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Tony Gillham became inseparable from radio when, as a lad, he would spend hours tuning into crackly short wave broadcasts from around the world.
At this time it was just a hobby. Then along came the pirate radio stations in the 60s and everything changed! That was it!
Tony knew he had found his vocation. Still only in his early teens, he set about getting onto radio.
"My first stop was the local hospital radio station where I managed to get a weekly show reviewing all the new singles," he says.
"The show ran for eight years during which time I also set up my own cable station - broadcasting to the neighbours."
Following an apprenticeship in electronic engineering (which proved very useful in later years), Tony managed to get a job working as a DJ in Scandinavian night clubs.
From there he sent off tapes to the new commercial stations in the UK before returning to England in the mid 70s to join UBN - a radio station in a biscuit factory!!!
Eventually, after being spotted by a plugger from a record company, Tony was recommended to Radio Tees in Cleveland which was on the lookout for a new breakfast presenter. Tony got the job and he was on his way.
"Over the years I've broadcast on various commercial and BBC stations around the UK. In the mid 80s I regularly presented the early breakfast show on BBC Radio 2."
last updated: 22/08/07
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