Luke presents the Saturday Breakfast show on Chelmsford Community Radio every Saturday from 8-11am, playing the soundtrack to start your weekend, with a mixture of music and chat from the topics from the past few days.
What was your first radio memory?
When I was 6 years old, a friend of mine had a small (and I mean small) radio transmitter. It was only strong enough to broadcast to the house we were in, but we made the most of it. We set up a laptop and played music to our parents listening downstairs, and even invited our next door neighbours over to listen.
This went on for about 6 months until the transmitter broke and as 6 year olds, weren’t financially stable enough to buy another one (along with the licences we found out we had to own too)
My dreams were shattered…
Until I turned 17 and joined Hospital Radio Chelmsford…
How did you first get into radio?
… I had found out about Hospital Radio Chelmsford when I was 15 but was told I was too young to join, so had to do the gruelling task of waiting 2 years. On the day of my 17th birthday, I resent my application and joined later that year after my first year at College had finished. I joined the Tuesday night request show; going round the wards speaking to patients and collecting their requests and playing them on the radio between 8:30pm and 10pm. I did that from October 2012 to February 2014, then went on to present my own show straight after the Tuesday night request show from 10pm-midnight called The Late One with Luke, which I did up until July 2015 when I left the station.
I joined CCR in August of 2014 covering for Garry Ormes who presented The Friday Feeling Show. After a few weeks of covering him, I was no longer free Friday evenings to do the show. I was offered the Monday Wake Up slot from 6am-7:30am and presented that from around October to middle of February 2015. Then, the mighty Dan & Sam left Saturday morning and somehow, the bosses at CCR thought it was a good idea to have me follow in their footsteps. But here I am today, still presenting that Saturday morning slot. Or as Studio Matt keeps teasing me, I’m “filling in for a while until someone comes along to fill the slot… Yeah, thanks Matt…
What is your favourite song ever?
I cannot whittle it down to just one song, as there are many great songs out there. I’d say, from this decade it would have to be Magic! – Rude. Doesn’t seem to get boring, even after the amount of times I listen to it…
What three songs would you take to a Desert Island?
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream, Simon & Garfunkel – I am a Rock (I am an Island) and Sammy Hagar – All We Need Is An Island. See the link…?
What is your ambition?
My ambition is to be in radio. I love music, I love talking, so what better way to mix the 2 than be be on the radio?
Twitter: @lukedbarnard. Or, @CCRSatBreakfast.
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