Where were you born?
West Kent Hospital, Maidstone, Kent UK
Where do you live now?
Near Maidstone, Kent UK
What is your favourite part of the Country?
The Coastline, Devon , Cornwall, Norfolk , Yorkshire
Dales, Scottish Isles, Rural Kent ( What’s left of it),
How did you get into Radio?
My first ever experience
of radio was when I was a baby, being plonked in front of
an old Ever Ready Valve portable radio listening to “ Listen
with Mother” whilst sitting on my potty in the living room,
thinking to myself, that lady sounds nice where is she?
oh she’s inside a little blue box on the dinning table.
I was totally mesmerised as a kid by it. As I grew up I
listened to other stuff like The Clitheroe Kid on Sunday
Afternoon and the Navy Lark. Then it was Caroline , Atlanta,
Radio City, Big L , Radio Luxembourg with Bob Stewart and
Tony Prince then 70’s Caroline 319, RNI and Atlantis
All I ever wanted to do as
a spotty teen was to escape and be a Pirate Radio DJ, of
course I didn’t know how it all worked then and to me then
the ships were miles away in the North Sea maybe even off
the coast of Norway it was a magical feeling listening to
great music and zany DJ’s and thinking that my mum will
go crazy if I ever had the chance to go….
In the 70’s I had the chance
to go to BBC Radio Medway based in Chatham, Kent. I was
a friend of The Deputy Station Manager ( Dennis Lewell’s
) Son Simon who arranged a visit in 1975.
I loved it and asked if I
could hang about and help out at the station. It was like
a drug that I couldn’t get enough of and that’s where I
met Mike Brill, Rod Lucas, The Legendary (Jimmy Mack Ex
Radio Scotland) Dan Damon, I even met Chris Rea who was
promoting his New Album at the Time “What ever Happened
to Benny Santini” and I sat in the Gram. library talking
to him and drinking coffee and not realising that he was
going to be a Mega Star.
Whilst I was helping Mike
Brill with his Rock Show doing Log sheets, making up competitions
and answering the phones, another DJ Rod Lucas had a visit
from a Budding Caroline DJ Stuart Russell and a couple of
Cloggie Jocks from Radio Mi Amigo and I missed it. If I
had met Stuart ( Nigel Harris) then I just might have got
on the Mi Amigo in the 70’s. I still kick myself now when
I think of it. There were loads of Caroline people living
in Kent and the south east and I didn’t know how to make
contact (Nigel only lived about 8 miles away)
At the same time I dabbled
with Hospital Radio, which was a great training ground,
as it allows you to make all your mistakes in a closed environment,
Good fun but not Radio Caroline
So it was still just a dream
that didn’t come true until my late 20’s when I went on
an anorak trip to the Ross on 19th August 1984 after Leaving
Olau Ferries just 9 days earlier where I had worked as a
DJ on the Olau Britannia.
I met Simon Barrett, Peter
Phillips, Johnny Lewis, Stewart Vincent and I seem to remember
Ad Roberts and Ferry Eden were there too, Caroline was missing
a Cook and I was so blown away by being on the Ross with
that 90 metre mast so I begged them to let me stay but it
was not to be as I was only in the clothes I stood up in
and in reality I had to go back home.
When did you first join
It wasn’t until January 1986
whenI joined Caroline 558. It was a very cold winter and
the sea was very rough and I was very nervous and excited
to be working with my heroes Peter Phillips, Andy Johnson
and David Andrews. It was very eventful The Anchor Chain
broke and we were adrift for ages, It was also at the same
time The Space Shuttle blew up … To sum it up Scary at first
but I loved it and didn’t want to come home. When I got
home and went back to my ordinary job it all seemed like
a dream.. I just wanted to go back to sleep and dream again……..
What other Radio stations
have you been involved with?
BBC Radio Medway, Invicta
Sound, HRM and Radio North Kent, Medway’s Radio Atlantis
(Pirate), Caroline 558, Mellow1557, Invicta Supergold /Invicta
Fm, MFR CTR KFM, TLR, The Sound, Coastline, Medway FM, CTfm,
EKR, 107.8 Radio Jackie
What are your earliest
memories of Caroline?
Tony Blackburn, DLT, Johnny
Walker and that bell Ding Ding
What's your favourite
station other than Caroline?
Arrow Classic Rock, Rock
101, EKR, BBC Radio 2, Chill and a speech station LBC 97.3
and Radio Nederland
Famous people that you
Princess Margaret, Ronan
O'Rahilly, Chris Rea, Jeff Beck, Gordon Giltrap, Paul Carrack,
Paul Mc Kenna, Johnny Walker,Tom Baker, Peter Davidson,
Frankie Vaughan, The Christians, Jakki Graham, Cutting Crew,
Five Star, Frank Bough, Jimmy Mack, Patrick Macnee, Linda
Thorsen, Anne Widecombe , William Roache, Pat Phoenix (Elsie
Tanner) Richard Hearne ( Mr Pastry) and Kelly Holmes
What is the best and worst
thing about radio today?
The best Internet Radio.
for the Choice and you can listen Worldwide to whatever.
The worst is accountants and men in suits. All they want
to do is to make money and they have no interest in the
services they put out as long as it is “Radio Safe” that
doesn’t upset the Advertisers and PC’s that have lost touch
with the audience and forget their roots.. Also where has
all the proper music gone? Why do we have to put up with
a diet of Plastic pop where they care more about their dance
routines and pop videos than the actual music..
How much music freedom
do you have on Caroline?
Caroline, has its guidelines
and to be fair a play list which can be used as a guide
to keep a station sound but as presenters we are allowed
to change stuff around and add stuff to make the shows flow
What's the most embarrassing
or funny thing that's happened to you?
Too many things to mention
What do you do for your
day job and relaxation?
I work nights at 107.8 Radio
Jackie in SW London as a Radio Presenter. Watch Movies,
Gardening, and Socialize with friends and family
What's your favourite
Chilli Con Carne, Curries,
What do you dislike doing
Filling in Long Forms and
Working with Idiots and Bad Drivers
Who would you like to
get stuck with on a desert Island?
Dr Who so I could borrow
his Tardis ;o)
What's the most important
thing that you have learnt about Radio?
Never take anyone at face
value and never believe the bull and try to enjoy it for
what it is, these days. there are too many talent less spotty
faced geeks waiting to stab you in the back to crawl up
the ladder. I got into Radio because I love the music, now
it’s not always possible to work for a station and enjoy
everything that’s forced on you to play
What was the first record
Single: Help The Beatles
LP: Sgt Pepper The Beatles
What are your favourite
bands and who is your hero?
Too many to mention, Clapton,
Santana, Hendrix, David Gilmour, …
Other Radio Heroes:
Ronan O’Rahilly, Kenny Everett, Johnny Walker, John Peel,
Andy Archer, Tony Alan, Roger Scott, Alan Freeman, Tommy
Vance, Nicky Horne, Dave Owen, Steve Allen, Bob Stewart,
Charlie Wolf, Jessie Brandon, Johnny Lewis, Peter Phillips
and Mark Mathews
What are your favourite
Too many to mention
When did you last go on
board the Ross Revenge?
Tilbury Essex 2004
What plans have you for
Hopefully be happy with what
I’m doing, and try and make some dosh
Thank you Jerry for answering
my questions and I look forward to hearing more shows from
you on Caroline. I hope Dr Who doesn't mind you borrowing
his Tardis. The next time I'm driving on the M25 around
SW London after midnight I will listen out for your show.