUCING AND PRESENTING A SPECIALIST JAZZ FUNK AND SOUL SHOW WHCH IS NETWORKED TO 70+ STATIONS IN 14 COUNTRIES ONLINE, DAB DIGITAL AND FM
LISTEN TO MY SHOWS ON MIXCLOUD HERE
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