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- Kevin Harvey
- Hedley Clemo
- Leila Ferguson
- Stephen Ham
- David Leadbeater
- Mike Day
- Dave Smith
- Steve Reynolds
- Waheeda Soomro
- Steve Howe
- Chris Munday
- Julian Swift-Hook
- Keep Off The Grass
- Jane Dunton
- Ian Bruce
- Jeremy Sharp
- Tony Hiller
- Anita Smillie
- Marcus Riley
- Von Spicer
- Garry Poulson
- Claire Burdett
He was visually impaired since birth, but this didn’t stop Kevin from presenting and producing programmes for Kennet Radio.
Music was Kevin’s only hobby. At home in Thatcham he listened a great deal and he also enjoyed playing the piano – though he always said he was not very good.
Sadly, Kevin died in 2016, but you can still hear Kevin’s wonderful Night Time with the Stars shows on Kennet Radio.
He has had something of a portfolio career spanning 25 years in professional IT, a spell of 3 years working with his wife running the Bola’s Kitchen Corn Exchange Café in Newbury and over the last 10 years being a pastor, first at the Free Church, and now for the last 8 years at Thatcham Community Church.
Hedley’s somewhat limited experience with radio began in 1992 doing a live broadcast on a BBC Wiltshire Sound breakfast show, and he and his family have sung on radio a couple of times (though not to be repeated please!). Now he is glad both being involved with Bola getting Kennet Radio launched (they are both founder steering group members) and particularly in being able to produce regular “pause for thought” materials and longer Christian shows for Sundays.
My name is Leila Ferguson and I like fine things. You won’t find me camping, just glamping. I won’t stay anywhere with nylon sheets and if I am eating chicken it won’t be of the three for a fiver type that have never flown or walked and taste of fish. I would rather eat one fine chicken and make it last a week.
I have malnutrition which means I can often eat a lot so I thought the silver lining to this would be to write a blog and be the food and travel reporter for Kennet Radio, a fantastic community radio station. I also am CEO of West Berkshire Mencap which provides services for people with learning disabilities.
My aim is to tell you about the good places to eat and stay so you don’t have to waste your time and money on the grotty ones, so please tell me about any great places that you have eaten in, bought great produce from, or stayed in, so that I can interview them and let everyone else know. My email address is email@example.com.
Born in Reading under the starsign Taurus, His favourite musical style is country, but interestingly his no. 1 all-time favourite single is Status Quo’s “Rockin’ All Over The World”!
His no. 2 is the classic England Dan & John Ford Coley track “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”, and his all-time no. 3 is Garth Brooks ” The Dance”.
As well as a volunteer broadcaster on local community radio, Shephen likes watching Football and other sport including Rugby Union.
He has travelled both at home and aboad, having visited Northern and Southern France, the USA, the Canary Islands and several UK regions. His ideal holiday destination is Alaska, for the great scenery. And one of his favourite places to take a trip to is London – a great city that many UK people take for granted, according to Stephen.
Favourite Film from 2013: Rush
Favourite Food: Steak and Salad.
Snack of the Day: Ham Sandwich. No pun intended (yeah, right!)
Favourite Colour: Blue
David grew up in the Newbury area and has lived locally for over 40 years. He was a presenter on both of the Kick FM trial broadcasts in the late 1990s which eventually led to to Kick FM being awarded a full-time licence.
David believes that Newbury and Thatcham should have their own local radio station, which is one of the reasons he is actively supporting Kennet Radio. He was a presenter on the first Kennet Radio trial FM broadcast in 2013, and in May will be presenting the Sunday morning show from 10-12noon as well as the Tuesday evening soft rock show from 7-10pm for the second Kennet Radio trial broadcast.
He has been a presenter on Hospital Radio Reading (HRR) since 1986. He was a presenter on both of the short term broadcasts to celebrate 40 and 50 years of Hospital Radio broadcasting. For the last 7 years David has presented Saturday Sport for HRR.
Presenting Sunday afternoons on Kennet Radio feels like coming home for Mike. One of the first shows he presented over 30 years ago was a Sunday afternoon show called Afternoon Delight, on hospital radio in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. Mike went on to work for the BBC throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In BBC Local Radio he presented Drivetime, Weekend Breakfast and Evening Sport on BBC Radio Humberside in Hull, as well as being a regular film and theatre reviewer for the station. He was a reporter for the regional programme Great Northern Rock and he also produced syndicated programmes for the BBC Local Radio network, as well as later working for the World Service and Regional News.
Mike was also a media studies lecturer, and since moving to Berkshire he has worked as a customer services trainer and as Knowledge Manager for a national education project. He enjoys increasing his knowledge through Open University study and he has degrees in History and Politics with the OU. Mike is also a regular sports presenter with Hospital Radio Reading.
Mike enjoys adding to his musical knowledge. His favourite music books include ‘Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music’ by Rob Young, ‘The People’s Songs’ by Stuart Maconie and ‘Lost In Music’ by Giles Smith, and his favourite novel is ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H.G Wells. He is also a fan of TV cop shows, including classics like The Rockford Files and Hill Street Blues, and recent Scandinavian Nordic Noir dramas such as The Bridge, The Killing, and the political drama Borgen.
Mike clearly remembers receiving his first radio, at around the age of eight.
‘It was like a magic box which opened up so many horizons. You turned it on and it seemed like the whole world was on it’ he recalls. ‘I have never lost my passion for radio. In fact, I’m probably more enthusistic about it now than ever – especially for our Sunday afternoons on Kennet Radio. Together with local arts and entertainments information, we’ll remember some classic music from the 70s and 80s – together with some songs which you might not have heard in years. Sunday afternoons are going to be great fun and we look forward to your company to share in the memories’.
He started in radio whilst at school (around the same time that writing on stone tablets was around).
He was one of the original presenters on Kick FM, the first community station in West Berkshire, and he has worked for several internet stations and on a few trioal broadcasts (including the trial broadscast for Kennet Radio in 2013).
Dave can be found on Kennet Radio at the weekends spinning the tunes, so if you are into country and rock ‘n’ roll, why not tune in?
During the week you are most likely to find him in Waitrose hard at work, and when he’s not “in the air chair” Dave enjoys reading horror stories and cooking- mainly curries or chilli con carne. He also enjoys watching golf and darts on TV.
Having escaped back to the south in the 90s he discovered a plethora of alternative music in his early 20s, some of which is a bit too much to list here.
Nowadays he listens to indie pop, goth, post punk, industrial, fuzz, noise and electronica right through to current alternative sounds from the UK and beyond, all of which he brings to ‘The Kennet Alternative’. He is a keen gig goer, and he also runs his own monthly club night in Reading called Darklands – in-between spending time with his young family.
Steve spent 18 months on hospital radio Reading before being given the opportunity to host his own show (The Kennet Alternative) on Kennet Radio’s FM trial broadcast in 2013. He is live on Kennet Radio again in 2014.
Originally a Londoner, Waheeda has been a Newbury resident for the past 18 years. She grew up listening to Capital Radio and Radio 1; in fact she always wanted to be one of Steve Wright’s Afternoon Boys…!
Being of Asian heritage, Waheeda has had exposure to South Asian music, dance and culture, which she loves. Waheeda is the manager of All2gether, a not-for-profit organisation working in equality & diversity, supporting minority communities – she organises events and projects that bring communities together, raising awareness and understanding, and promoting good community relations.
Waheeda’s extensive involvement in local communities has given her the great privilege of meeting some amazing and inspirational people from all walks of life. She is new to radio and broadcasting, but is looking forward to the challenge.
She is most looking forward to chatting to her guests, playing some diverse music, and being part of Kennet Community Radio.
I was born in Harrow, in an old Victorian house that has long since been knocked down and made into a Primary School. From an early age I have messed about making radio shows, I remember making recordings on my Dad’s Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder (in fact I’m such a hoarder I probably still have them in the loft or garage somewhere).
I work in IT and moved out to the West Country about 20 years ago to work in Bristol. We currently live to the west of the Kennet Radio area and my shows will mostly be from my home studio, bringing a certain “fire-side” quality and rustic charm… well that’s the plan anyway!
My musical tastes are pretty broad: I’ll listen to, and play, just about anything. My musical roots are in traditional English music, I play squeezebox in a Ceilidh band and teach Maypole dancing! Current favourite bands include “Walk off the Earth” & “Imagine Dragons” – both bands we have seen in the last 12 months.
Little known fact about me: I’m a keen supporter of the Cincinnati Bengals and celebrated my 50th birthday at Paul Brown Stadium including a tour of the stadium and pitch (yes, I am that old, hard to believe I know!).
Steve’s show, Howe Bzar, is on Kennet Radio on Thursday evenings.
Local presenter Chris started his career in the pubs and clubs of Newbury and Thatcham in the late 70’s (working in local haunts such as ‘Silks’, ‘The Prancing Horse’ and ‘The Out-Of-Town’ – remember them? – back in the days of vinyl) that was before branching out into commercial radio. Things have moved on since then, it’s only Chris who hasn’t!
Still playing classic tracks from the 50’s to the naughties, Chris and his son (11 year old ‘little’ Chris) join the Kennet radio team for the first time having spent the last 5 years producing a syndicated radio show that’s broadcast to FM stations around the world.
You can catch them blowing the dust off the vinyl, cassette and eight-track to bring you the music you’d forgotten you loved from… The Stones to The Supremes, Razorlight to Roxette and The Jam to the Jacksons.
Want to know more…? Tune in every Saturday 5.00 ‘til 7.00pm.
As well as being the weekday morning presenter, Julian is leading the Kennet Community Radio project. He’s only lived in West Berkshire for 30 years, so still a newomer by some standards!
Julian has been a local councillor for 17 years as well as Trustee of two major local charities; this experience has enabled him to pull together a great deal of community support for Kennet Radio.
During the live FM broadcast, you can hear Julian on Kennet Radio every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm.
Keep Off The Grass
Keep Off The Grass is actually three presenters in one – Alber, Robbins, and Dan Cox.
Involved in the music scene for nearly 15 years, particularly with the press, Alber was previously editor of DJism.com, breaks pages editor for Taxie Rank, and resident at YOUKO @ Bar Fluid in London.
Along with various freelance writing, Alber also worked providing press coverage for several major events, such as the Glade Festival and the Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards, and played at numerous parties, including Itaca in Ibiza.
Alber’s sets are a mix of tech and deep with a dark moody flavour, inventing what he called “electro-tech”.
Originally a Bristol-based Drum & Bass DJ, Alber ran D&B fanzine “Ruff Cutz” for 4 years while playing at various Bristol D&B clubs and bars.
In the early 90s Alber was one of the original Kick FM lineup and committee who launched Kick FM; he also hosted the Friday night Breaks and D&B show.
Paul has played a part in the local Berkshire music scene since the mid-80s, playing guitar in prominent double and reggae bands, but turned to the decks around 10 years ago.
Playing deep, vocal and soulful house with an electro lean, Paul has commanded crowds with his blend of tech beats with a funky edge at various outdoor and indoor events, including the High Fen festival.
Joint organiser of the now infamous “Large” parties in the mid-90s (arguably the first events of their kind in Newbury area), he is also a producer in his own right, signed to the Crosstrax label in the past.
Alongside Alber, Paul was part of the original Kick FM launch team and committee, and presented the ratings-winning Saturday Night House Show.
Dan has been involved in music since the development of the Oxfordshire rave scene in the late 80s. He is an encyclopaedia of dance music, drawing from years of clubbing, Ibiza, playing out and just living music!
Playing a mix of deep and vocal house music with an edge, his sets are a perfectly-balanced journey, and the most upfront we know.
Dan also frequently takes to the decks in partnership with his wife Sarah and at both the park events and at KOTG’s monthly nights their sets have become a main attraction, with a mix of bang upfront downloads and classics that never go out of style.
Working the effects and loops as a team, Dan was also part of the infamous early KOTG combo, Neil&Dan.
You can hear Keep Off The Grass On Saturday Nights on Kennet Radio.
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Ian has recently celebrated 45 years’ unbroken service, broadcasting on Hospital Radio Reading.
He was also heavily involved in the success of the original KICK FM becoming West Berkshire’s first local station.
He’s also worked with various other local stations, whilst remaining loyal to Hospital Radio Reading.
Ian now brings his highly successful “Three & Easy” programme to Kennet Radio for the first time.
Like many broadcasters of a “certain age”, his interest in radio sprang from the arrival of Radio Caroline in 1964 and he’s never looked back since.
“I love radio”, said Ian. “It’s such a personal medium. Whether you have a million listeners or just the one, I believe it is vital to treat each listener as if you are talking to them personally and not just shouting at the masses”.
Local Community Radio is better placed than anyone to really take on that ethos. It exists to serve the community, of which it is a vital part.
Ian presents “Three & Easy”, weekday evenings from 10pm – midnight.
Jeremy is a self-confessed geek and a lover of all things feline, and has lived in Newbury for much of his life.
He has very wide ranging music tastes and can enjoy pretty much any genre, but has a special fondness for eighties, nineties and electronica.
Jeremy is very active in the local business community, and his current ventures include visual displays in the high street providing digital content, and virtualised communications. He is very much into home automation, and thinks that everything is made just a little bit better when it’s hooked up to the Internet.
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Growing up in Newbury, Von Spicer in the last couple of years has fast become a successful club DJ. A familiar face within the club scene, playing through many sub-genres of Trance and numerous gigs for Ministry of Sound, The Wave & Tsunami London, Shindigerz Leicester, Friendz & Echo Boat Parties London. Von Spicer currently has a residency for Trancelation in Bristol.
The very successful Trance Seduction “LIVE” show on Kennet Radio, now into it’s 3rd year with a global listening audience is really a show not to be missed!
Garry has lived in Newbury since he was 10. He went to Park House School and later became President of the Old Boys Association.
Best known for his community work in the town Garry served as the Towns 400th anniversary Mayor in 1996 and met the Queen “in the last century” as he puts it. Since then Garry has fulfilled a number of roles in the town notably he was chairman of the Twin Town Association and claims that during his tenure there were no wars in Europe! He also served as Chairman of the Newbury Society and faught a successful campaign to preserve The Luker building. Garry has recently served as Newbury Round Tables 60th Anniversary President. He is a Rotarian also.
Perhaps less known is that he has been Pudsey Bear in the town Centre for the last 6 years ! He plays the guitar a bit, has a lovely daughter and lives in the town and enjoys a beer.
His Friday at 5 show Get It Out With Garry brings chat, a little humour, and an opportunity to meet local people and an opportunity to get their personality out!
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