Meet the team: Mark Sandell
I'm the one to blame if you don't like WHYS.
I came to the World Service after working at 5 Live , Radio 1, Capital and a station in Brighton then called Southern Sound.
Nothing i've ever done has meant more to me - or made me prouder- than World Have Your Say. When we won the Sony Gold (below) it was a very happy night.
and , ok then, quite a drunken one too.
Ok then, about me:
* I support West Ham and have been a season ticket holder for the last dozen. One of my boys has "Paolo" as a middle name in honour of Paolo Di Canio.
Here's a piece I wrote for a Hammers blog. (If you don't like bad language, don't click on it!)
* I'm also a big fan of Essex CCC and still get down to Chelmsford to watch them when I can.
* The podcasts i never miss are : The Word , which is one of my favourite magazines, The Bugle, which is just bloody funny, Adam and Joe (likewise) Fighting Talk and This American Life because i love the slow-paced but beautifully produced stories. In fact i'm not ashamed to say i've donated to help keep it going. It's just excellent radio.
* I first worked with Ros at 5 Live when I edited the Simon Mayo show. Ros was the first person who ever said the word "podcast" to me and i was impressed by how much he knew and I didn't. Our boss says we are the "Clough and Taylor" of radio, which will do for me, as long as I'm Clough.
It was Ros who christened me "Old Grandfather Radio" as I tend to go on about various events i've covered over the years (mainly Olympics and World Cups) and obviously bore people to distraction. People have been known to tiptoe out of the room when I'm in the middle of a rambling tale about South Korea or somewhere.