2XS Logo From 2002, I was proud to run radio2XS. By 2017, we had been tuned-into 16 million times and the website regularly attracted between 1 and 1.5 million hits per month. We attracted much attention from national media, including Channel 4 TV who filmed one of our 'Barn Sessions', and The Guardian. We even provided the after-gig party music for Coldplay's Earl's Court concert.

During the 90s, I was the afternoon DJ at Yorkshire's market leader, Hallam FM, where I launched my own Sunday evening show of live sessions and New Music called 'XS'. The show was nominated for a Sony Radio Award and became famed for its somewhat anarchic full-on live sessions, including one with an emerging new band called 'Travis'.

In 1984, I started my own station in Northern Italy. LBC Music Radio was a 'border-blaster', broadcasting into neighbouring Switzerland which ahd no commercal radio at the time. It was hugely succcesful, becoming most-listened-to music station in the area.

When Lancashire's Red Rose Radio was planning to split its FM and AM output, Dave Lincoln and Mark Matthews offered me weekends at their new Rock FM. While there, I also started a Sunday evening album show called 'Q-Rock'.

I took over Radio Clyde's mid-morning show in 1978, where I am proud to say I achieved the station's highest half-hours outside Breakfast - no mean feat for the 'token sassenach'! Later, I also presented and produced 'Midnight Rock', becoming the first commercial radio DJ to broadcast local lads Simple Minds and a then-unknown Sheffield band called Heaven 17.

It was a 'no-brainer' when Nottingham's Radio Trent went on the air in 1975 and committed itself to a late-night free-form album show! In those 'pre-genre' days, I played everything from rock to jazz, folk and country, with guests as varied as Ian Gillan, Robert Palmer and The Chieftains. A highlight was beating BBC Radio 1's John Peel to an exclusive play of the new Mike Oldfield album 'Ommadawn'.