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    Our Presenters

    Enjoy Radio is made possible by our dedicated team of volunteer presenters. Our presenters offer a diverse range of shows, ensuring that you always find something fresh when you visit our station. Enjoy Radio truly has something for everyone.

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    I’m a bus driver, wedding photographer, DJ and a radio presenter. My love of music led me to doing community radio, which is why we are here now. I’m from Workington but now living in Horwich near Bolton. I have 2 children (1 of each) and 9 grandchildren, I’ve appeared on TV’s The Weakest Link and The Chase.

    andymayo

    Hi there Welcome to my Andy Mayo's Late, Late Show which airs live every Wednesday night from 10:00pm through to Midnight. My Show captures the fantastic live Music scene, TV & Radio Shows of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s such as The Old Grey Whistle Test, The John Peel Show & The Tube With a late night theme to my Show I hope to end your day with some chilled nostalgia & some new sounds in the mix.

    brad

    I’m a local entertainer and small business owner. I started out in the early 90’s DJ-ing at parties and pubs around Bristol and the south west moving onto doing karaoke. I then took a big jump to solely entertain people in local bars. The first lockdown hit everyone hard and to help out with keeping peoples mental well-being I started doing live feeds and singing once a week via Facebook. This led me striking up a friendship with Alan Straughton who asked me to be a guest host on his show, now we have a show together and the rest what they say is history.

    erika

    Hi, I’m Erika and I am a tarot reader. Originally from Orpington in Kent, I am now enjoying living in Bolton.

    I have always loved music and was brought up listening to a broad selection of genres which I am to incorporate into my playlists. I used to play drums back in the day! Music is such an important part of our everyday lives; it can bring back long forgotten memories and emotions, can uplift you, can bring you down, and everything in between.

    So, how does Tarot fit with all this? Well, part of my show on Sundays is giving live readings to people on air. I try and help people to look at their options, explore the issues around a question or a problem, or look at what could happen next, if all is going to plan. Tarot can add a perspective to a dilemma that you may not have considered before. I am a believer that context is key, especially for the more specific issues and bigger questions that dominate our day-to-day lives. There is also the positive aspect; sometimes we all need a reminder that the bad times are not forever, and this too shall pass!

    I don’t believe in witchcraft or magic, and I don’t believe that everything is already mapped out. I cannot predict the future, and if anyone says that they can, I would be sceptical. I do believe in people. I believe people create their own magic in their everyday lives, and music is very much a part of that everyday magic.

    shaunkelly

    I’m Shaun Kelly, an avid music collector, and gig-goer since the 60's. My first gig was 'Rory Storm and The Hurricanes' (incl. a pre-Beatles Ringo!) and most recently, Jeff Beck, a few weeks before his untimely death last year.

    Essentially I've always been fairly private but during Lockdown felt the need to really challenge myself somehow. An opportunity arose when a new community radio station was being set up here in West Cumbria and my wife suggested I try for a presenter slot. I'm so glad I did.

    Although it was one of the scariest things I've ever done. (I'm no natural performer!) I loved every minute and it was such a buzz to share my musical passions and hopefully reintroduce people not only to familiar material but also great music that is less well known and occasionally, 'challenging'.


    Thanks to Enjoy Radio, I now have another chance (after a 2 year break) to hit the airwaves again. So I will be presenting a weekly show "Strange Brew" every Wednesday evening.


    The music I play will be diverse, with many 'Classics and Curveballs' coming from my own musical collections, and true to the show's title will be a multi-genre mix of Electronica, Dance, Rock, Blues, World, Ambient, Trance, Indie, Jazz, Fusion, Americana, Neo-classical, and just about anything else I believe is worth a listen.

    Finally, when reading the other presenter bios, I see I'm in esteemed company with a shed load of experienced DJs, so hopefully I can do you and all the listeners proud.

    Anyway enough about me ....it's all about the Music.

    ian

    It all started in Whitehaven in 1969 where I have lived most of my life, except for a brief 8 years in Preston after meeting my husband Nav. I had vowed never to come back to Whitehaven, but life, as ever threw a curved ball. After a chance conversation with an old friend our lives changed forever when we returned to Whitehaven and bought The Mansion Guesthouse in 2015.

    I came to Enjoy Radio after Al Straughton stayed with us in his capacity as a wedding photographer. He visited again with Jean, when they both did their Saturday evening shows from The Kinloch Bar. This is when Al invited me to be a presenter and didn’t stop asking until I said yes.

    My taste in music is a broad church, anything from Barbara Streisand to Black Sabbath and everything in between which I hope shows though on the Sunday Session, though I do like to keep it laid back on Sundays. Have a listen and get in touch!

    jeanstraugton

    Hello there My name is Jean Straughton and I simply love presenting my shows here on Enjoy Radio.

    I can’t say how this came to be, other than I was asked if I’d like to have a go at presenting my own show by my lovely Whacky “I’ll try anything once” Husband Alan Straughton who started Enjoy Radio with his friend James Cowan. I really couldn’t come up with a reason not to.. as I don’t even have to leave the house.

    I love having music in my life and there’s something special about listening to a track that evokes a memory, or lifts you up, or showcases an artist with a great talent.. and of course I get to just sit and get lost in the music for three hours every week.. now that’s what I call enjoyment.

    john

    Hello, I’m John Hastings, I’m 48 and live in Workington in Cumbria.

    Before joining Enjoy Radio, I have worked on other community radio stations in Workington, Whitehaven, Carlisle and on Lakes College Radio. I have a wide and varied taste in music, and love sharing my passion of music with the listeners of Enjoy Radio.

    I was the loosing finalist on Channel 4’s “Countdown” in 2000, and completed 6 rounds against Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link in 2008.

    I am a keen Eurovision fan, enjoy sport and write my own poetry.

    gav

    I'm Gav, My music journey started when I was 12 years old. When I was 12 years old I took an interest in music and I wanted to know more.! I learned alot about music and how music is wrote, pretty much like a book when you look in to it enough. I got my first set of turntables for Christmas, I was just 13 years old. I was as happy as I could even be!. My music career took off like a rocket.! At the age if 15 I had been on some big stages with some big name djs. Syndicate in Blackpool being my biggest gig. My DJ life didn't ever really come to the forefront and my family took over and I gained responsibilities which inevitably become more important than music. I'm here now once a week on enjoy radio bringing you some of my most favourite tunes of my life.

    mike

    I first started doing my DJ work at the age of sixteen. I hired some equipment for a friend’s wedding reception and that got me hooked. I went out and bought my own equipment and started doing mobile discos in pubs around the Manchester area. I was asked to DJ at all the usual birthday bashes and wedding receptions and the majority of them were to play rock music.


    After being a weekend DJ at these venues I was offered a residency post at the Swinging Sporran Pub in the city centre two nights a week, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was also a relief DJ at The Phoenix and Jillys. On a couple of occasions, I was a warm up DJ for an outside broadcast show for a local radio station which was a great experience. This all happened back in the late eighties.


    I did this for about three years but unfortunately, life and family got in the way and I sadly gave up my career until many years later when I heard about Enjoy Radio and here I am!

    neil

    Hi it’s The Saint here and I’m privileged to present RETROPOPIC here at ‘Enjoy Radio’!

    Although I was born in North London born most of my childhood was spent living in the Yeovil area of Somerset.

    I started out as a School Careers Adviser after graduating from Keele University moving into working with children with Special Needs then onto middle management in The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea before becoming the home carer for my two young children as my wife took on the major earner role.

    Living in France for awhile with my young family I gained The ICC World Volunteer of The Year Award for coaching cricket in The Charente Maritime area before emigrating to Australia where I gained my MA in primary teaching.

    The RETROPOPIC RADIO brand focuses on music of the 20th century with each edition guaranteeing an artist interview.

    I became a presenter and program maker of RETROPOPIC RADIO starting out from Sydney’s 2RRR community radio station in 2017 but now broadcast from Ridge Radio, Mad Wasp Radio and Radioactive in the UK, Artefaktor in Mexico and AVR in the US, as well as Enjoy.

    I have built up a listenership of 73,000 across 150 countries with my podcasts.

    RETROPOPIC RADIO is the global home of the great artist interview!

    ryan

    I was born in Oldham in 1980, at the age of 16 I joined the British Army serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, N Ireland and up and down the United Kingdom. After two decades I retired and started up my own Dog Grooming Business in Bolton and became a community activist which lead to me being elected on both Horwich and Bolton Councilsin 2023.

    I started presenting on Enjoy Radio in January 2023, I’ve had interviews with reforming and reformed drug addicts as well as hopeful artists.

    steg

    Hi I’m Steven Kelly but I’m better known as Steg by well anyone who’s ever met me ha.
    I’ve always been a music geek who is interested in all genres although my main passion is for indie/alternative.
    It’s how music can transport you to your favourite memories in an instant like travelling back in time that I find most amazing.
    I love discovering music old and new and unearthing music facts then sharing my finds with other music fans.
    I have recently found myself with more spare time on my hands and was looking for a new hobby but my main interest was my knowledge of songs, bands and random music facts so how could this come in handy as a hobby hmm… then after speaking to the Enjoy radio manager James and sending him a demo I was delighted to be invited to join the Enjoy radio family, new hobby found!

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    Hey there!!! Your friendly Neighborhood Rogue here, nice to meet you.

    If I’m not out taking pictures or exploring the world with the family, I am usually at my desk gaming and creating radio playlists.

    Music has always been a passion of mine since I was 12 helping my dad with his DJ equipment in Canada.

    So if I haven’t got my headset and mic on from video games, then i’m probably jamming away to music.

    yan

    It all began when I stood on my toy drum, playing my toy ‘tickar’ (couldn’t say guitar at that age). Music is in my blood. I was brought up with my mum and dad’s record collection, listening to artists like Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Little Richard and Marty Robbins. Music was always on around the house and if it wasn’t then my dad would be whistling or singing a song. I have a very broad taste in music. Influences include Ska and 2 Tone, Rockabilly, Rap, Heavy Rock, Punk, Funk, Soul, Prince, Indie, Dance and Garage! In the early 90’s I took an interest in being a DJ at the local Royal Air Force NAAFI Bop and since then have continued to DJ at various RAF entertainment functions, even Silent Discos!

    My love of music continued when I joined a couple of bands playing heavy rock music. One day back in 1998 I heard the sounds from the Stray Cats coming out of a work tent and soon I was in my first rock n roll band with fellow comrade Pat Winn. In 2011 I joined Pats band ‘Run Devil Run (UK)’ playing rock n roll, Rockabilly and country. We had the pleasure of playing in iconic venues mostly around London including the legendary 12 Bar Club, The 100 Club, The Dublin Castle, The Spice Of Life and The Fiddlers Elbow. My greatest achievement with the band was going to Nashville in 2015 to play a number of gigs and record with legendary singer songwriter Buzz Cason (Everlasting Love). He’s worked with all the greats; James Brown, Carl Perkins, Kenny Rogers, the list goes on. While out in Nash, we even met Buzz’s good friend Billy Swan. An amazing experience I will never forget. The band have also supported the incredible 70s/80s band ‘Darts’ at the 100 Club 3 times. What an honour! I remember ‘Taping’ ‘Duke of Earl’ from the Top 40 when I was a kid. Hope they didn’t mind! 😉 Our band also played gigs with Kasabian, Turin Brakes and Mark Lammar being in the audiences. Unfortunately The band split early this year but Pat and I are now writing songs so let’s see what happens. I also play in another Rock and Roll band ‘Sammy Jo and The Red Flames’ with unbelievable talent and have played many gigs in the South including the Brentwood Festival.

    I have a few friends who have their own radio shows who keep introducing me to fantastic artists and music. I am really grateful to Alan (Straughton) for giving me this opportunity to be a radio presenter playing classic songs from established rock and roll / rockabilly / country artists and introducing new artists who are currently on the scene.

    Let’s Rock…and roll!

    mikechamberlain

    I’m Mike and have been into music for as long as I can remember – my parents were both children of the Merseybeat era around Liverpool so a lot of rock ‘n’ roll from the obvious Beatles to Buddy Holly, from Shirley Bassey to Dusty Springfield and more was always on in the house.

    I’ve played drums in original and cover bands for nearly 30 years. My own party band, The Midnight Cats, have been going successfully for over a decade and I stand-in for others such as ABBA and U2 tribute bands. Touring the UK and Europe, especially Ireland, drum teching expanded my musical experiences so a penchant for soulful, emotional and meaningful music will always be a preference for me.

    After seeing Alan’s offer of come and have a go if you fancy it, I joined Alan and have thoroughly enjoyed this new adventure here at Enjoy Radio! With my background of playing cover songs I’ll be playing a lot of alternative and interesting covers on the show and maybe the originals if they were better!

    tonymcvey

    I grew up in the Halliwell area of Bolton with my brother, Stephen, and sister, Christine. I used to listen to mum and dad’s music - primarily Elvis and The Beatles but I developed a love for rock music through going to concerts with my older brother
    My favourite band growing up was Bad Company and I still love them. We managed to watch lots of bands through the 70s mostly at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester: AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and Scorpions being the ones cementing my love of 70s rock.

    I started singing in a band when I was 13 and continued to play in bands through school, uni and into my 20s. I became a Christian when I was 19 and sang in many concerts with the church I attended.

    I was a student at Lancaster University and got a 2:1 Physics/Chemistry degree. I went into teaching science and I did this for 33 years at St Joseph’s R.C. School in Horwich - Vernon Kay being one of my earlier students.

    I have been married to Tracey since 1987 and we have two children, Jack and Eleanor, and we have just become grandparents to the gorgeous Maisie, who was born early 2023.

    My hobbies are following lots of sport but especially non-league football; fell walking and challenges like the Coast to Coast; but my great love is cycling and I am working through Britain’s top 100 climbs.

    I got involved with Enjoy Radio when I met Al Straughton in a local pub. He was sat with some of my ex-pupils from St Joseph’s. After chatting to him, and having turned 60 I decided to have a go starting March 2022. I love the varied musical tastes and I’m learning something new about music all the time. It is a lot of fun being able to play and share great music. Enjoy Radio is like a big family - we all support each other and want the best for each one.

    STUARTSMITH

    Hi, I'm Stuart.
    Firstly, I love music, I've been obsessed with music all of my life and I love everything from Elvis and all the Rock n roll, through Motown, Glam rock and Disco, 80s doesn't seem to have a flaw but my favourites are probably Wham and Bon Jovi. The 90s was my teenage years, so it is my favourite, I loved Brit pop and Boy bands. Early 00s was decent, and there's a few still around now that I enjoy.
    I became a DJ in 1998 and have been entertaining crowds at locals, pubs in town centres, weddings, christenings, Christmas and nye party's as well as birthdays and special 80s nights. Seeing people singing along and dancing away gives me a massive high, and I love being the reason people are having a good time.
    I got into radio with a local station up in Bolton where I met the legend that is Al Straughton who asked me to come to Enjoy Radio during lockdown, and I have loved it ever since. We have amazing presenters from all ages and walks of life, and it really is one big family.
    You'll find me on Thursdays from 6 till 8 pm playing the best of the 60s to the 00s chosen by the listeners, so please have a listen and join in with the weekly theme 😀
    You will, on occasion, find my son presents with me too ( like I said a big family) Who at time of writing is 11, but growing in confidence.

    About Enjoy Radio

    Welcome to Enjoy Radio. We are all volunteers from different communities around the UK who enjoy playing a wide range of different styles of music.

    Enjoy Radio first started broadcasting on 1st July 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim was to help different communities from around the UK come together through the medium of music.

    The station has gone from strength to strength since we started, and we have now secured a number of sponsors for the station who are helping us to keep broadcasting to our many listeners.

    In 2020, we also became ambassadors for Purple Angels. The Purple Angel was born on 12th January 2012. It was formed as a steering group to try and make Torbay the first Dementia Friendly resort in the country. Norman McNamara a resident of Torbay, Devon, UK was diagnosed with dementia at only 50 years of age. Whilst out shopping one day he was rudely spoken to by a shopkeeper and decided to change the way people see dementia and treat others.

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