I grew up with a love of radio. I’m fascinated by the connection between presenter and listener, the chance discovery of something new and the power of speech.
As a teenager, I presented a weekly show on Hospital Radio Derwentside, at Shotley Bridge Hospital near Consett. I was also briefly involved in Sunderland’s community station, Wear FM, then joined Leeds Student Radio (LSR FM) when at university.
I made a few appearances, as a computer games pundit, on Tyne-Tees’ Saturday morning kids’ show Gimme 5. For my year’s work placement from university I worked at what is now God TV.
The Wolverhampton Politics Show – WCR FM
From June 2007 until June 2009, I presented the Wolverhampton Politics Show on Wolverhampton’s WCR FM. I was joined by different guests each week, often local councillors, and we covered everything from the practical to the philosophical. The show briefly expanded into a longer version, called The Wolverhampton Radiophonic Institute.
Lugradio – Linux podcast
LugRadio was probably the most listened to Linux podcast of its time, with between 15,000 and 20,000 downloads each fortnight and a surprisingly vibrant community. Jono Bacon and I had the idea back in 2002, and four of us finally recorded the first show in February 2004. I left the show in May 2007 to make time for other projects.
In 2004, I interviewed the partially anonymous organiser of Birmingham’s flashmob and discovered its altruistic purpose.
Mark Jeavons – Wolverhampton film maker
I interviewed Mark Jeavons, a film maker from Wolverhampton, shortly after his first feature film was shown at Cannes.