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6-7 A Little Light Music
7-10 Andy Marriott
10-12 Brian Savin
12-1 Musicbox (Mon-Thur), The Crooner's Club (Fri)
1-3 Paul Robey with the softer side of the 60s & 70s
3-6 John Darvall
6-7 The Quiet Hour with Jane Markham
7pm - 6am As above
6-7 A Little Light Music
7-10 Stephen James
10-12 Jeff Owen
12-3 David Naylor
3-6 David Lloyd
6-8 Showstoppers with Elaine Abelaine-Moore
8-9 Dinner at 8
9-11 Saturday Night Country with Tim Rogers
11-12 Late Night Extra with Stephen James
12-6 As above
6-6:30 A Little Light Music
6:30-7 Music and the spoken word
7-10 Stephen James
10-12 Krissi Carpenter
12-3 David Naylor
3-6 David Lloyd
6-8 Pure Nostalgia with Andy Marriott
8-10 Brian Savin's Sunday Serenade
10-12 The Light Programme with David Corbett
12-6 As above
|My years in
broadcasting began at the BBC in London in
film editing. However, my passion has always
been radio and in the early 70s I became a lowly
station assistant at Radio Birmingham (now Radio
WM). From there I moved on to BRMB (where, quite
by accident, I was the first voice heard on air)
and there I stayed for almost twenty-five years
as a presenter, producer,
of Music, Deputy Programme Controller and
finally Head of Creative Services. I left to
form my own production company, which I still
run, and even found the time to be Programme
Director at Saga's West Midlands station. We
played a great selection of easy-listening music
and that's just the sort of music you can hear
on my programme on Serenade Radio.
Contact Brian directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
last two decades I have been here, there
and everywhere as a broadcaster and
voiceover artist. I've explained the
delights of Gatwick Airport on its
transit train and described the shops in
lifts in UK and Dubai shopping centres,
been the voice of three national TV
stations and for BFBS TV around the
world, where I still work today.
even turned dreadful daytime TV into
cult viewing, with the blessing of the
show's American producer the legendry
Aaron Spelling. My first love is radio.
From 2002 I've done every kind of
programme from late nights to breakfast
and drive time shows and all talk radio
shows for the BBC, which I still do
today. I love the intimacy of radio and
of music radio, the way it use to be, so
the chance to play real songs from
artists and composers who have true
heart and soul is a delight that I could
not refuse. In my time I have
interviewed many great names for the
world of music but my two favourites
have to be Andy Williams and the great
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|I think I now
probably qualify as a veteran broadcaster,
having been on the radio and TV since the age of
20 in 1981. My career began as a dog's body at
BBC Radio Lincolnshire. In 1984 I joined the
Radio Trent group as a member of the original
presentation team at Leicester Sound.
was part of the original line-up on Trent's
Derbyshire service in 1987 as presenter of the
breakfast show. Then in October 1988 Gem
AM was born, I was there from day one until it declined,
due mostly to corporate greed. I also had a
parallel career in TV. As one of the main
announcers on Central TV in the Midlands on
weekdays and for London Weekend Television. I
retired from TV in 2002 when all the regional
ITV stations were homogenised into one bland
lump. I briefly returned to radio in the autumn
of 2001 as afternoon presenter and head of music
for Saga Radio. Once again corporate nonsense
got in the way of great radio and Saga sold its
radio stations to Smooth. I left. Quality radio
with mature professional presenters and the
greatest music ever recorded was a thing of the
past, until now!
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|With an ambition to work in radio from an early age, I subjected my parents to incessant practice sessions, playing my Mum's favourite records and demanding their attention in between tracks! I developed an appreciation of easy listening, which has since become known among colleagues as "Miriam Music" - so named after my late Mum.
My professional break came in 1982, when I started at Nottingham's Radio Trent, alongside Dale Winton, Len Groat and Andy Marriott. By 1994, I was running the original Gem-AM oldies station, plus the national Classic Gold network. Following a stint with the Lincs FM group, I had the privilege of setting up Saga Radio in the East Midlands; a career highlight. Here, I was honoured to work with legends "Diddy" David Hamilton and Sheila Tracy - and it's where I first encountered Brian Savin and John Darvall. For the past few years I have presented various shows on BBC Local Radio across Leicester, Lincolnshire and Nottingham.
Being invited to join Serenade Radio feels like coming home... It's a natural place to share my passion for the best in easy listening from the 50s, 60s and 70s. !
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|It all started at an early age- mesmerised as a toddler by the family's reel-to-reel tape recorder whose spools unwound the sounds of Bert Kaempfert with his plunky basslines, jazzy Ella Fitzgerald and Petula Clark with her mysterious plea about not sleeping in the subway darling.
These were among many musical delights illicitly recorded from the Light Programme whilst Auntie BBC had her back turned. Later for me, post pushchair and bib, came the inevitable and relentless pocket-money-funded acquisition of old radios and tape recorders for bedroom experimentation and disembowelling...
Fast-forward to the mid-1990s revival of interest in 'lounge music' and I found myself writing regular pieces in Record Collector magazine on the subject. In fact it was around this time that Mr Marriott of this parish casually informed me that Mantovani's real name was Bert Steggles- a statement so brazen and bizarre that I wasn't able to immediately treat it with the derisive guffaw it deserved.
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East Midlands Gem-AM was where I presented my
first ever professional radio show back in
1988. In fact, I was one of the launch team
albeit a boy broadcaster who was only originally
let loose between 1am and 6am!
As the next decade rolled
by I worked my way up the Gem-AM schedule as far
as weekday lunchtimes.
Later this once great. radio station was
networked out of existence. The intervening
years have been kind to me - presentation work
for numerous other ILR stations and then BBC
local radio right up to the present day. So far,
touch wood, I've never needed to get a proper
job! Serenade Radio is the sister station to the
online revival of Gem AM. The best easy
listening in crystal clear quality over the
internet anywhere in the world. Even via a
Smartphone or tablet app. Amazing! You'll hear
me babbling on about real ale, traditional pubs,
intellectual friends, my vintage Rover car,
canals and cruise ships -and getting
over-excited about great old records I haven't
played for years. And that will include rather a
lot of Frank Sinatra! Thanks for listening.
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broadcasting career officially started in the
summer of 1988 when he did weekend overnight
shifts for the satellite radio service Radio
Nova. Later that year he moved north to Leeds to
join Radio Aire as an overnight and swing
presenter. In 1990, when Radio Aire launched
Magic 828, Andy found himself doing more shifts
on Magic than Radio Aire and then took over the
Andy spent the next 19
years with Magic as mid morning and drive-time
presenter, station manager, head of music and
In 2006 and moved even further north to
Newcastle upon Tyne to present the drive-time
show on the Magic north network. The Magic
network was a group of 8 radio stations in
Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Preston, Liverpool,
Manchester, Newcastle and Stockton.
In 2009 Andy semi-retired from broadcasting and
emigrated to Canada, where he has a home
studio and likes to keep his hand in. We were
delighted that Andy decided to join our team to
present the weekly Friday edition of the Nifty
Fifties Golden Year.
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|I have been in Radio for over 30 years (crikey, is it REALLY )??
Started on short wave around the world (broadcasting from my garage with egg boxes on the walls to dull the sound). From there I was so happy to be able to join the team at WABC broadcasting from Co Donegal in Ireland.
| Returning to England I found GEM AM on my radio dial. I listened to the Station every single day with my two favourite Presenters, Andy Marriott and the late Brian Tansley. I made my demo tape for GEM from the same garage and sent it to the Programme Controller, Len Groat, who liked what he heard and he started my true radio career. From GEM AM I moved to Signal Radio in Stoke on Trent and from there to BBC Radio Shropshire where I presented the weekday lunchtime Programme. I was at the BEEB for 13 years.
Today, I work with people who are living with dementia and adults with learning disabilities. I have a hubby and four dogs, so I guess you could say I'm kind of a busy girl. I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Serenade Radio team, join me for a relaxing Sunday morning from 10am.
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|Like many of my colleagues at Serenade Radio I have had the "Radio Bug" since I was a spotty teenager, in the Sixties, when I managed to get an interview for Radio Caroline. The HM Government Post Master General put an end to that, so I worked for him at Post Office Telephones for the next 30 odd years whilst still leading double life as a radio DJ.
I worked first in cable radio, then established Leicester's Hospital Radio Service, before joining Leicester's first Commercial Radio station, Centre Radio. That led to ten years at Rutland Radio, part of Lincs FM Group. I have watched radio change and evolve over the years, it has 'grown up' or perhaps it has 'dumbed down', however, Serenade Radio is definitely a real taste of the music and the style of radio that had almost faded from our ears. I'm delighted to be part of the team here, many of whom I have admired or worked with in my career. I hope my dollop of larking about nonsense radio adds to this eclectic mix of old duffers, sorry , "seasoned vintage broadcasters" that is Serenade!
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Tim Rogers started his
broadcasting career at Radio Trent, Nottingham,
and in 1979 went on to also broadcast on Xtra AM
in Birmingham and eventually was to be found on
Gem Am in the East Midlands.
|He presented the
National Country Show on the Classic Gold
Network, (which included numerous broadcasts
from Nashville’s WSM Radio, The General Jackson
Showboat, The Country Music Hall Of Fame, The
Grand Ole Opry etc,) and then Saga Country on
In February 2007 Tim won the coveted Country Music Association (Nashville)
International Broadcasters Award for outstanding
contributions to Country Music.
Tim now presents a unique show for Serenade
Radio: "Saturday Night Country" every Saturday
evening from 9-11.
The show covers the range of country music,
hillbilly and bluegrass recorded between the
1940's and the 1970's
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|In 2001 I did a
one minute business report for my local
commercial radio station - little realising this
would be the start of a glittering career that
would see me working as a newsreader and
presenter in exotic and glamorous locations like
Basingstoke, Guildford and Ipswich.
But there was one ambition that was left
unfulfilled. Years of crawling around the floors
of charity shops to find the records had left me
with two things; dodgy knees and a love of
instrumental music. My record collection was
filled with names like James Last, Percy Faith,
Ronnie Aldrich (with his two pianos) and many
others who may not be as well known, but are
equally talented. I wanted to do a show that
featured the music I was passionate about - and
then came Serenade Radio.
The first Dinner At Eight went out on day one of
Serenade Radio, and I've been very proud to be
part of it - I'm delighted to give airtime to
music that's been a bit neglected over the last
few years, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I
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John started out as a singer and songwriter.
Like many crooners in the 70s, however, he had to learn to diversify.
He found himself working variously as a corporate and educational video producer,
youth theatre director, radio actor, voice-over man,
drama advisory teacher and lecturer in media.
|In 2000, he decided, after an 18-year break from music and singing,
it was time to return to his roots. He has released three albums of his own, the most recent being What’s 50 Years? …
Between Crooners (2016), produced jointly with the young Birmingham crooner Matthew Long.
2010 saw the launch of Lincoln City Radio, a community station John had long campaigned for,
and to which he has since contributed live and pre-recorded programmes as well as ads, promos and voice-overs.
With his passion for crooning as strong as ever, he’s delighted to be presenting Crooners Club on Serenade Radio,
a station he enthusiastically supports.
Contact John directly: JohnW@serenade-radio.com
Trish Bertram (Weekends)
Having blagged my way in
with no background in ‘meeja' whatsoever but a
lot of naive confidence, I was lucky enough to
start my broadcasting career with the sadly no
longer London Weekend Television back in the
It’s there I met Andy
Marriott and we have continued stalking each
other around a few TV and radio stations ever
since. (Andy is responsible for my most
favourite continuity announcement ever. It
involves inspired improvisation - and a tea
By the time I finished live TV announcing in
2008 I was the longest serving female TV
announcer in the UK, having said ‘coming up
next’ for LWT, ITV, Channel 5, BBC World, BSB
Galaxy, Super Channel, TVS, West Country and The
I 'm still a pre-recorded telly announcer (which
means I can say 'coming up next' when I’m
actually at home in the bath). I’ve also been
been a ‘station voice' for many radio stations
across the UK.
I work on live events too and was the live
Announcer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar; the London
2012 Olympics & Paralympics and more recently
the First European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
I must say I am delighted to be part of the
(but Andy…. we must stop meeting like this …)
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Patrick Lunt (Weekdays)
born in Liverpool, brought up in Birmingham, and
educated in Wales and Scotland - but he failed
to pick up any of the accents along the way,
("Unless I try very hard", he says.)
His voice was always on Radio 2 in our youth.
Patrick might be the newsreader of the day, or
you could find him playing songs in the middle
of the night. He could also often be heard
"shouting" the trailers on BBC Television,
narrating documentaries for the Discovery
Channel or presenting videos in stores and at
These days, in addition to his work on Serenade
Radio, his voice is often to be heard at
Olympia, the NEC and the Excel, as he introduces
an Awards ceremony, a fashion show, or other
eclectic gathering. Patrick also voices dozens
of radio commercials and telephone 'on-hold'
messages, from the comfort of his own studio,
which is what enables him to be in so many
places at the same time!
Away from the microphone, Patrick enjoys hot air
ballooning, singing in small choirs, crosswords,
puns, and drinking the odd pint… But not all at
the same time.
Contact Patrick directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
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