Which show(s) do you host?
I present the Country & Folk Show on Monday evenings 8pm-10pm and The Culture Show with Brian Spooner on Thursday evenings 8pm-10pm (repeated Sundays 10am-12noon). The shows are very different, one is music based whilst the other aims to celebrate and encourage participation in Warrington’s arts, culture and heritage scene.
What is your background?
I’ve always had a love of music and I especially like songs with strong, intelligent lyrics – hence my love of country and folk music (what do you mean, have I never heard Cotton Eye Joe!?) Presenting wise, I’m actually quite shy – or at least I was until I reached my 40s when I suddenly decided life’s too short and started to push myself a bit more which eventually led to me joining Radio Warrington.
Why is music your passion?
Music has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and also been there when I’ve celebrated the highs. One of my favourite parts of the Culture Show is when we ask our guests to tell us the stories behind some of their favourite songs as we get to learn so much about them. Everyone has a story to tell and I’ve met some wonderful, fascinating people on the shows I present. I also love the buzz of producing and presenting a show – the hours literally fly by. So in a nutshell it’s the music and the people!
Why Radio Warrington?
It was divine intervention! During an interview with the late Michael Murphy (the then secretary of Warrington Arts Council) in 2018, our station manager Steve Lewis asked him if he knew anyone who might be interested in presenting a new Arts & Culture Show. For some unknown reason Michael, who I’d known only briefly, put my name forward. Before I knew it Brian Spooner and I were sat opposite each other presenting the Culture Show. I later discovered Michael was a retired priest and I often wonder if he’d picked up on some vibes from above as deep down I’d always wanted to give it go!
Tell us something interesting about you?
I once won a dancing competition at a nightclub in Southport without entering it! The DJ, who was judging the real entrants, saw me out of the corner of his eye and couldn’t stop laughing as I reminded him of a seal (the marine mammal, not the singer).