Ridge Radio – Presenter of the Month – July 2020

Ridge Radio broadcasts from Soper Hall in Caterham Valley, we have 45 volunteer presenters who broadcasting 24/7 over the internet.

If you don’t already listen, here are a few easy ways to start. Either go to the website www.ridgeradio.co.uk and click ‘Listen Live’ or download our free Apple or Android Mobile App, it allows you to hear us anywhere in the country. At home, if you have an Alexa enabled device you can listen by asking ‘Alexa Install Ridge Radio’.

Just like every other business we have been in lockdown since March, with many of our shows being recorded from the homes of presenters, and scheduled to played remotely.
From 4th July we intend to begin broadcasting live from the studio, working under the government Covid-19 guidelines.

Not all of the shows will be able to go live as we have a number of volunteers in high risk vulnerable groups, but we are hoping as the virus recedes, we can get back to a full live schedule.

If you are a local Charity, have an interesting story to tell, or a Local Band or Artist, then please contact us to come in and share your music and interesting stories.
E-mail: info@ridgeradio.co.uk

This month we would like to introduce you to Rebecca Bird, our July presenter in the spotlight, her regular Monday afternoon music show is, Rebecca on Ridge Midday to 2:00pm.

Tell us a little bit about your show and how you came to be involved with Ridge Radio?
My show is an indulgent mix of my favourite music. I have a fairly eclectic taste which spans the last six decades. My daughter, Natalie, first introduced me to Ridge Radio, as she co-hosted a Sunday afternoon show with a friend. After I had recovered from a series of exceptionally long and life threatening illnesses, I decided that life was too short not to try anything and everything, and in particular things that might be classed as ‘scary’! That was over 6 years ago, just after the birth of my first grandchild in May 2014.

What’s your earliest memory of music?
That is a difficult question to answer as I was surrounded by music constantly. My brother, who is eleven years older than me, has always had a passion for music and played records (loudly) in his bedroom. As a treat I would be allowed in his room to choose a record or two, but this was always on the proviso that I had to listen to what he wanted to play for me too. What an introduction to the likes of Genesis, Deep Purple and David Bowie!
My father was a classical pianist, and so completed the other side of the coin as he would only entertain classical music, both as a pianist and on vinyl.

What’s your favourite song to unwind to after a hard day?
A favourite would entirely depend on the reason for the day being hard! It could be that playing Muse on max volume would do the trick, or maybe something more to sing along to and get me out of a headspace – Bjork perhaps or some Kate Bush. If I’m tired and need a pick-me-up then some Pendulum might just be the thing!

If you could add a word to the dictionary what would you add and what would it mean?
What a great question! Sadly, I don’t have a great answer!

What is your favourite time of the day and why?
My favourite time of the day is late evening when all is quiet. Before I lived alone it was the time when everyone in the house was asleep, and my train of thought would not be interrupted by the phone. I like the darkness and the world seems calmer and more still.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
Supernatural creature? Well, as a life-long Pagan it would have to be the flying-on-a-broomstick witch! It would save a fortune on petrol!

What skill do you think everyone should have?
The quality everyone should possess is compassion.

If you could change places with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Change places with anyone in the world – why would I want to?

If you could be guaranteed one thing in life (besides money), what would it be?
If I could be guaranteed one thing it would be that my children, and grandchildren live happy and healthy lives. This includes all my animals, to whom I am Nana!

Thank you.
Ridge Radio welcomes local listeners as well as listeners from around the world, if you can tune in to Rebecca on Monday afternoon’s you will be delighted by her bright cheery nature and eclectic taste in music.
If you think you might be able to present a radio show we are looking for daytime presenters email Andy Mac andy@ridgeradio.co.uk

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