NIGEL PEACOCK

I was brought up on the BBC Home Service and the Light Programme from the wireless in the lounge, where the valves took time to warm up.

The pirates from the sixties were my ‘youth’, as well as listening to ‘Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg’ on one of those new-fangled transistor battery radios.

My first venture in to broadcasting was in the early seventies with Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, at the tender age of 17 and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working at several radio stations, including Invicta Radio (Canterbury) and KFM (Tonbridge), the latter where I was one of the founder directors, shareholders and broadcaster.

With volunteer radio, I was company secretary for a time at CRMK Community Radio Milton Keynes, one of the first community based radio stations in the country.

Locally, I joined the 107 Meridian FM team at the start and was the first station manager when the station launched on FM in 2010, hosting the weekday mid-morning programme for several months.

Some time away from East Grinstead working on a small island in the Pacific (don’t ask) and as a volunteer with the short lived DAB station Redstone FM in Redhill, took me away from Meridian for a time.

I re-joined the station at the end of 2015 and look forward to being part of the great local team. You may even hear me on air occasionally – try and keep me away !