I’m the one to blame if you don’t like WHYS.
Nothing i’ve ever done has meant more to me – or made me prouder- than World Have Your Say. When we won the Sony Gold (below) it was a very happy night.
and , ok then, quite a drunken one too.
Ok then, about me :
* I support West Ham and have been a season ticket holder for the last dozen. One of my boys has “Paolo” as a middle name in honour of this bloke :
Here’s a piece i wrote for a Hammers blog. (if you don’t like bad language, don’t click on it!)
* I’m also a big fan of Essex CCC and still get down to Chelmsford to watch them when i can.
Left is Graham Gooch of Essex and England, one of my all time cricketing heros and fellow Hammer.
* The podcasts i never miss are : The Word , which is one of my favourite magazines, The Bugle, which is just bloody funny , Adam and Joe (likewise) Fighting Talk and This American Life because i love the slow-paced but beautifully produced stories. In fact i’m not ashamed to say i’ve donated to help keep it going. It’s just excellent radio.
* I first worked with Ros at 5 Live when i edited the Simon Mayo show. Ros was the first person who ever said the word “podcast” to me and i was impressed by how much he knew and i didn’t. Our boss says we are the “Clough and Taylor” of radio, which will do for me, as long as i’m Clough.
It was Ros who christened me “Old Grandfather Radio” as i tend to go on about various events i’ve covered over the years (mainly Olympics and World Cups) and obviously bore people to distraction. People have been known to tiptoe out of the room when i’m in the middle of a rambling tale about South Korea or somewhere.
Below is how i see the Atkins- Sandell relationship working :
* Favourite WHYS moments : Where do i start ? The fact that our colleague Alan Johnston, while in captivity, heard the messages you sent to him on WHYS and it made a difference to him in his darkest hours.
The Sony of course and our first OB in New Orleans in 2006. We take our road trips almost for granted now, but then it was an unknown. Below is the team that made it happen, from left to right, Fiona (who produced the show), James, Anu, O.G.R and Peter. Picture taken at the Preservation Hall.
My Radio Heros are (apart from Ros):
Alan Freeman, who was in charge the very first time i appeared on the radio (in a national pop quiz on Radio 1) and who later i got to work with at Capital, Kenny Everett (likewise), Jack Di Manio – the first radio voice i remember, and Douglas Cameron, a presenter with a brilliant voice on LBC, the station, along with Capital, that i grew up with, and the one that made me want to get into news. It was Brian Hayes on that station who got me interested in interactivity. Again, i’ve been fortunate to work with them both.
In sport, the voices of the late John Arlott (the “voice of summer”)and the late Peter Jones can still make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Peter’s broadcasting at the Hillsborough disaster was a model of dignified, measured reporting in the midst of tragedy. Click here for some of his Cup Final commentary.
Oh, and Chris Tarrant , who i loved working with at Capital (reading the news), who gave me my only other nickname : “Igor” .
So if there’s anything else you’d like to know (which i seriously doubt), feel free to ask.
I am very proud of the community we’ve built up around WHYS and i know how privileged i am to travel far and wide to bring the radio part of the programme to you.