Antony is one of Radio Caroline's newest presenters and
well remembered from his days on Radio Luxembourg. He was
on board the Ross Revenge on Saturday 12th July 2008 and
presented a show as part of the summer of memories.
Where and when were you born?
I was born in
Ipswich, Suffolk on 29th October 1955. I then lived in London
for 20 years.
Where do you live now?
I moved out of London
to the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent.
What is your favourite part of the Country?
I was very proud and happy to be living in East Anglia but
then I discovered Kent and Sussex. I really love History,
I think its the cornerstone of this country and I am delighted
to be surrounded by it here. Within a six mile drive from
my home there are six castles.
How did you get into Radio?
I had been a club
DJ since 1973. I Started in Ipswich at the First Floor Club,
and then Tracy's. Then I moved to London in 1978, and by
1981 I was working as DJ at Stringfellows. During 1983 I
started work for a land based pirate known as Skyline Radio.
I used to do the breakfast show after a night at Stringfellows.
Then I was headhunted by London Weekend Radio LWR. This
is the only time I have been headhunted!? I was known as
Oscar J Jennings at both of these stations. In 1984 I was
interviewed by Johnny Beerling; the then controller at Radio
One. Afterwards when I came down to reception, paparazzi
were waiting; obviously they knew that Radio One were interviewing
for jocks. They asked me if I had the job as cameras flashed.
I didn't get it. The job was given to Ian Brass, who had
been on Radio Luxembourg 208. Then my manager got me some
holiday cover at Radio Luxembourg 208. This was March 1985.
Shortly after this Benny Brown and Dave Eastwood resigned,
and I was given a regular contract. While I was there I
had the pleasure of working with some very talented people
like Stuart Henry, Bob Stewart, Tony Blewitt, Mike Hollis,
etc. During my time I made some good friends, most of whom
I am still in touch with today, such as Neil Fox. I loved
working for the station, but I didn't like living in Luxembourg,
and I used to get back to London as much as possible. I
had a Monday through Friday show but I also had a weekend
show which really messed up my life. I remember sometimes
recording my programme and asking another DJ to play it
for me; as if I was on air, but actually I was back in the
UK monopolizing on my position i.e. earning money for VO's
etc. The boss thought I was still in Luxembourg the level
of deceit went well beyond the norm, it was a bit naughty.
I remember listening to my show as I drove through Knightsbridge
on my way to some night club.
When did you first join Caroline? I think it
was in April 2008.
What other Radio stations have you been involved with? I did the breakfast show on Pirate station Skyline Radio
and the Drive Time show on LWR known as Oscar J Jennings.
I then became a DJ on Radio Luxembourg. After leaving Radio
Luxembourg in 1991, I moved to Los Angeles, California,
where I worked as a DJ at Stringfellows in Rodeo Drive,
Beverley Hills. I also worked for a cable radio station
in Hollywood called KZLA and concentrated on my writing
and ended up completing a screenplay. I returned to London
in 1993. Since then I have worked at WISH FM in Wigan and
Mercury FM in Crawley.
What are your earliest memories of Caroline?
I remember tuning my little transistor radio in to 199.
It must have been 1964... then later I used to listen to
the station a lot when it went over to an album track based
format and the Loving Awareness era. I remember listening
late at night after finishing at the night clubs. I distinctly
remember hearing Gary Wright Dreamweaver a lot around that
What's your favourite station other than Caroline?
Both Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline were so similar
in what they did in spearheading a pop revolution. Caroline
carried on what Luxembourg started. Both stations didn't
need a licence. Radio Luxembourg had a huge transmitter
and loads of power, but suffered from a fading signal, whereas
Caroline's was as clear as that famous bell!
What is the best and worst thing about radio today?
The best thing is that it is still going. The worst thing
is that they have taken all the fun out of Radio. Business
and commerce have taken over the musical programming of
all the commercial stations. They don't like star jocks
because of a. cost b. they pull their own audience and c.
they don't like it when their star jock goes on holiday.
They would rather get rid of their star jocks and keep it
How much music freedom do you have on Caroline?
I have more music freedom on Caroline than anywhere else
that I have worked.
What's the most embarrassing or funny thing that's
happened to you?
I was driving home along Cromwell
road with a girl in the front passenger seat of my car.
I stopped at a red traffic light opposite Cromwell hospital
having been up all night. A Rover 3.5 litre V8 Coupe car
pulled up alongside me at the lights and noticing it was
chauffer driven I decided to see who was in the back and
as I turned round I saw Queen Elizabeth 2nd staring at me.
It was the look that she gave me that made me feel very
embarrassed. I didn't know what to do, should I smile or
should I stand up?
I used to live in a rented house just outside Luxembourg.
I had some great parties there. One Christmas I had a party
and like Gatsby after awhile I just went to bed and let
everyone else carry on. When I woke I found that my ducks
were missing from the pond, and somebody had left a Ferrari
parked on my front lawn! I mean it was Christmas so I thought
well I know where the goose went. But the Ferrari was a
nice touch, although sadly the guy came back for it a couple
of days later. Because I lived out of town, I was often
in danger of being late. I remember once listening to the
jock before me hitting the news jingle reading the news
saying goodbye and saying I was next, as he fired the powerplay,
while in reality I was across town waiting at a red light.
This naturally made me a little tense. As soon as the lights
turned yellow I punched my car, (at that time I had a Pontiac
Trans Am) away from the lights with a bit too much enthusiasm
and the 6.6 litre car's rear wheels broke loose, and continued
to spin away across the intersection. The next thing I saw
were sirens and flashing lights in my rear view mirror.
The Gendarmerie, (the cops!) Anyway as soon as I explained
the situation they gave me an escort through to the radio
station and I arrived like the president or something in
the car park surrounded by flashing lights. They probably
still talk about it..."crazzzzeee Engleesshh!" Mind you
they were used to us. Neil Fox was almost late one night
after being stopped by the cops coming to work. He was due
to take over from me and he came bursting through the studio
door, moaning about being stopped speeding doing 40 in a
30 and then he said they wanted to bust him for having no
lights and ineffective steering and brakes. So I said what
were you driving? He replied (as if there was nothing wrong
with it at all) "a skateboard!" Luxy was a great experience
which I am very glad to have been a part of.
What do you do for your day job and relaxation?
I can afford working for Caroline and playing great music
because I am a director of a Media company called Black
Book Media, we also have our own radio station.
What's your favourite food? I am a man of simple
tastes. I see the true value of a really good burger, I
also like venison.
What do you dislike doing the most?
I hate paying
community tax. I think its far too much and its obviously
hated because of the way it has to be policed. Its not popular
with the people. The first guy that says "if you vote for
me, I will cancel it" will get into number 10.
Who would you like to get stuck with on a desert Island?
Obviously it would be nice to have an attractive woman
What's the most important thing that you learnt about
radio? To understand fully that you are providing
a service which is going to determine whether you are going
to stay there or not. Its all about who's there listening.
What was the first record you bought?
my Beatles collection. I really can't recall what the first
record was that I bought. But it could have been something
from '68 or '69 Music was really good then. It was either
The Beatles Get Back, Crazy Elephant Gimme Good Lovin' or
it could have been CCR or even Norman Greenbaum Spirit in
the Sky? I remember being really envious of a friend who
had a copy of Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones...
But most of the time I listened to the Beatles albums like
Revolver which still is my favourite from them.
What is your favourite era?
I realised in the
60's that I was living in a special time especially in London
and I thought it could only get better, but unfortunately
What are your favourite bands?
The Beatles, 2. The Stones 3. Bob Dylan. and Lyrically,
1. Bob Dylan, 2.The Stones, 3. The Beatles In reverse order.
Who are your heroís?
Sir Walter Raleigh: Hugh
Heffner: Richard Noble: James Hunt: Bob Dylan: Elvis Presley:
Carol Shelby: Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and Nick Roeg:
(there are many more)
What famous people have you met?
Well due to
a career in radio I have met quite a few, but these made
an impression! Some are friends like Billy Duffy and some
are lost friends like Phil Lynott. I have met Stevie Wonder.
Stephen Stills. Richard Butler. Iggy Pop. Rod Stewart. Ronnie
Wood. Bill Wyman. Julian Lennon. Robert Plant. Stevie Marriot.
Johnny Rotten.... And many more some were through work and
some I spent and shared good times with.
What are your top 5 favourite tunes?
Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone, 2. Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter
and 3. The Beatles, Tomorrow never knows
When did you last go on board the Ross Revenge?
The summer of 2008
What plans have you for the future?
I am very
happy to remain with Caroline as itís like being part of
a famous legend. I also like being part of a station where
the presenters are really musically knowledgeable, part
of a team and really love what they do and it does come
Thank you Peter for your interview, I hope to hear your
shows on Caroline for a long time. Peter can now be heard
on Caroline Saturday mornings from 9am till noon.