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Pirate BBC Essex Presenters S to T

Meet the team who will be aboard the LV18 bringing you Pirate BBC Essex 24 hours a day from Friday, 10, April till Monday, 13, April on medium wave and online.

Join Steve to celebrate Essex life

Join Steve to celebrate Essex life

Steve Scruton

Forty-five years ago when pirate radio started, Steve was tuned in to his tranny in the kitchen trying to get the best signal and telling Mum -"this is really special."

After working as a TV and radio engineer, Steve got behind the other side of the equipment, joining Southend based Essex Radio.

He was poached by the BBC in 1988, and was soon presenting the afternoon show on BBC Essex.

Steve came up with the idea of Pirate BBC Essex and with Ian and Tim was responsible for seeing his idea become reality in 2004

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Stuart met quite a few of the stars from the swinging 60s at the Civic Hall in Grays where they appeared. That’s because his dad ran the place.

Stuart remembers seeing the legendary Jimi Hendrix play there.

Stuart’s well known to BBC Essex listeners as the voice of Dagenham and Redbridge as a regular commentator and reporter. Stuart has also presented sports shows and recently presented Essex Country while Steve "Cowboy" Cherelle took his first Sunday off in seven years.

Stuart is making his Pirate BBC Essex debut in 09.

Keith Skues

Keith Skues

Keith Skues

Keith Skues is "the jewel in the crown of East Anglian radio" – that’s according to his fellow legend, the late John Peel, and to his thousands of fans.

He is the only broadcaster in the world to have completed broadcasting with Forces Radio, the pirates, Radio Luxembourg, independent local radio and BBC national, regional and local radio. 

His broadcasting career started the year the LV18 was built - both are in excellent form. Keith has just turned 70 and is the oldest swinger in the Pirate BBC Essex town.

Keith was an original Radio Caroline presenter, and also broadcast on Radio London, before joining the Radio 1 launch party. It was there his vast knowledge of popular music was crystallised in the award winning 'The Story of Pop.'

Keith was programme director of Sheffield ILR station Radio Hallam in the 70s and 80s, and rejoined the BBC in 1995.  He presents "Pirate Radio Skues" every Sunday across the East on local radio and is now in his 50th year of broadcasting.

Norman St John

Norman St John

Norman St John

Australian born Norman arrived in the UK in 1965 and was heard first on Radio City. He then joined Caroline in July 1965, initially as a newsreader, later moving on to presenting programmes.

When the Mi Amigo lost her anchor in January 1966, Norman was one of the DJs hauled ashore from Frinton-on-Sea beach.  On 5, July 1966 he joined rival Radio London, where he stayed until the following February.  After a spell at Radio Luxembourg, Norman returned to Australia and worked in radio and television there for about 10 years. He then went into the aviation business, obtaining a pilot’s licence and selling aircraft throughout Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.


Norman jets in from Down Under to appear on Pirate BBC Essex 09 – the ship is coming in, following his first appearance on Pirate BBC Essex in 2007.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan, or JT as he's known to his friends, has been a pirate radio fanatic for as long as he can remember.  He has worked for the BBC since 1988, and achieved his secret ambition when he helped out with the 2007 version of Pirate BBC Essex – "I operated the desk for Keith Hampshire" is his proud claim. Jonathan has also presented programmes on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, often with his wife, Sue.

He and his colleague Chris Woodward will also be providing technical support to Pirate BBC Essex over the Easter weekend.

This time Jonathan will be presenting his own show on Pirate BBC Essex.

last updated: 03/04/2009 at 13:23
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