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Chris Aldridge

Christmas 1972 was a life-changing time for Chris as he unwrapped his first transistor radio and decided to become a Radio Luxembourg DJ, like Steve Wright, or a BBC radio announcer.

Armed with a maths degree and hospital radio experience, he convinced the BBC to take him on as a studio manager. His duties included archiving many hours of Hitler's speeches from the 1930s; spending the whole day on a crutch in a Radio 3 Drama studio as the sound effect of Paul Eddington's wooden leg; and being one of Steve Wright's Afternoon Boys.

Chris spent time as a producer for Radio 5 then joined the Radio 4 announcer team in 1995 and became senior announcer in 2003; recently he spent a year on secondment as one of the founding presenters for the BBC's training course for new staff.

Chris is married with two children; as a family they are members of their local Baptist Church and in spare moments Chris likes digital photography, playing the piano, jogging in moderation and speaking to local groups on the mysteries of the Shipping Forecast.

And Chris's tip for being a successful announcer? "Remembering that silence is a powerful tool on Radio 4. To quote Oscar Wilde, 'He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.'"