The career I never had. Ever since my mother told me I had the looks for radio, I thought I'd be a radio DJ.
Apart from a few years on Hospital Radio Stafford, and then various shows on university radio at Lancaster, it was never to be. I did some voice-over work for Andy Marriott when he was at Leicester Sound, and wrote an article in the Independent (in 1995) on radio djs.
So although no longer aspiring to be involved in radio, it remains a strong interest - especially American radio.
As a quick taster, we begin with a classic aircheck from my old pal Andre Gardner at KEGL "The Eagle" in Dallas a few years back. He's now at WMGK, Philadelphia.
To hear great American jingles, visit the Radio IDs page. There are some classic top-of-the hour cuts there, plus montages for free download.
Also visit The Bob Dinan Jingle Podcast which is updated every few days with new audio - jingles and airchecks, plus occasional rants.
Andre Gardner on the Eagle
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