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Seasons In The Sun

John Sparrow

I joined Castledown FM way back in 2006 before the FM launch, when we were on “internet only” for a year, “broadcasting” from the port-a-cabin behind the The Wellington Academy sports centre.

Prior to that, I had been along to the station, to see Phil Harding from Time Team cut the ribbon and launch the internet service. When we did launch on FM, I was floor manager looking after the live acts in the sports hall.

I joined up to be a presenter to help me with my memory, amongst other reasons. I was Group Scout Leader at 1st Tidworth before I joined, but couldn’t do both “volunteer” jobs at once. Trained by Baz Reilly I was soon let loose onto the radio, my longest running show was five years doing 3 hours every Saturday morning, that was fun!

After many years on air I started to look after outside broadcast events, and was eventually elected as Vice Chairman and joined the Board of Directors. Not satisfied with two job’s I also helped with the engineering side, since my day job involves electronics/audio and software. All very useful!

Moving the studios in two weeks was a bit of a challenge. Since then I have become a jack of all trades at the station, doing everything except a regular live show.

Until now, that is! 


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