Meet The WBR Team...
I was born in Rochester, Kent the son of a farming family, moved around a lot from farm to farm over my younger years,
Most of my musical influence came from my Dad and Uncle's taste in Country Music, I also remember sitting on the back of a high back chair listening to Radio Luxembourg on a Sunday afternoon.
As I got older I got into Rock and Roll, in about 1965 we moved to just outside of Gravesend, Kent, and got a job as a storeman in a supermarket that had been converted from an old cinema and it still had a stage, so on a Sunday afternoon we would open up the curtains, and with the aid of a record player
(no laptops then) I got my first taste of being a DJ.
Got married in 1968, got divorced in the late 70's. Met a lady from Faversham, married in 1980, they say opposites attract. She was into R & R and Elvis, me, I was into Country, we came to love both, we were married for 36 years, when she passed away in 2016.
As some may know, I'm member of East Kent Morris Minor Club. This is where I started doing quizzes and music, then when I decided to start up my DJ Southern Star, most of my first gigs were at the Age UK in Faversham, I also had a few other gigs, then we came into the National Lockdown so everything stopped.
Then in 2020 Whitstable Bay Radio asked me if I would like to join their crew as a presenter and I have not looked back, My speciality genres are US, UK, Irish country and 1940's plus Rock and Roll 1950 – Late 70's plus.
All I would like to do is to bring back Country Music, bring it back into peoples lives and share the love that I have for Country Music with you all!
News Presenter & Head Of Admin
I have lived in Whitstable for a couple of decades now and love the quirky nature of the town and its community spirit. I have worked in libraries and education most of my life and enjoy being involved in learning new skills, facts and information. Radio is a new venture
and I am looking forward to being part of creating a vibrant and necessary radio station for Whitstable and surrounding areas. You’ll usually find me in the garden with two very bossy cats.
Presenter & Fundraiser
CEO Of WBR, Station Manager, Owner & Director & Presenter
Presenter/ Head Of Presenting
My DJ career started out in Nov 1969 at UKC Radio in Canterbury.
I stayed there for over 4 years at the same time doing mobile discos on campus and in East Kent until I was invited to take over the residency of the Soundhouse Disco (Hawkinge) in May 1973 for fourteen months.
At the age of 60 I then took up the mobile work again and I have since done many wedding receptions, birthdays, retirement parties and also some corporate work.
I was an avid fan of offshore radio and American radio from the 60’s and early seventies. I never lost any interest in music and have built up a huge knowledge of music going back 90 years. My speciality genres are US, UK and Dutch top 40 of the Sixties plus Northern Soul, Mod music, and Disco (70’s – early 80’s) .
As a DJ I also actively follow current trends too.
I believe that the future of local radio is community radio.
I care about local issues and look forward to helping strengthen the community spirit in Whitstable.
Business Cards, Leaflets & Posters Printer
- each and every week! I'm originally from Surrey but, together with my husband Rodger and son Sam, we upped sticks and moved to Whitstable in 2011 and have never looked back. I now adore walking my West Highland Terrier Bobbi (a very stubborn girl who refuses to get her feet wet!)) along the seafront and then winding up at one of our many restaurants consuming the local delicacy of oysters – washed down with a good, old Kent beer! My day job is as a Marriage, Family & Funeral Celebrant (www.kentcreativeceremonies.com), offering unique storytelling for life’s milestone moments. My evening job is as a vocalist performing at pubs, clubs, theatres, restaurants, parties and care homes. So, when I am not walking the dog or standing in front of guests at a wedding, I am standing in front of music lovers, singing jazz, blues and soul classics. And when I am not doing that, I am cleaning the house…
With a background in arts and entertainment, both on stage as an actress and singer and off stage as a director, producer and writer, I have discovered that being a radio presenter is a bit like putting on a small theatre production
Presenter & Head Of Live Sound/ Sound Technician
Director, Presenter & Treasurer
Presenter & Producer
I am West Kent boy with family roots in Thanet. I was born and grew up in Brasted, a small village between Sevenoaks and Westerham, famed for its antique shops. I’m a graphic artist by profession, an alumnus of Ravenbourne, but now trying to retire!
Growing up in the 60s and 70s gave me a wide range of musical tastes, despite this I still take an interest in the current though not necessarily chart scene. Between approximately 1984 and 2004 I co-ran the successful Starfire Roadshow mobile disco operating throughout the South East and South London. During this time, we also provided roadshows for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and Invicta Radio. I have also presented for my friend’s radio station, Stones Live.
I moved to Whitstable some 20 years ago and have been involved in local events and societies ever since including a spell as Scout Leader for the Swalecliffe Group.
Happily settled with a beautiful and clever lady and 2 ever-hungry cats.