Personalities that support Castle Mead Radio
We are delighted that the impressionist Jon Culshaw has kindly shown his support to Castle Mead Radio.
Jon is regarded as the best impressionist in the UK. With a repertoire of over 350 impressions he is well known to TV viewers for shows such as the award winning Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, Countdown to the Comedy Awards, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Alter Ego, Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown and Spitting Image where he provided the voices to over forty characters.
Jon is a keen and informed amateur astronomer and as such is one of the team of The Sky At Night and the BBC’s Stargazing Live and for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee he had the privilege of co-hosting two fantastic concerts at Hyde Park with Myleene Klass.
Dead Ringers was originally transmitted on Radio 4 before transferring to television where it won the Best Political Satire Award at the Political Studies Association Awards and on radio it won a British Comedy Award for ‘Best Radio Comedy’, the Sony Gold Radio Academy Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for ‘Best Radio Programme’.
The unique format of Alter Ego was commissioned by ITV and enjoyed three specials. This was Jon’s own impression show in which he interviewed celebrities as themselves. As part of Children in Need, Jon took take part in a sketch as Ozzy Osbourne along with the real Ozzy and as Tony Blair with the real Tony Blair at Downing Street.
Variety – the children’s charity recently honoured Jon with a Variety Appreciation Award in recognition of his charitable support of the charity and his outstanding career in the entertainment industry.
Jon’s other television credits include 2DTV (ITV1), Little Britain (BBC1), Happy Birthday Brucie! (BBC1), Parkinson (BBC and ITV1), Doctor Who Confidential (BBC3), The Royal Variety Performance (BBC and ITV1), We Are Most Amused to mark the Prince of Wales 60th Birthday (ITV) Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1), Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (BBC1) and Peter Cook, A Post-humorous Tribute (BBC1)
As an actor, he filmed a one-off comedy drama for the BBC called Kombat Opera Presents and most recently starred as King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot in the West End to much critical acclaim.
Jon first made international headlines by calling the switchboard of no. 10 Downing Street after fooling the operators with his ‘William Hague’ impression. He then found he was talking directly to former Prime Minster, Tony Blair, live on London’s Capital FM, from 10 Downing Street. The incident was later reported in Hansard.
Little Britain star Anthony Head has shown his support for Castle Mead Radio by sponsoring Craig Adams Time and Space show which airs Friday evenings.
Anthony is a patron of the Max Appeal and was founded by parents of children diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS/22q11.2 deletion. They are a small national charity, run almost exclusively by a group of dedicated volunteers backed up with a knowledgeable panel of medical professionals. Max had a short life but Max Appeal is a charity with a vibrant life of its own.
A face well known to our tv screens Anthony is probably best known for playing the Prime Minister in the comedy series Little Britain. Of more recent times he has played Uther, the father of Arthur in the BBC series Merlin.
Paul Gardner, station manager said he was absolutely delighted that Anthony had contacted the station to show his support and hopefully soon will be able to arrange an interview when Mr Head is not quite so busy.
Richard Cadell who presents Sooty and his friends were so impressed with the dedication of the staff at Britain’s smallest hospital radio station that Sooty and sweep wanted to show their support for us.
Richard told us that years ago he used to spend some time at Radio Leicester and loved doing a bit of radio as well as disco DJ. Sooty’s previous owner Matthew Corbett retired in 1998, bequeathing Sooty to then co-star Richard Cadell, who presented the show through another five series, at first under the name Sooty Heights, then under the name, Sooty, both set at a hotel. In June 2008 it was announced that Richard Cadell had bought the rights to Sooty, which had been put up for sale by HIT Entertainment in October 2007. Plans for three new TV show formats – a sitcom-style show similar to previous series, featuring the gang working at a handyman agency, a live variety show and a pre-school game show – were under way, plus a reworking of one of Matthew Corbett’s stage shows.
Richard also has links with Hinckley as he has played in Pantomimes in the town as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington, Wishee Washee in Aladdin and Buttons in Cinderella. He was in town recently to attend a special gala performance of the pantomime marking 4o years of pantomime at the Concordia Theatre.
Station Manager Paul Gardner told us that he was delighted that Richard, Sooty and Sweep were showing their support for the station and hoped one day Richard would find time in his busy schedule to call in soon.
David is best known for his work on the classic series of Doctor Who and also the voices behind the Daleks. He was also the voices of Parker, Brains, Gordon Tracy, and Kyrano in the original television series of Thunderbirds and its spin-off films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6. He had roles in several other Gerry Anderson productions, including Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and The Secret Service. We are happy that David supports our small station and are happy to be associated with him.
Michael Barber has been actively involved in the film and Television Industry for several years. He has recently gained notoriety for his portrayal as a key member of CID, D.C Poirot in the BBC’s cult hit Ashes to Ashes.
Michael has also worked on numerous Harry Potter movies, and in one scene in particular he was re-united with and working alongside David Tennant who he had previously worked with in Doctor Who in the episode entitled Shakespeares Code.
Michael was delighted to be asked to endorse the work of Castle Mead Radio on his visit to the station at the end of May. He talked about his work and the various roles he has played so far. He was full of praise for the professionalism of the station considering it is Britain’s smallest hospital radio station. He has promised a return visit soon!
Simon Fisher-Becker is perhaps best known as a character actor specialising in comedy. His many acting credits include Dorium Maldovar in Doctor Who and The Fat Friar in the Harry Potter films. He has more than 25 years experience as an actor in theUK, Europe and Japan. Simon is equally at home in front of a live audience or camera. He has a particular talent for improvisation.
Simon is happy to be associated with Britain’s smallest hospital radio station and fully supports the station in its endeavours’ to entertain the patients and staff of the hospital. He has Kindly Sponsored Craig Adam’s ‘Travels in Time and Space Show’ every Friday evening.
For more information about Simon’s work visit his website at http://www.fisherbecker.info/
A big supporter of voluntary work, Tim was happy to endorse the work of Castle Mead Radio in Hinckley hospital. “making the patient’s stay in hospital a pleasant one is so important” Tim told us. “Hospital radio really does help pass the long hours that a hospital day brings” Lots of personalities in the celebrity spotlight once started their career’s in hospital radio. Tim is a well known face on the TV. You may have seen him a few years ago on QVC the Shopping Channel. Of late you can catch him presenting technology regularly on the Argos TV channel. Tim has a easy way of explaining how new technology works which has made him a much sort after presenter. Tim is also a fully trained actor and performer. Check out more details for Tim at http://www.timgoodwin.co.uk/Welcome.html
Matt started his broadcast career in 2000 at Castle Mead Radio and soon developed a love of journalism. Working with other station members he established a Saturday news bulletin service, often beating local radio competitors to a story.
Months later he began working as a freelance journalist across the Midlands, and after a university degree took up a full time position at Beacon FM in the West Midlands. From there Matt progressed to the role of Senior Journalist at Century Radio in Manchester.
In 2010 he moved to the BBC in Yorkshire working as a desk editor at Radio Leeds and Radio York, before transferring his skills to television in 2011 where he now works as a broadcast journalist at ITV Yorkshire. Matt can be seen on screen working as a reporter and correspondent, but also behind the scenes acting up as News Editor. Matt is due to take up a secondment at ITN later this year.
Matt has always been passionate about hospital radio, and regularly keeps in touch with members at CMR offering help and advice where he can. The station acts as an essential lifeline for patients in hospital, who may otherwise feel isolated. It is also the very best training ground for anyone seeking a media career. Matt is hoping to visit the station later this year.
Jim lee comes from a very strong radio background beginning his radio career at Anker hospital Radio in Nuneaton. He then took up full time broadcasting with the advent of Mercia Sound in Coventry in the early 1980′s. He has also worked on BBC GWR. These days Jim can be heard on BBC Radio Four, The World Service, and also reading the news on BBC Radio 2. Jim called into Castle Mead Radio a few years back and has been a big supporter and trustee of the station. His wide knowledge of radio has become invaluable aid to the station.
Kenny has been associated with Castle Mead Radio since day one when he officially opened the station in November 1990. A very popular presenter who at the time was presenting the breakfast show on Leicester Sound. With his close links to Castle Mead Radio he presented the mid morning show when Fosseway radio trailed their RSL services from the CMR studio’s in 1996. Kenny later went on the present the Fosseway breakfast show from 1998 with a very popular following. Kenny still likes to keep in touch with the station and is planning a regular slot with us soon.
Mark is a well known and much liked local broadcaster who has worked in commercial radio and hospital radio alike. He has presented on Anker hospital radio in Nuneaton. In 1992 he came to Castle Mead Radio to present the Tuesday mix. Later through his connection with Castle Mead Radio he got to be part of Fosseway radio’s RSL’s that were trailed from CMR’s studio’s in 1996. Mark continue’s to work on the local commercial station Oak FM and is a trustee of Castle Mead Radio. Mark also owns and maintains a local website Hinckley Info. see more at http://www.hinckley-info.co.uk/
Sally started her radio career at Castle Mead Radio way back in 1994. A keen Leicester City supporter, Sally went on to assist Kenny Hague on the Fosseway Radio Breakfast show in 1999. Sally can be heard most day’s on BBC Radio Leicester with traffic reports from Area Traffic Control. She recalls her time on Britain’s smallest hospital radio as fun and exciting and still supports the station today.
Arriving at Castle Mead Radio at just sixteen years old, Andy quickly showed that he was enthusiastic to take the station into new area’s. It was Andy that successfully negotiated a grant which allowed the building of new studios in unused roof space in the hospital. In 1996 Andy along with some fellow members created Fosseway Radio and did two highly successful RSL’s from the new studio’s. Andy then went on to do several RSL’s for Linc’s Fm before joining the GMG group. He has been responsible for the a lot of the branding and success of the Real Radio group and the Smooth Radio Brand. Andy looks back at his early radio day’s at Castle Mead Radio with affection and happy memories!
Danyl Johnson began his journey to fame in August 2009 when he participated in The X Factor, where he subsequently ended up coming 4th. He amazed the audience, and judges alike, with his version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” which has since become a YouTube sensation with over 21 million views. He also took part in the 2010 X Factor tour which had over a staggering 40 dates. Happy to show his support for Castle Mead Radio, Danyl has kept himself busy after The X Factor, and kept in contact with his fans touring around theUK and Ireland. Danyl has been recording new material and his album, Secrets, is out now.