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The Radio Surgery uses
the services of a number of freelance industry professionals for its radio broadcasting courses and
services. All have a wealth of valuable information and
strong radio backgrounds.
Amongst the team, trainers have established and managed
full-time commercial radio stations, worked on BBC national and local radio... and of course presented programmes!
David founded The Radio
Surgery way back in 1999, but the story doesn't
start there, as he explains...
I've always been
passionate about radio. When giving talks to
groups I recall that a Christmas present of a
transistor radio got it all started! I
couldn't work out why listeners could get Radio Luxembourg at
night and not in the daytime. It turned out
that the station was there all the time, but
night-time conditions allowed the signal to reach
the UK far better after dusk.
In the 1980s I started
to realise that really local radio didn't
exist. Radio just for one town, or small
communities. Discovering that the law didn't
allow it, I decided to prove a point and ran a pirate
radio station in a small West Yorkshire market town.
Apart from music, programme content included Job
Centre staff reading out vacancies and even a
local vicar giving a trendy 'pause for thought' each
Sunday! Having been raided and given a
nominal fine (Job Centre staff and the vicar were
passed over!), I continued to campaign for 'community
radio'. Following national press and local TV
coverage of the pirate radio station, I gained
freelance work with BBC local radio - later
producing 'packages' for national Radio 5.
By the 1990s I had
resurrected the pirate station, this time legally,
using temporary licences. By 2000 I'd also run
three trial licences in East Lancashire, brought
together a group of people and bid for a full-time
licence. We won it and
2BR was formed.
As Launch Director and presenter, these were
Next up was Blackburn
and the surrounding area. Here, I assisted
with the licence bid and once again it was
successful. So, I now found myself moving ship
and presenting on The Bee.
My links with the two
stations still remain, being a shareholder in
national radio group UKRD - who now own both 2BR and
Editor, Steve, has
worked on a host of UK and overseas radio stations.
Including, Mercury, Q103, Hereward, Fresh, 2BR, Radio
Caroline, Radio Luxembourg and Israel's The Voice of
Peace. He's currently on air here in East
his experience, Steve will weave together a demo
that will hopefully jump out at Programme
Controllers! Steve is also your man if you
would like training with digital editing, or your
existing show links to be appraised.
The Radio Surgery's Myriad trainer is
currently manager of two north-west commercial radio
stations. Simon has assisted stations by
training staff how to use the Myriad system - from
basic operation, through to the scheduling of
music and the creation of 'clocks'. Contact
The Radio Surgery if you need assistance with Myriad
- from initial customising, to general maintenance.
In addition, The Radio Surgery calls upon the
expertise of Scott Read and Diane Bramall for its
radio journalism training.
The radio training courses have been operating since 1999, so please see our