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BBC Radio Devon's Howard James

BBC Radio Devon's Howard James

Howard James

Howard's an early riser - with an alarm call booked for 2.30am when most of us are still fast asleep. He presents the Saturday edition of Daybreak, a mix of information, music and cheery banter.

"The best job in the world" is how Howard describes his present position as presenter of 'Daybreak' on BBC Radio Devon.

"It's taken a long time to get here," he says, "...in fact more years than I care to mention.

"Since I was about 10-years-old, radio has been part of my world. I remember disappearing under the bedclothes to listen to Radio Luxembourg. Then I became hooked and decided that's what I wanted to do as a job."

On the beach

Howard taking in some fresh seaside air.

Howard also practised at being a DJ by commandeering his aunt's radiogram - cueing up records and ruining a few styli in the process!!

Howard heralds from the east Midlands area and moved to Devon in the 1970s.

"Surprisingly I didn't get involved in real radio, opting for a job in the retail electrical industry instead," he says.

"Hospital Radio Exeter then came my way and I was presenting there for about 20 years from 1974.

"I still hankered for a job in 'real radio' until landing an evening position at the former Devonair station in Exeter, working behind the scenes.

Out and about

Howard frequently reports from events in Devon.

"From there I moved on to commercial radio in north Devon and Somerset."

Howard's big break came around 1995 when he had a call to staff the phones for what was then the Late Night Sou'west programme.

"I still have time for my second love which is mobile DJ-ing across the county and believe it or not there's still time for my third love which is motoring," he says.

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