Jim Allen became involved with hospital radio over 40 years ago, during which time he
interviewed many famous personalities. His special interest is in comedy, and he has met several
of his heroes over the years.
He is very much involved in the community of Byfleet, where he is the Chairman of Byfleet Heritage
Society, and is keen to see the now-redundant fire station restored. He is a Team Leader at the
volunteer-run Byfleet Community Library, a long-serving member of the Byfleet Players drama group,
a past President of Woking Drama Association and one-time Chairman of the Surrey County Show. He is
also actively involved in St Mary's Church, Byfleet.
His monthly programme, 'Mirth and Musicals', features the best of songs and tunes from the musicals,
interspersed with comedy tracks ranging from old time music hall to present-day comedians.
Adrian Bell is a newcomer to broadcasting but has been an avid listener of radio all his life.
Born and brought up in the Steel City of Sheffield, he now lives in Stanwell having arrived there via stints in
Northants and the East End of London.
After working for 30 years in retail he is currently doing voluntary work for
Mind Matters, the mental health arm of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, in order to fulfil a desire to
give something back to an organisation that helped him so much.
Adrian is a passionate football fan with a love for Sheffield United that knows very few bounds, and has a compulsion
for record collecting that veers into the obsessive. He also claims to be The Greatest Hitchhiker In The World having
toiled up and down the motorway network of Great Britain regularly since 1984, writing two books on the subject along
the way, Fever Hitch (2001) and Aylesbury Bolton Wolverhampton Hove: A Little Man And 101 Cardiacs Gigs (2011).
His show, The Progressive Alternative, reflects his love of Progressive Rock of all vintages and the eclectic
mix of underground, alternative and avant garde music found in his collection.
Jill Bennett lives in West Horsley and she is married with 2 children, Harry and Felicity. (Executive committee member)
After a career in The Foreign and Commonwealth Office she now runs a business as an Independent Consultant
with Arbonne International and is passionate about helping people realise there are many alternative ways
to live your life – many of them much healthier!
She has recently started a new Facebook page on her journey to a plant based diet – you can like
the page here:
Why not like her Living Beautifully page here:
She also helps those wishing to escape the rat race or just start their own business by showing
them there is a better way. She loves keeping fit by walking her Shih Tzu Henry and Bichon Sidney
and getting out on her bike. Jill and her husband enjoy going to the theater and to comedy shows
as there is nothing better to raise your vibrational level and make you feel good than a good laugh!
Jill joined Brooklands Radio in March 2016 and is really enjoying presenting her own show.
Alan Bosson grew up in the generation who listened to the pirates under the bedclothes and when
he was old enough even made the pilgrimmage to Radio Luxembourg who actually played his request. (Outside Broadcasts Supremo)
He has a wide knowledge of music and really enjoys talking to anyone who will listen so what better to
channel this than a radio show.
Alan joins us from Hospital Radio Lion where he presented shows for seven years. He currently
presents a show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
When he is away from Brooklands Radio Alan enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family and
walking Stevie his dog.
Brooklands Brenda just loves radio and everyone at Brooklands Radio are her best friends.
She just has to listen to Brooklands Radio every day and loves all of the shows.
Her favourite music is anything that Brooklands Radio plays and she dances along to everything (except the
classical music show).
John Cull began his radio career on one of the legendary pirate stations of the Sixties, Radio 390,
housed on a fort in the Thames estuary. After the pirates were closed down he spent four years on
Radio KZ in Melbourne, where the late Alan Freeman began his career.
Returning to the UK, he presented on local hospital radio but took a day job with Qantas Airways. He was
propelled into celebrity as the airline's Duty Airport Manager at Heathrow in the BBC's
fly-on-the-wall docu-soap Airport from 2000 to 2003, still repeated regularly on digital channels.
John was brought up in Addlestone and went to St Paul's School. Now living in Sunbury, he
has taken early retirement from Qantas and runs the TV and radio
Dan Curtis joined Brooklands Radio in March 2012 having come onto Graham Laycock's programme
to promote a show he was taking part in. Having always wanted to be a radio presenter, Dan leapt at the
chance to join the team and the rest as they say is geography!
Dan lists his personal BR highlights so
far as broadcasting from under a holly bush in a torrential rainstorm to cover the Olympic torch's journey
through Egham and interviewing Chesney Hawkes!
In his life outside radio, Dan is a keen performer in local AmDram societies as well as playing guitar and
singing in function bands – he's also available for hosting quizzes and comparing events!
Dan is a keen writer and is currently working on some books for children - of which he has four
(children that is, not books!) He also can occasionally be found running around a hockey pitch or
To find out more about Dan's Brooklands Radio show check out his Facebook page
Ray Darrell was born in Wimbledon in the summer of 1941, all of the family enjoyed music, and his Father's
mother actually played the piano for the silent movies years ago.
Ray suffered a nervous breakdown at 14 years of
age and was hospitalised for seven months. The radio was constantly on in hospital, which caused him to start
listening very closely to the music being played throughout each day. It was the classic case of the
saying "out of every bit of bad comes some good", and he slowly started building up a record
collection from that moment on. Ray has a massive collection now, and can lay his hands on at least
99% of everything popular between 1940 and 1970, including tracks from outside of that era. Within the past
five years he has transferred and digitally enhanced around 800 tracks including 78s, 45s and LPs so leaving
them in pristine condition and ideal for broadcasting.
Having presented for another local radio station for 33 years, Ray approached Brooklands Radio where finally
he has been given the leeway to produce and present a programme in the way he feels does it justice.
The gift to be able to appreciate music is something that definitely needs to be shared, and that is
something he thoroughly enjoys doing for three hours each Friday evening.
Mandy Dineley started her early career as a vocalist in the North of England in her first band,
following that she performed as a vocalist/entertainer doing cabaret with various touring groups, worked with
many celebrities and other talented performers from the 80's. Mandy, along with her husband Pete,
have performed at many of the top function venues in South and South East UK and had a blast!
She has also worked in many of the top recording studios in the UK, as a front person, both lead and backing vocals.
She was signed as a singer songwriter in the 90's and spent many of those early years in London on various collaborations.
After working in the music industry from the age of 14 years, a life off the road was calling her, so she took a job in the
computer Industry, selling products from multimedia, computer peripherals, to her last job in IT where she was an account
manager for a document management distribution company in Farnham.
Marriage & children came along, she was a full-time mum for over 16 years, eventually, she wanted to do something different,
something for herself and found the opportunity with Stella & Dot, which she loves. The opportunity has given her a new-found confidence and by doing this, it introduced her to
networking and so many other opportunities.
Keeping busy is key to her happiness, so she is a presenter on Brooklands Radio, which she loves as she
gets to speak to some really inspirational women.
More recently, Mandy has started her own Bespoke Writing Business called "My Beautiful Pen"
which gives her a creative fix and outlet.
Sara Emanuel has always had a passion for music and from an early age used to sit in front of Top
of The Pops every Saturday night. Pressing play and record on her cassette player, she insisted
her family was to make no sound so it didn't get picked up on her recording! After teenage years
spent reading Smash Hits magazine, making mix tapes and going to many many gigs his led to a career
in broadcasting including working as a music copyright manager for SKY.
More recently her creative pursuits have led to her becoming a photographer and running arts and crafts
workshops for children. In her spare time Sara is an avid cook, baker and loves to discover new restaurants.
Having grown up in Walton and recently moved back to the area she discovered the sounds of Brooklands Radio
and wanted to get involved and put her love of music to good use. She now has been well and truly bitten
by the radio bug!
Her photographic work can be see at www.missemanuelphotography.com
or follow her on twitter @missemanuel for daily rambles and photos.
Hugh Evans describes his presenting style as 'small town America meets Radio 4', partly because it
was in the USA that he began his radio career! After being introduced to the college radio scene in the Midwestern
state of Ohio, Hugh became hooked on radio broadcasting, becoming an FCC-licensed broadcaster in the USA
before joining Brooklands Radio.
in 2013. With experience in music and talk programming, Hugh plays classic rock hits late on Sunday
Brooklands Radio, but also brings the sounds of Radio 4 through his role as the station's Shipping Forecast
Hugh lives in Thames Ditton works in Local Government and holds a Theology degree. He is active in Politics and has stood in
multiple elections - coming just 49 votes away from victory on his closest attempt - and occasionally does speaking events.
He has a penchant for strange facts and stories and odd places which he sometimes talks about on the air
Alison Florence grew up in Walton on Thames attending Ambleside Infants and Ashley Road Junior
School in Walton and then Sir William Perkins's School in Chertsey.
She worked for the BBC for the
first 10 years of her career initially in Radio Drama and on Woman's Hour and then for BBC Local
Radio in Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Birmingham. Local radio offered many
opportunities - to interview, read the news, edit tapes, present record request programmes
and be a scorer in the schools quiz! Sadly it didn't offer the type of job that would fit in
with a family, so when her daughter, Laura and son, Ollie arrived she had to leave.
Alison moved back to Walton in 1983 and worked for Dairy Crest, Givenchy and Procter and
Gamble; and now works as a part-time Registrar at Kingston Register Office, as a volunteer
for the charity "Make a Wish" and does publicity for Elmbridge U3A. She has loads of hobbies -
the most enjoyable being singing in Elmbridge Ladies Choir and of course co- presenting
Just Women and Surrey Business Affairs on Brooklands Radio.
Hi I'm Brea Gosling I'm looking forward to Sharing my Passion for Music!!!!
Join Me on Sunday eve's For BREA'S BOOTH 8-10 pm & Repeated on Wednesdays eves at 10-12pm
Featuring all the Best Singer Songwriters- Past & Present!!! The Greatest Latest Hit Tracks &-Tunes
Featuring the Marvellous Movers &Shakers in The Music industry
With Singers/ Songwriters/Producers Engineers/People behind the Scenes
Live Lounge & Buskers Booth! Interviews
Bringing their Stories & Music to Keep you in the Groove!!!!!!
Grab a glass of Fun & Cool tunes & join me !
I have been involved
In the Arts & music World all my life!
Growing up in Buckinghamshire & having a very Eclectic & Creative background!
My Grandfather & Father Both were Musicians & My Father had his own Jazz Band& was multi-instrumentalist
I Trained as a Hairdresser/Theatrical Makeup Artist/In West end! & also did Modelling in Adverts & Support Acting
in TV & film! Istarted at a very young age with my late boyfriend & his Partner running the Ricky Tick clubs Situated
in Windsor /Guildford / & all over the South of England which nurtured many Famous Bands it was The Club to be at -
A Real Teenagers Paradise for sure!! Musicians ie: Rolling Stones /Fleetwood Mac Animals/The Who/John Lee Hooker/
To name a few & even Little Stevie Wonder!! I Jerry Lee Lewis /Bill Haley I opened the First Boutique in The
Ricky tick Nightclub, designing clothes selling Vintage Clothes & Jewellery Which was frequented by the various Bands &
girlfriends & Club members! & Making a copy of a Victorian Jacket for Eric Clapton ! It was The Club where the Famous
Film Blow up was filmed! with David Hemmings & Jane Birkin !! at the Clewer Mead Mansion
Which was the Old Etonian Country Club on the Banks of the river Thames at Windsor! I eventually married a Keyboards player
Peter who was a Protégée of Bill Wyman of The Stones He was in The Preachers with Peter Frampton then Moons Train later The
Renaissance Group & later Composer / & MD for children's tv programmes etc Moving from Windsor to Windlesham Surrey Producing
2 children a son & daughter who are have grown up to be very successful in the Music & Arts world!
I love new ventures & I ran my own Company–Cottage Industry Shows in Arts & Design at Ascot Racecourse & Many Stately Houses
all over the South of England
as well as raising Funds for local & national charities in the UK I have been very involved for many years in different
projects & new ventures in Art & Music !
I find this very fulfilling & exciting & energising! Life is to be Enjoyed So Work Hard Play hard that is my philosophy!
I am very Keen to Nurture the Past &Present Great Singer Songwriters & also promoting Fresh New Young talent as well!!
& Bringing all the greatest Sounds to your Ears
Music is food to us All!!!!
If Music be the food of love play on & on & on!!! I look forward to Seeing you Sunday's or Wednesday's on BR Brooklands
online Radio station download your free App to keep in touch with all the Best in Music!!
Love Peace & Music !!!
Michael Grinter's childhood memories of radio centre around Sunday lunchtimes at home in Aberdare
in South Wales when he recorded the BBC's Two-Way Family Favourites on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
He insisted his parents talked in whispers and he leapt up to press 'pause' during chat between
records. When played back, the music was accompanied by low whispers and clinking cutlery.
When Michael came to Surrey in 1966 to teach at Sheen Grammar School, in Richmond, he became a fan
of Radio Caroline and, as he grew older, Terry Wogan.
Now retired from a long career in education in the public and private sectors, he has trained as an
actor, formed his own singing act, The Song Pedlars, and completed the circle back to his early
interest in broadcasting by joining Brooklands Radio.
Mike Gurr, Brooklands Radio's Sales & Marketing Director, came into radio by chance when his wife
Gill was in hospital to have the first of their two sons 25 years ago and a hospital radio volunteer
offered to play a request for him. Mike joined the station and became a star presenter.
After leaving school, Mike joined the Air Training Corps and rose to Corporal Lead Drummer. But
the world of music lost its budding star because he entered the motor industry as an apprentice.
He has worked with top marques including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes Benz and Jaguar and today
is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
Mike, who was was born and brought up in Worthing, West Sussex, has lived in Knaphill, Woking,
for 26 years. His interests include radio-controlled model aircraft and motor-cycling.
Bev Harris has loved radio since listening to Luxembourg as a teenager, and then the North Sea
pirate stations. He finally got on the air himself after hearing about Brooklands Radio from
presenter David Durant.
Bev presents Mainly Folk on the first Monday of the month at 9.0 pm
Born in Surbiton, he went to school in Wimbledon. From City University he went into education,
as a teacher and later as a County Adviser in Surrey schools. A keen guitarist, Bev is part of
a three-piece acoustic group called Some Time Later. He ran a folk music magazine in the 70s but
likes 'most kinds of music from Abba to ZZ Top', so the broad-based Brooklands Radio playlist
suits him fine.
He is married with two grown-up children and lives in Runnymede.
Suzanne Hunter's determination to become an actress was fired as a schoolgirl when she appeared in
a play at the Leatherhead Theatre. She went on to train at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting
and has worked on the West End stage, in theatres across the UK, films, TV and professional radio.
She is a member of BAFTA in recognition of her passion for the film and broadcasting industry and
is now writing a play. Suzanne is a qualified sword fighter and loves tennis, rollerblading and dance.
Suzanne was born in Hertfordshire but subsequently moved to Surrey and now lives in Weybridge.
Since 2010 Suzanne has created, presented and produced day time shows as well as her specialist shows for
Brooklands Radio called Suzanne Hunters World of Arts and Entertainment and
Hunters Hollywood Hits and Brit Flicks film music show both of which can be heard Thursdays 9pm repeated Saturdays 7pm and Sunday 2am.
Suzanne finds it a joy to personally invite onto her shows
globally known stars of the stage, screen and music world. To hear any of these interviews 24/7 just
click on the link
and click on a picture of a guest.
Trevor James joined Brooklands Radio in 2012 after many years away from the music business.
He grew up in Hounslow West London and first got involved in DJ'ing at school by building a twin turntable deck and borrowing an
Amplifier and speakers to put on the end of term disco.
Trevor ran a Mobile Roadshow for some time before applying to Pantiles Night Club in Bagshot Surrey as a DJ. He went for an
audition and got the job working as the resident DJ there four nights a week along with Guest DJ spots at other clubs.
During the day he started as a Telecoms engineer with BT before becoming an electrical/electronic engineer with the BAA at
Heathrow. After ten years at Pantiles he left there and the BAA to concentrate on his new business Peak Performance
Cars which he successfully ran for over 20 years. Now with more time on his hands he's returned to presenting at
Brooklands Radio, utilising his knowledge of all music genres and his considerable collection of songs across the
decades to date.
Dave Jemitus spent twenty odd years in corporate IT before deciding to work for himself as an IT consultant and
to spend time on a variety of projects and causes, including the League of Friends of Walton Hospital.
(Executive committee member and Web Maestro)|
Dave joined Brooklands Radio to rebuild the website (done sucessfully) and then became hooked on
broadcasting and the Brooklands Radio spirit of doing the best you can for everyone who listens.
Jonny Jukebox joined the station in 2005 and he is a happening dude and wannabe Hipster.
Whenever there isn't a presenter in the studio then Jonny rushes in to play his music.
Jonny loves all kinds of music of every decade from the 60s to the latest releases and he just wants to make
people happy by playing great tunes through the night.
The Jonny Jukebox show starts at midnight every day and runs till 8am weekends or 10am weekdays.
Graham Laycock made his radio debut in his early teens, recording programmes at home and inflicting
them on his family on Sunday mornings. He progressed to his local hospital radio service, becoming
Programme Controller and then Chairman. (Executive committee member and Operations Director)
When he heard from former hospital radio colleagues of their plans for Brooklands Radio he jumped
at the chance to be involved and renew old friendships - so much so that he moved from Leighton
Buzzard, Bedfordshire, to Great Bookham to be part of the team and become Programme Controller.
Graham grew up in Walton-on-Thames and on leaving Ambleside School joined British Rail as a junior
clerk. He rose to senior management roles in the railway industry but in 2003 a bout of ill-health
led to early retirement. He has two grown-up sons and his interests include photography, railways,
buses and helping others with the vasculitis condition he suffered.
Stephen Liddle Stephen has always loved entertaining and radio.
He spent hours playing DJ as a child and performing in plays throughout the years.
His true love has always been the sound of his own voice, and after his early career in politics
required him to actually know stuff, he returned to his dream of talking between records
Oliver Lodge is a radio presenting virgin with no experience in broadcasting whatsoever,
however, he is very passionate about music having begun his concert attending and record buying at
the tender age of 9 courtesy of an older brother.
He has been collecting vinyl since then and now
has an extensive collection with a keen knowledge of rock through the seventies to the present day.
After an extensive career as a Futures Broker in the financial industry, Oliver now spends his time
helping develop his wife's local hair and beauty business Hair Mekanix Limited
(www.hairmekanix.co.uk) and has come to Brooklands Radio to find
a new outlet for his musical passion. Perhaps one day developing a rock show for Brooklands Radio?
Oliver grew up in Hersham and attended Woking Grammar School for Boys and has lived in the area
since he was 7 years old. As well as music and finance Oliver's interests include motorcycling and
he would consider himself a so called petrol head.
Jackie Mitchell entered broadcasting via a hospital station in Tooting. Later she worked as a
reporter and newsreader on two Hong Kong radio stations, but was turned down for a radio job in
Australia because her English accent was considered a problem.
With a background in journalism, Jackie began her career on the Surrey Advertiser. After stints
on newspapers and magazines here and overseas she moved into business publications and now runs
her own PR and writing consultancy (more information at www.jackiem.com.
Jackie, who co-presents Brooklands Radio's Just Women talk show and the monthly Surrey Business
Affairs. She grew up in Wimbledon and West Byfleet, went to Woking Grammar School for Girls and
now lives in Claygate. Among her claims to fame, at age 10 she was the voice of Floppy Tail Bunny
on a children's CD.
Alex Nairn's first experience of broadcasting was over 20 years ago on a
hospital radio station in Scotland. A change of career direction meant he had to leave it too
soon but always knew he would return someday.
Alex has lived in Horsell for 26 years and whilst being a proud Scot he cannot ever see himself leaving Surrey.
"It is a lovely county and of course the weather is much better".
For as long as he can remember every type of music has been a consistent part of his life.
Ten years ago he went to Nashville Tennessee and the history and the honesty of Country music impacted on him
immensely. Since then he has visited several times and has been known to go all over the world to see his
favourite country stars.
As well as presenting some of Brookland's daytime programming Alex will present a show entirely
dedicated to Country music on Monday evenings.
The Fightback Ninja joined Brooklands Radio in 2016 to fight scammers, spammers and time-wasters.
The Fightback Ninja was born in Japan and studied at the Ninja University of the Martial Arts in New Jersey.
He fights to warn people of scams and how to avoid being scammed.
He publishes on his blog at Fighback Ninja
The Ninja has his own page on Brooklands Radio at Fightback Ninja
and broadcasts twice a week on the Dave Jemitus show.
The Fightback Ninja
Ivana O'Brien lives in Surrey, she is married with 3 children. (Executive committee member)
After a career in banking and finance in the city she now currently works as a freelance career
coach and trainer in schools and also runs employability and motivational workshops with adults
seeking a career change or who are unemployed. She loves keeping fit by running and going to
hot-yoga classes four times a week , which is a must, since the rest of the time she is
constantly eating, particularly chocolate!! She is really interested in comedy and completed
a stand up comedy course in 2013 and gigged a few times at venues in London.
She joined Brooklands radio in August 2014 and is really enjoying being one of the
co-presenters on Just Women.
James Pearce (or 'JP' as he is more commonly known) has been in radio for 7 years now and
joined Brooklands at the end of 2013 when he moved to Weybridge after university. Starting in his early
teens, JP has worked on national internet radio stations and even helped build up student media at his
college in Hampshire and at Kingston University. (Executive committee member and Social Media Supremo)
Now though, he is excited about being part of the
team at Brooklands and providing radio for his native North Surrey.
While radio and all things media remain a hobby and a second job, James is now a primary school teacher
during the week, teaching over in Thames Ditton.
To find out more about James, you can visit his website
(www.jpprofile.webs.com) or follow him on
Doreen Pipe was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, is married to Tony and has two sons, Steve and Nick.
She also has two grandchildren Felicity and Joey who are the lights of her life! Educated at Thames Valley
Grammar School she has had several careers from banking, Nursing Home management and finally as
Fundraiser for White Lodge Centre in Chertsey.
She is a Rotarian and past President of Shepperton Aurora and enjoys raising funds for a variety of charities.
Having joined Brooklands Radio last year she co presents Just Women with the best team in Surrey!
Barry Richards has broadcasting in his blood - his father was Sound Director at ATV and he had uncles
working at ITN and Thames TV.
In his teens he joined a Surrey hospital radio service and moved on to
host a chat show on London News Talk with Adrian Just. He has also done voice-over work on radio and
In his day job Barry is HR Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa with international advertising
agency McCann-Erickson, whose clients include such household names as Mastercard, Microsoft and Nestle -
making him ideally qualified as both Advertising & Promotions Director and HR Director with Brooklands
Barry grew up in Weybridge, went to Fulbrook School in New Haw, and now lives in Woodham with his
wife and two children.
Jim Richman is a former disc jockey on Radio Caroline, with a wealth of experience.
After leaving Caroline in 1966, He aquired a residency at the Marquee club in Wardor Street,London, gaining a three year
contract. After leaving the Marquee he went on the road and went self-employed as a DJ. In 1977 he went into radio
again with the Guildford Hospital Radio Station, Radio Lion which has now closed down in April 2014. Jim was with
them right up to their close down date. He also worked for Radio Jackie 1984-85 Hayes FM then once again was asked
back to Radio Caroline 2005-2009, Jim is now freelance and with Brooklands Radio.
I like working in radio because it's what I do best, and hopefully the listener does too:
Brooklands Radio is new and exciting and has great potential, the people who work in it are from various
backgrounds and they all have something to offer. Brooklands Radio has given the chance to people who have never
been on radio before and with their input it makes Brooklands sound great. It's radio that other stations do not offer.
In my shows I try to achieve originality, to do my best and help others on the station who have not been
lucky enough to have the opportunities that I have had.
Summing up, Brooklands Radio, offers something different it has a local theme which is so important to
the people of Surrey. May Brooklands, grow from strength to strength and with the people we have involved
I see no reason why it can't.
Nigel Scott was introduced to Brooklands Radio in 2014 by Michael Grinter.
He had been told at work that he had a voice (or was it a face) for radio, and had harboured the ambition of trying that out.
Following an enjoyable stint as a regular on Michaels show: doing the weather, travel and local news, and chatting with
Michael about music, life and the universe (well, the first two anyway), he took on an afternoon music show.
In his teens Nigel had built a large collection of vinyl Singles and LPs and is now enjoying revising
memories when selecting tracks to play on his show from before he was born to the present day.
Nigel and his "better half" Sue have lived in the area since they were 7 years old. Their
children flew the nest several years ago but live close by, enabling regular visits - and baby-sitting of the
After a long career in BT, Nigel now has more time to indulge in a few sports (5 a side football and Bowls).
He and Sue also do Ballroom Dancing (with medals to prove it), and Geocaching - not forgetting the Elmbridge choir,
which is where they met Michael.
Janet Shell recalls radio as being a large part of her childhood.
The programme I first really
remember is Listen with Mother and then we always had Family Favourites on over Sunday lunch.
The presenters always made you feel as if you were their only listener and that you mattered.'
As a professional singer, radio has played a large part in her career. She was the first person
to sing live on Classic FM and has broadcast several times on BBC Radio too. She has been
interviewed on national radio stations around the world and sees radio as an intimate
connection between the listener and broadcaster. For her, The Classical Collection on
Brooklands Radio is a chance to get behind the wheel and drive a programme, introducing
music and anecdotes and inviting her audience to share a musical experience.
Janet still sings professionally and she teaches alongside running her company Talking
Voice which promotes vocal health and communication skills.
Jenny Sohl joined the Classical Collection team in February 2012 and presents her show on
alternate Sundays. She had no previous radio experience, but had always been interested in the
backroom aspects of broadcasting.
She is a huge Beethoven fan and also loves Brahms, Rachmaninov and Sibelius, as well as having a great interest in
Early Music. Jenny has played the violin since she was 4 years old and currently plays for several orchestras
(including a Baroque group) plus enjoys chamber music.
Jenny lives in Woking with her husband and they recently celebrated their "retirement", after 30 years of
running a large sports facility and international tennis academy in Sutton, by buying a showroom and garage in
Ripley, which they now run with their son (an ex-professional tennis player), dealing in the sale, service and
restoration of classic cars. (www.renaissance-classics.co.uk).
They also have twin daughters, one of whom is
a professional Rock singer. Jenny's hobbies include historical costume, films and writing poetry.
Alan Timbrell, Chairman of Brooklands Radio, had the idea for the station in 2004 and has worked towards
making it a full-time community radio service since then. (Executive committee member and Head Honcho)
His love of radio was fired by the off-shore pirates of the Sixties. At age 16 he and a friend founded
a hospital radio service at Weybridge that survives today.
Alan believes that radio today could be much more enjoyable, entertaining, and distinctive. He feels
that presenters should have more say in content and encouraged to try out their own ideas so that their
programmes reflect their personalities.
Alan likes meeting people and hearing their stories; most of which are fascinating. He is now retired and has two
daughters and a grandson and is often called to baby sit, which he doesn't mind at all as it helps to keep him fit
Anne Twist is part of the Just Women team and joined the show in 2014.
Anne grew up in High Wycombe and now lives in Farnham with her husband and 2 teenagers.
Having studied French, Spanish & German at university she had the aim of travelling the world.
Previously a fashion buyer for the Arcadia Group she got to travel the world but rarely had a chance
to use her languages. Anne now does product development for retail groups and brands importing from
China and Hong Kong, and can usually be found at her desk using her favourite design software.
Anne loves meeting new people, and is quite inquisitive by nature, so working on Just Women suits her down to
the ground, plus she loves the multi-tasking challenge of running the sound desk while chatting
with the guests. When not on the radio or working Anne enjoys brushing up on her Spanish,
playing tennis and doing Zumba, but not all at the same time!
Michael Weldon ran his own mobile discotheque in and around London during the 60's and 70's.
This was an explosive time for music and I loved the opportunity of buying the latest vinyl records
both 45's and LP's and playing them to an audience.
Moving forward several decades I learned that
Brooklands Radio were looking for radio announcers and I jumped at this opportunity. I love all sorts of
music and am able to play tracks that I personally select and love. I have my own show every Thursday
from 4 until 7pm. Really Looking forward to you joining me on my programme for the best tracks around!!
Trevor Wilson, grow up in Essex in the home town of the 'Only way is Essex' (Brentwood).
So he is the station Essex boy!. Radio wise Trevor has been in the environment for many years work with
Hopsital radio services in Romford and Chelmsford. When work transfered him to Hamsphire, got involved in
local radio working on Skyline 102.5 and some relief work for BBC radio Solent.
At Brooklands radio he is currently to be heard every other weekend on Sunday afternoons at 3pm.
Trevor lives with wife and son in Addlestone, but doesnt have any pets!