MIKE BRILL – INTERVIEW
Where and when were you born? –
I was born in a British military hospital in Moascar,
Egypt, at the time of the looming Suez Crisis. My father
was an officer in the Royal Artillery, stationed there
with my mother, sister and older brother. When the situation
began to seriously deteriorate, our family, now including
six month old baby me, were immediately repatriated
on a cruise ship.
Where do you live now? –
We live in a small picturesque Kent village with
a parish church, pub, shop and a green where cricket
and football are played. We are fortunate to have a
long garden with three sheds and a large outbuilding,
where I have my radio studio.
What is your favourite part of the Country?
The Gower Peninsular in South Wales, where we used
to spend family holidays.
How did you get into Radio? –
Initially I trained as a broadcast engineer with
the BBC, after a year working at Television Centre in
VT operations, moved to local radio in Chatham. As well
as my engineering duties, I began to get more involved
with programme production and ended up presenting a
long running weekly rock show ‘Kent Rocks’ featuring
new album tracks and local unsigned bands.
When did you first join Caroline? –
IIn 2002 I was invited, by my good friend and fellow
Caroline DJ Jerry Wright, to the Maidstone Studios.
I was suitably impressed and soon after started my own
What other Radio stations have you been involved
Radio Medway which later became Radio Kent
What are your earliest memories of Caroline?
Listening to Radio Caroline North during school holidays.
My brother and I were permitted to use a vacant army
billet hut, near to our house. Here we could listen
to radio all day and experiment with our home made Hi-Fi
equipment and play our favourite pop music very loud!
What's your favourite station other than
When out and about driving, I usually listen to Radio
Two, unless the ‘show business name’ presenter starts
to annoy me. In which case, I switch to Absolute Radio.
Who is the most famous person that you have
After the Queen, Rod Hull and Emu!
What's the most embarrassing or funny
thing that's happened to you? -
Being physically attacked by Rod Hull’s Emu during
a ‘live’ outside broadcast in a shopping centre, similar
to Michael Parkinson’s encounter.
What do you do for your day job and relaxation?
For 12 years I have been self-employed as an
IT consultant, working for a handful of local business
customers. My paid work is mostly indistinguishable
from my hobbies.
To relax I have taken to listening to audio books.
Great if you are short sighted like me and often find
small printed text challenging.
WWhat's your favourite food? -
Mild chicken kurma curry with poppadoms.
What do you dislike doing the most? -
Filling in long complicated forms and ticking boxes
Who would you like to get stuck with on a
What was the first record you bought?-
Just Like a Woman (Manfred Mann) Fontana July 1966
What are your favourite bands and who is
your hero? -
Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys etc. Radio hero
is Johnnie Walker MBE
When did you last go on board the Ross Revenge?
Can’t recall exact date, but remember being alone
on board, waiting for someone to turn up to start the
generator. There must have been a Bank Holiday weekend
of broadcasting coming up and I had to test the Internet
connection and setup a streaming PC.
What plans have you for the future?
In the summer of 2014, during our 50th anniversary
year, I would love to tour the Southeast in my restored
VW Campervan, fully fitted out as a mobile streaming
radio studio. Bit like the Olympic torch relay, but
without a torch or runners! Well at least it would be
a good excuse to visit some fine pubs and coastal resorts! Just
my crazy idea for now, I have not asked the boss yet!
As Ronan once said “Caroline can be anywhere