Volunteer Presenters

Alvin Adey

Alvin is old enough to know better, with a massive music collection, involved with DAB as a trustee, occasionally works for CQC, and as a sound engineer at Bradford Cathedral. “According to my age demographic I shouldn’t like the music

Shamim Akhtar

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Shamim is a regular with BCB, presenting Thursday’s About Bradford, 11am to 12 noon, with Shazia Awan and also the monthly Here We Are show. Presenting radio shows is a new challenge for her and she’s enjoying every minute of

Peg Alexander

Peg Alexander

Peg has been a presenter at BCB for nine years. She presents talk shows and loves doing everything from news and political interviews to real life and human interest. She’s all about the world we live in and life in

Simon Ashberry

Simon Ashberry has been playing the best of local music on Bradford Beat for almost two decades. He was music columnist for the Telegraph & Argus for several years, covering local acts such as Embrace, Terrorvision, Tasmin Archer and New

Martin Baines

Martin is a retired police officer with a keen interest in Bradford, its history and its future. He is also chair of Under the Clock Bradford, otherwise known as the Bradford Police Museum, which he’s been developing in City Hall,

Dom Burch

Born in Reading, went to Uni in Leeds, now lives in Shipley. Always wanted to be a local radio DJ but never got round to it. Until BCB came into his life. Then he took a career break, volunteered for

Angie Carrington

Angie is originally from Reading. She came to Bradford – via South Humberside – many years ago and decided to stay, having only seen the Interchange… Angie C’s Musical Adventure has a varied selection of tunes she has come across

Daniel Carroll

Like the guardian of the airwaves he opens the Friday schedule with his Electric Breakfast in the morning, releasing the FUNK of a Thousand Thunders on the unsuspecting people of Bradford, and closes it with his Midnight Sessions in the

Pete Chapman

A life long music and football fan, Pete has presented the BCB punk show since 2001, and been involved with the BCB sports team since 2008. He’s currently the Bradford City correspondent, as well as a Sports Centre presenter during

David Clapham

David is a longterm music fan with a splendid record collection. He plays music from around the world, but mainly the US. So you’ll hear a lot of blues and some salsa, cajun, rock, folk, C&W, boogie woogie, americana, African

Fran Coldrick

Fran started her broadcasting career with ITV and went on to work with the BBC. She now volunteers for BCB, enjoys the outdoors and loves discovering the hidden gems throughout the Bradford District. She also  enjoys reviewing plays and exhibitions

The Collector

Collector has always played vinyl, right from day one. So every track you hear on his show comes from vinyl albums or 12″ singles. And you’re not going to hear mainstream music. He’ll album hop and play the B-side of

Phil Cope

WBJSU (as no-one calls it) is an hour of new music on Friday nights. The only music criteria for the programme is that it’s new, interesting and probably won’t be heard elsewhere. The programme deliberately defies categorisation, which is why

Valerie Cosgrave

Val was born and bred in Bradford, and is married with one son. She sings with Great Horton Singers, and volunteers at the Wellbeing Café.

Malcolm Currie

Malcolm is retired after 30 years at the chalk face in Buckinghamshire, Bradford and Leeds. His father arrived from Glasgow in 1956, to save Bradford City FC by way of 136 league appearances! Born in Micklethwaite in 1961, Malcolm is

Mary Dowson

Mary is the Director and one of the founders of BCB – and just occasionally you get to hear her on the airwaves! She presents Radio Venus with Liz Firth, and pops up on the occasional Outside Broadcast and In

Jacqui Drake

Jacqui is a cancer patient and choreographer who has both taught and worked in theatre for over 35 years. New to presenting on radio but delighted to to present Cancer Journeys, to help spread awareness, provide hope to other cancer

Ian Forward

Ian has lived in Bradford since 1982, when he arrived to volunteer for a homeless project. He worked in further education for 22 years, until 2014. He presents In Your Backyard, with Malc Currie, in the About Bradford slot on

Nic Fusco

Nic is a local lad who likes to bring a smile to your face. He presents the show that gives you the feelgood factor, and is a passionate lover of music and life. He’s an Italian man with a love

Tareck Ghonheim

Tareck has been involved in radio since university, and is a fan of funk from masters such as James Brown, Gil Scott Heron and Parliament, to the hip hop of Rakim and De La Soul. He’s lived and partied through

Graham Glover

Graham started out as an electrician in a former life, so he comes from a technical background. He’s now retired and, although he occasionally co-presents with the Afternoon Stretch team, he’s happier working behind the scenes driving the desk or

Steve Gorringe

Steve is a fanatic follower of Bradford City since the 1960/61 season and can be seen at all home and away games. He’s one of the founder members of the Shipley Bantams Supporters And Travel Club, formed in 2004. He

Maureen Grant

Maureen Grant

Maureen is retired and enjoys volunteering at BCB as a presenter. She aims to build on this by mastering her newly-acquired editing skills and other roles at BCB. Maureen’s passion is social justice, with an emphasis on promoting race equality

Stephen Greenwood

I like to help people and local communities – that’s why I put together the show I present on BCB Radio, Carers Happy Hour. I write my own songs and play the keyboards as one of my many hobbies. I

Griff

Griff’s Magic Theatre …..from the mind-expanding to the brain-frying, from the unheard through the well-loved and into the unknown…… this IS the 60s music party, this is THE disco…..this sound ain’t foolin’ around, clearer mono hifi sound, with the DYNAMICS

Nigel Guy

Nigel became involved with BCB over 15 years ago when he was asked to share his top 10 tunes on One To One, and since then he’s grown into a vibrant presenter. Nigel’s favourite saying is ‘Better to give than to

John Hebden

John has volunteered at BCB radio since the early 2000s, presenting live and specialist music programmes. He is married with two grown up boys, he is a member of Leeds Vineyard Church and also a Leicester City supporter. John works

Fran Holling

Fran started working in radio in the old days of reel-to-reel tapes. To bring her skills up to date after a long break she did a training course and ended up doing more than she bargained for! She soon became

Liaquat Hussain

Liaquat has been with BCB for 15 years, and has also worked on various Ramadhan radio broadcasts. He’s very passionate about radio broadcasting, and is on BCB’s Management Committee. He’s been working for various voluntary organisations for the last 10

Banaris Iqbal

Banaris is one of BCB’s longest serving presenters. He has also co-presented shows on the BBC Asian Network and serves on BCB’s management committee. Banaris loves Bollywood remixes, films (and fast food, but don’t tell anyone).

Di Ives

Di was born in Bradford and has a passion for all music, particularly classical music. She loves to share her passion with you.

Mercy Katola

Mercy is a single mother to three children and has been a radio presenter since 2013. She joined BCB in 2015, playing music such as EDM, country, Afro beats, soca, house – and much more. She says, “Music brings people

Uzma Kazi

Uzma is a youth & community development worker and freelance theatre designer, based in Bradford. She’s interested in community relations, using the arts as a tool to challenge and to create change in our lives locally and globally. Uzma has

Claire Kearns

Claire studied BA Fine Art at Bradford School of Art, focusing her final year project on sound-based media, and started volunteering at BCB on an arts magazine programme. In 2009 she was given the post of community reporter and has

Alan Keeling

Alan’s been with BCB since 1999, when he realised there was more to life than retirement. Starting with Shipley Corner he progressed to three regular slots on air. He’s a long-term member of Mancom, the committee helping to make decisions

Jo Kenyon

A typical day at BCB for Jo involves booking guests for interviews, researching current news stories, organising running orders, dealing with volunteers, and much more! She started doing her own radio shows at the age of 13, and went on

Nigel Lambert

Nigel was born in 1955 and since he was very young he has loved all popular music and listening to the radio. Back then he listened to the BBC Light Programme, Luxembourg 208 and offshore radio. As a teenager and

Ben Llewellyn

Ben presents Friday’s BCB Xtra 6:30-7pm slot, with Ben’s Big Tunes, the latest electronic dance music bangers from different genres – Trap, Drum & Bass, House, Hardcore, Dubstep and Jungle. He has a degree in Sound and Music Technology and

Lorney McGrawney

Some things old, some things new, some things borrowed…and some things so downright odd it’s unlikely you’ll find them on Spotify. From Hear – a pick ‘n’ mix of this ‘n’ that. From original punk to new local music, via

Gary Miller

Gary is a local musician, teacher and promoter. He presents a monthly show, Around The World In 60 Minutes, a wide cross section of non-mainstream music from around the world. Gary will be keeping people up to date on the

Dipak Mistry

AKA Mistryllaneous – photographer, printmaker, educator, selector (not a dj). One of the DisOriental Family, with a love of global beats and electronica and beyond. Always on the look out for new music, local and far, send it to me and

Tim Moon

Tim has been involved with BCB since its very first broadcast as Bradford Festival Radio, right through the cable broadcasts to the present day. He’s been on many different programmes over this time, but has always presented the folk programme.

Carole Moss

Carole presents One To One on Thursdays at 12 noon, repeated Fridays 9am, where she interviews the key movers and shakers and active citizens of Bradford and district about their lives, work and passions, and plays eight of their music

Ben Mussanzi

Ben Mussanzi wa Mussangu is renowned for his healing laughter. You will know that Ben is around if you hear somebody laughing like an angel. He doesn’t follow the rules of broadcasting in this matter. He is known as Papa

Mike O’Leary

Mike presents The Man in the Station, an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, soul, folk and rock music broadcast on Mondays 10-11pm –  “An hour of music that I like,” to quote. Mike has been involved in the local music

Tony Painter

Despite his East London origin, Tony has actually lived most of his life up north and has been firmly resident in Shipley for some years. After supporting a number of The Record Club radio shows, they told him to go

Derek Pearson

Rare soul or northern soul Joyous uptempo or mournful downbeat Wonderfully happy or blisteringly sad Big city lights or one room dirt shack. Rare soul or northern soul call it what you want – Shades Of Soul with Derek Pearson.

Jonathan Pinfield

Jonathan is BCB’s Broadcast Manager & Head of Sport. When he’s not in the office you can usually find him broadcasting at a cricket match or boxing bout. Jonathan loves radio, media production, comedy and sport – sometimes all at

Martin Powell

Martin subjects the airwaves of Bradford and virtual beyonds to what he thinks is some pretty terrific bebop, post bebop, contemporary and modern jazz. He concentrates on UK and continental jazz, with a strong presence for UK jazz from the

Rob Prior

Originally from Leicester but a resident of Bradford and Shipley since the early 1990s, Rob presents the Record Club show, an offshoot of the successful Shipley Record Club. Playing new and classic tunes on trusty (and sometimes dusty) vinyl, Rob

Marcus Rattray

Marcus Rattray

Marcus presents Research Matters, every four weeks on Sundays at 1pm. Research Bradford has a great research community and they explain their ideas and what they do. And there’s always some music, reflecting an eclectic taste As an incomer to

Maureen Rowe

Maureen is a retired youth worker who has worked in the community for over 25 years. Her journey into volunteering on the radio came through supporting a group of young people from Bradford Youth Service. She enjoys listening to a

Sandra Rowe

Sandra loves African-Caribbean culture, music and arts, and especially enjoys reading African-Caribbean literature. Amongst her most memorable moments were hearing Maya Angelou do a reading at Ilkley Literature Festival, and going to the 2012 Olympics with members of her family

Joe Sheeran

Joe is a retired teacher/lecturer. He is married with lots of offspring, to the third generation. He was born in Ireland, and his partner is also from Ireland. He has been involved in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann – the Irish Music

Gail Simpkins

Gail co-presents Dime Time with Stevie Le Shaw. Gail also runs Al’s Dime Bar with Stevie, and can almost always be found rolling her eyes at his antics, or trying to get him to behave. Gail is a huge fan

Maria Spadafora

A Yellerbelly in Yorkshire, Maria has been wreaking havoc on the airwaves with Buffet since 2009. Buffet prides itself on serving up a nice spread every month, including everything from hardcore punk to cheesy listening. When not indulging her passion

Andy Suthers

Andy is a regular presenter of the monthly Equity Show covering lesbian and gay current affairs. He can also often be heard covering live events for BCB, including the annual Bradford Pride. Originally from Lancashire, Andy crossed the Pennines to

Michael Swires

Michael produces and presents The Equity Show, a monthly LGBT current affairs show, as well as presenting Sports Centre for some of the mid-week live sport fixtures on BCB. He was born and bred in Bradford and has always had

Mahmud Tarique

Mahmud has been at BCB for 15 years – he presents Bradford Spice, a music show in Urdu and Punjabi broadcast on Wednesdays, and has also presented a politics programme. In his spare time he likes to write poetry in

Donnel Usher

Donnel – Mr Charisma! – is fanatic about all music genres and positivity. He delivers the feelgood music every Friday afternoon to get you in the weekend mood. He’s been a volunteer with BCB for over three years, a keen

Rob Walsh

Rob Walsh presents Blowin.. ‘World-class music radio, Blowin plays what it likes, which is plenty.’  Or so he claims. In jazz ‘Blowin’ is, ‘..playing music in an unrestrained, unstructured, or improvisational style’. That’s him. Anyroad, find out for yourselves Sunday

Penny Wangari-Jones

Penny is a lively and active member of the Bradford community – you’ll often see her at events and activities that have the good of Bradford at heart. Based at an organisation called KIVCA, she currently heads the equalities and

Tina Watkin

Tina has been with us for 25 years enjoying chatting on the airwaves. Co-hosting the Afternoon Stetch with Alan Keeling, she chooses guests whilst he music. Always looking for new folk to interview, please let them know if you would

Cath Webber

Cath is a retired teacher and a governor at a local nursery school and children’s centre. She became interested in textiles heritage after attending a creative textiles class, and she volunteers for BCB and the National Trust. And along with

Clive Whittaker

Clive works for Bradford Community Voluntary Service as a Community Centre Support Worker. He has lived in Bradford since 1994 and presents the show With A Little Help From My Friends, which celebrates the joys of community in Bradford.

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