Ridge Radio – Presenter of the Month – September 2020

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This month we would like to introduce you to Richard Hay, better known as DJ Ricardo, our September Presenter in the Spotlight.
Tune in for his Soul & Reggae Show Tuesday evenings 7:00pm to 9:00pm
We asked him the following questions:

How and when did you become involved at Ridge Radio?
I contacted Ridge Radio myself after giving up my football refereeing role. I’d heard about the radio station and went on to the web to find the contact details. I made contact and was invited into an informal meeting, after which I was offered a slot on Tuesday prime time 7 – 9pm. I commenced my training in September 2016 and started broadcasting soon after. It was nerve racking as it is completely different to DJing in clubs and parties. I think I’ve now got the hang of it and enjoy preparing and delivering my weekly show.

What technology innovation has made the most impact on your life?
Face time as it’s free and you can make contact wherever you are in the world and you can see the person you contacted. How smart is that!

What is something you are great at cooking?
My mum taught me how to cook and she was an excellent cook. My speciality dish is Chilli corned beef with baked beans and rice. So easy to do.

Has your taste in music changed over the years?
No. I’ve always preferred Soul, RnB, Blues and Reggae music. I do however, like other genres of music such as House & Garage, Afro Beats and Grime. I also love Motown music. I was influenced greatly by my Father – he was a lover of music and dance. My Father built speaker boxes, amplifiers and played at parties.
All my 5 brothers are DJs and we had a family sound system many years ago playing across south London at house parties and clubs.
Since joining Ridge Radio – I’ve started playing again at parties and clubs which I thoroughly enjoy and my wife Jan is my roadie and producer of my weekly show, in conjunction with my son Producer Dash aka Anthony Hay.

You’re granted three wishes but none of them can directly benefit you. What would those wishes be?
No poverty across the world, people in some countries are going hungry which in the 21st Century is not right.
No racial hatred, George Floyd’s death was obnoxious and horrendous. As Bob Marley said let’s judge a person by the contents of their character not the colour of their skin.
No pollution of the world, lockdown has shown what we are inflicting on the world environment, having less cars, airplanes was great and in India they could actually see the Himalayas without the smog!

In your opinion, what is the most beautiful place on earth?
Negril in Jamaica, especially 7 mile beach which is rated in the top 10 of beaches in the world. I feel free when I’m there, with not a care in the world. The weather, food and people are rather good too.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Defence Barrister working in the Crown and High Courts. I have partly fulfilled my dream because I have been a Magistrate for the last 26 years.

What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?
At the moment it is ‘Just Eat’ with Snoop Dog.

60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s which decade do you love the most and why?
The 70’s as I was a teenager then and went to various night clubs and the way both men and women dressed. Flares, Tank tops, Topper shoes, Satin Jackets. Disco music was big then and I fancied myself as a good dancer.

Finally, if you could see one movie again for the first time, what would it be and why?
Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. I’ve seen it so many times and I still find it amusing. Also, when I was younger, I was (mainly when abroad) mistaken for Eddie Murphy. One person even recommended I joined a look alike agency.

If you think you might be able to present a radio show, we are looking for daytime presenters, email Andy Mac at andy@ridgeradio.co.uk for more information.

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