My first BBC Radio Wales broadcast was on 15 October 1993. It's astonishing to me that it has been that long. Time goes quickly when you're enjoying yourself, and this role has never been anything less than enjoyable.
At last weekend's Swn Festival, I played Camera's Hurt 7" at 2am and there was a bit of a kerfuffle on the dancefloor. It rather reminded me that many great singles have passed through my needle (gramophone) or errant CD players in the last two decades. I thought that this anniversary would be a good opportunity to share them with you.
The initial 'short'-list amounted to over 500 tracks. I fret over my end of year programmes so you can imagine how difficult it was for me to condense TWENTY YEARS' worth of great singles into one three-hour show.
My only criterion was purely egotistical: which of the songs had I enjoyed the most? And that's it.
There are many great Welsh singles that I haven't been able to squeeze in, glaring omissions from the likes of Llwybr Llaethog, Los Campesinos, Tystion and Soft-Hearted Scientists.
But to encompass them, and the other great singles I wasn't able to feature, I'd have needed a six-hour show and World Service were unwilling to give me the extra shelf space.
Some people may be surprised that there is no Manic Street Preachers here. They were a band whose records never really engaged with me (up until their recent, outstanding headline appearance at Festival No. 6).
Neither do Stereophonics feature. I liked their first demo and some of the tracks on their debut album, and Kelly, Stuart and Richard were always remarkably accommodating and gracious with me. However their music left me cold. Maybe it was the naked jingoism of their (legendary) Cardiff Castle gig or my sense that Kelly just never looks like he's enjoying himself.
I'm sure they're not remotely bothered, but given the gravity and importance of both bands to Wales - and south Wales, in particular - I do feel as though some explanation for their absence is due.
What is in there is a glorious box full of the sounds that have inspired, elevated and (sometimes) shocked me over the last 20 years.
Thank you to every one who has ever taken the trouble to send me music. Even the godawful stuff that doesn't get anywhere near my airwaves serves to underline just how great the great stuff really is.
And let's focus - for three hours at least - on the greatest of that great stuff.
Y NIWL - 'Un'
GEORGIA RUTH - 'Week Of Pines'
RADIO LUXEMBOURG - 'Mostyn A Diego'
JARCREW - 'Paris & The New Math'
MURRY THE HUMP - 'Cracking Up'
KEYS, THE - 'Fire Inside'
TRWBADOR - 'Off Beat'
DIDZ & CHICO - 'Something New'
AFTERNOONS, THE - 'A Change In Season'
TOPPER - 'Something To Tell Her'
ZYGOTIC MYNCI - 'Patio Song'
JEN JENIRO - 'Dolphin Pinc A Melyn'
COLORAMA - 'Sound'
IFAN DAFYDD - 'Treehouse (EP
- 'Standard Love Affair'
BASTIONS - 'Crooked Hands'
DUB WAR - 'Mental'
GENOD DROOG - 'Genod
MANSUN - 'I Can Only Disappoint U'
MELYS - 'Chinese Whispers'
Capel Curig/Betws Y Coed
ECTOGRAM - 'Adennydd A Sylltau (Single
60FT DOLLS - 'Stay'
CAMERA - 'Hurt'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Manchasm'
GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leppard'
ISLET - 'Powys'
BIG LEAVES - 'Dal Fy
CATATONIA - 'Sweet
SCHOOL, THE - 'Is He Really Coming
SWEET BABOO - 'If I Died Would You
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'The Greatest
Light Is The Greatest Shade'
MCLUSKY - 'To Hell
With Good Intentions'
CUBARE - 'Punx Snot Dead, It Just Sux Now'
AKIRA THE DON - 'Oh! (What A Glorious
EUROS CHILDS - 'That's Better'
FLYSCREEN - 'Pop Song Sing A Long'
GRUFF RHYS - 'Gwn Mi Wn'
THREATMANTICS - 'Don't Care'
HELEN LOVE - 'Does Your
Heart Go Boom?'
SATURDAY'S KIDS -
'Whisper In My Ear'
LIBERTY 37 -
RICHARD JAMES - 'When You See Me (In The
Croes - Y - Ceiliog
CATE LE BON - 'Sad Sad Feet'
THE - 'Red Thongs'
ZABRINSKI - 'Executive
KENTUCKY AFC - 'Bodlon (Dance Mix)'
METABEATS - 'The Snap Featuring
Mudmowth, Rtkal & Ruffstylz (Radio Edit)'
SEX HANDS - 'Way No Way'
DERRERO - 'Radar Intruder'
CAVES, THE - 'Wow Machine'
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS - 'Ysbeidiau Heulog'
KLAUS KINSKI - 'Caesar'
H. HAWKLINE - 'You Say You Love