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Radio people tell their stories - in their own words - alone. 

Radio Moments - Conversations David Lloyd

    • Performing Arts

Radio people tell their stories - in their own words - alone. 

    Howard Hughes - City, Wyvern, Capital, LBC, BBC local

    Howard Hughes - City, Wyvern, Capital, LBC, BBC local

    The shy schoolboy whose commanding voice went on to dominate London’s news bulletins for a generation.

    In this hour of ‘Radio Moments – Conversations’, Howard Hughes tells of his life – from his childhood love of TV continuity to success in a local radio contest landing him his first fifteen minutes of fame – and ultimately the start of a career - on Radio City. 

    He opens up about his various spells at BBC local radio – and shares stories so typical of the age from a new Radio Wyvern in Worcester. Having graduated to IRN, he tells of the move to Capital where he assumed – tentatively at first – the key role as the voice of news on Chris Tarrant’s incomparable breakfast show.

    Tempted to his dream job at LBC, he tells of his disappointment as things failed to work out as he’d hoped – and how the experience changed him. Howard reflects too on his more recent endeavours at Smooth, TV VOs – and the pride he has in his podcast - and how his booming trademark voice evolved.

    In his own words – this is the Howard Hughes story

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Graham Torrington - BRMB, Buzz, Kix 96, GWR group, BBC local

    Graham Torrington - BRMB, Buzz, Kix 96, GWR group, BBC local

    From helping out on a charity appeal to dominating late night music radio for generations.

    In this hour of Radio Moments – Conversations, Graham Torrington tells how his early love for radio led to his arrival at BRMB to help with the annual Walkathon. Graduating quickly from occasional shows to daytime contemporary radio, he quickly made his mark before the potential of a late-night love songs programme was unleashed.

    Pushed aside from the station he loved, he moved to the challenged Buzz FM and then onto help launch Kix 96 as Programme Controller.  Graham tells of the call which led then to his appointment at GWR and how his reputation grew as the company expanded to dominate numerous UK markets - to the annoyance of some.

    Graham tells of the evolution of Late Night Love, the genuine value he feels it brought to listeners and the art of getting the stories from them.

    As another takeover ended his spell with that group, he talks of life at the BBC and how he once again created late night magic of a more comforting flavour.

    As Graham retires from UK radio – for now at least – he tells too the things he never mentioned on air about his own life. What are his stories?

    This is Graham Torrington – in his own words – alone.

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series 

     

    • 1 hr
    Clive Dickens - Chiltern, BRMB, Capital, ARI, Absolute, Austereo, Seven West, Optus

    Clive Dickens - Chiltern, BRMB, Capital, ARI, Absolute, Austereo, Seven West, Optus

    The teenage tape reclaimer - whose DNA now remains across UK radio and whose influence is felt around the World.

    Clive Dickens opens up rarely – and looks back even more rarely. In this hour of Radio Moments Conversations he shares the journey from his roots at a new Chiltern Radio and how he speedily scaled the heights to group programme director.

    As the industry began to consolidate, he tells of his move to the Capital Group, working with Richard Park – and the challenges and opportunities of its newly-acquired BRMB. He talks of the many crossroads in his life – and the encounter that helped him seize them – including the move from Capital to forge his own path.

    Clive tells the frank story of the battle for the Absolute Radio name and the impact of the economic crash – and also of his proud legacy there.

    He explains his passion for technology, tells the Shazam story, reflects on his work in markets around the world and talks of his move to Australia to Southern Cross Austereo. He shares fascinating insight into the Australian media world and offers his thoughts on the media and communications future – from his new role in Sydney as VP Product Development, TV and Content at the huge telecoms company Optus.

    This is Clive Dickens – in his own words – alone.

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series 

     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Louisa Compton - BBC Three Counties, 5 Live, Newsbeat, Channel 4

    Louisa Compton - BBC Three Counties, 5 Live, Newsbeat, Channel 4

    The rookie press journalist who rose to head Channel 4 News and Current Affairs -via a love of radio.

    In this hour of ‘Radio Moments – Conversations’, Louisa Compton tells of her life – with an early interest in breaking news leading her into a local press title before dropping into her local station, BBC Three Counties Radio. Colleagues in London quickly spotted her abilities and she edged into a career in Network, rising up the ranks at 5 Live, before moving to head Newsbeat at Radio 1.

    With the view that radio’s story-telling gifts could be the province for a certain approach to TV, she helped to create the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2 – and Louisa tells of the impact of the stories the programme uncovered. She opens up too about her disappointment about its termination.

    Moving to Channel 4, with the challenge of a transfer to commercial television, she tells of her appointment to edit Despatches before rising to the role of Head of news, current affairs and sport - in the midst of the Corona virus epidemic.

    Louisa recalls the advice she was given at the beginning of her journey; tells of her passion for telling untold stories and representing the under-represented; and offers her perspective on diversity in media.

    In her own words, this is the Louisa Compton story.

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series 

    • 57 min
    Cornelius Lysaght - Severn Sound, Southern, BBC Racing Correspondent

    Cornelius Lysaght - Severn Sound, Southern, BBC Racing Correspondent

    The boarding school boy who helped out during the holidays at a commercial station and rose to head the BBC’s racing commentary.

    In this hour of Radio Moments Conversations, Cornelius Lysaght tells of how he charmed his way through the door of Severn Sound in Gloucestershire to help out during the holidays - working his way quickly to handling some of the UK’s top stories of the time from the newsroom. In the snowiest of winters, he fondly remembers helping out on the famous Snow Lines and Flood Alerts.

    After a brief spell at the National Broadcasting School and in Brighton at Southern Sound, he gravitated to one of the most famous racecourses in the World. At Cheltenham, he helped out with Race Call and spearheaded the course’s own radio station.

    Tempted then to join the new BBC Radio 5 at launch, he stayed with the station as it evolved into BBC 5 Live, eventually becoming horse racing correspondent, with his voice and unforgettable name becoming a key part of all the great fixtures of his age.

    Cornelius talks about the art of the commentator, identifies the greats and shares the things he might have done differently.

    In his own words, this is the Cornelius Lysaght story.

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series. Music by Larry Bryant (http://www.larrybryant.com/) . 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    David Lloyd - Trent, Leic Sound, Lincs FM, Radio Authority, Century, Galaxy, LBC, Virgin, Orion

    David Lloyd - Trent, Leic Sound, Lincs FM, Radio Authority, Century, Galaxy, LBC, Virgin, Orion

    This is a secret episode!

    Over the course of this series, several folk have asked whether I’d (David Lloyd) ever be interviewed.  Several luminaries kindly volunteered to interview me. Given the calibre of all the other subjects, I felt reticent. But – with lockdown and also passing 100  episodes - I thought I might succumb.

    I invited my oldest friend, Mark Runacus MBE to pose the questions. He and I met at hospital radio and he went on to accomplish a huge amount in the ad world. Radio missed his talents. He has been a wonderful friend.

    In this hour of Radio Moments Conversations, I talk about my journey from shy anorak to radio station manager and regulator.

    I open up about my childhood, the excitement of hospital radio and the glee of my first gig at Nottingham’s Radio Trent, before moving on to management at a troubled Leicester Sound. Then, walking out the door in tears to no job,  I tell of the unexpected task of establishing Lincs FM. Equally unexpected, I was recruited to the then regulator, the Radio Authority  where I helped both to licence and reprimand radio stations.

    Moving from there to run the music and speech regional Century brand for Border TV, before crossing to Chrysalis to seize the reins of a couple of the Galaxy stations, London then beckoned and a wonderful stint at the helm of LBC, before leaving as it became part of the foundation for Global Radio. Down the road in Golden Square, I moved to programme and market Virgin Radio and help manage the brand transition to Absolute.

    The most recent chapter saw me at Orion Media, where we bought and then sold a handful of major market commercial stations including BRMB, Gem 106 and Beacon.

    In my own words – this is my story.

    There’s a much better account of all this – and everything that surrounds it in our mad radio world  in my book Radio Moments (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radio-Moments-Years-Life-Inside/dp/1785902725/ref=sr_1_1?) : Fifty years of radio – Life  on the Inside.

    Hear the whole ‘Radio Moments Conversations’ series here (https://podfollow.com/radiomoments-conversations) – and sign up for the regular podcast for this ongoing series. Music by Larry Bryant (http://www.larrybryant.com/) . 

    • 1 hr 1 min

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