Our Presenters @ AcaciaRadio.com
Music Styles: 50s to 90s music
I first started work in radio by means of a radio presenters course run by Ashfield Community Radio under the banners of "Kirkby Diamond", "Sutton Sundial " and "Hucknalls" Radio as well as more general broadcasts to the whole of the Ashfield Area.
I have also had links with other Local Community Radio Shows
as well as some links with commercial radio outside the Notts Area.
I did my first Broadcast for Acacia Radio on the 17th March 2011 along with 2 other original presenters Mike Jackson and Horace who are still presenting for Acacia Radio.
Please tune in every Tuesday 2:00pm – 5:00pm for
Brian Ford's Backtracks Show.
Music Style: Eclectic mix of music from the 40s to the noughties.
I've always loved music & comedy, after completing a radio
course at the Acacia Centre I decided I would like to have a go at presenting a show.
I have experience in theatrical staging including, building of scenery,
artistic work, lighting fx, some sound fx and I have also been active on the acting side too.
Please tune in every Tuesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm for Heavier than Time and every Sunday 12pm - 2pm for Random Country
Music Style: Northen Soul & Tamla Motown
I have been playing northern soul and Motown for the last 44 years after getting hooked playing his brothers records, his first DJ spot was at the age of 14 at the school disco.
Please tune in every Wednesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm for Paul Lightly's Motown & Northern Soul Show.
Music Style: Popular Music
Russell has been broadcasting on radio since 2006. His tastes in music are varied having run his own mobile disco for nearly 30 years.
His current project on Acacia Radio is the GOLDEN YEARS which takes its audience on a journey through the history of popular music.
Please tune in every Sunday 4:00pm – 6:00pm for
Russell Walter's Golden Years.
Music Style: Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll though 60's Beat & R&B to Northern Soul
I have always loved Rock 'n' Roll music since I found my Mum & Dad’s record collection in my early youth. I used to play their records on a large radiogram which was the size of a side board in the living room and this soon got me into collecting vinyl records spending many hours in record shops in Mansfield & Nottingham.
By the time I had left school my musical taste had moved to the 1960's & the Mod culture but my vinyl collecting remained as important. By the mid 80's I had found Northern Soul and I started Djing on the Northern Soul scene, moving into hosting music quizzes in the 90's and I became interested in radio after attending a course at the Acacia Centre.
You might say "so why a Mods & Rockers show?" well I feel that all music came from the raw Blues & Hillbilly sounds in the deep south of America. There is a fine line between Rock 'n' Roll and the music that the Mods listened to and in our show we aim to play the extremities of both cultures as well as the tracks that cross that fine line.
Please tune in every Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm for
The Saturday Selection with Ian and Shaun & every Monday 6:00pm - 8:00pm for The Mods & Rockers Show with Shaun and Mark.
Music Styles: Soul & Funk
Listening to and playing has always been a large part of my life.
I Remember in 1974 spending my birthday money on my first record, aged just 7, which I played on repeat on the family radiogram to escape the household's staple diet of either Tom Jones or Slim Whitman, and record buying soon became a common occurrence, albeit at jumble sales due to relying on pocket money for funds.
While I can listen to pretty much anything, the Mod revival of'79 introduced me to soul music as school discos began to play Motown and soul alongside 60s beat and ska instead of pop. By 1983 I was immersed in the UK scooter scene and began attending rallies around the country at which ex-Wigan Casino DJs played their records at the all-nighters there.
There was so much music played that I hadn't heard before. Of course, there was a record bar conveniently placed in the venue and on the rally camp site and each scooter rally saw my record collection increase, although never as much as my wants list.
In between rallies, which were held about 3 weeks apart, there would be scooterist nights' organised by clubs in the region and Newark was no exception, so when we organised our event I was usually on the bill which I enjoyed very much; I really get a kick out of sharing my passion for music. My introduction to radio came when Acacia Radio's Paul Lightly invited me to guest on his very popular Northern Soul show on a Wednesday night.
Please tune in every Friday 5:00pm till 7:00pm for Ady Crampton's Funk n Soul Show
I have come to radio presenting after a lifetime playing bass guitar in different bands – it gives you a real insight into the way music is constructed.
Playing classic albums is brilliant because it gives me freedom to delve into every style of music and feature the best and most interesting tracks, and I love finding out about the back stories which go with the making of these records and all the characters – the great producers and musicians who made something special.
Please tune in every Tuesday 11:00am – 1:00pm for
The Steve Hughes Classic Album Show.
Music Style: 50’s and 60’s of all types…and a bit more!
I’ve been a music fan almost it seems since birth…first through my parents record collection of course (ranging from The Rat Pack to The Beatles and The Stones) then steadily discovering all the greats…but it was Xmas 1974 that I found Elvis…beginning a great journey that has taken me as An Elvis DJ hosting many events (from charity evenings to all dayers, weekenders and weeklong festivals) from Memphis to Mansfield! I’ve been lucky enough to meet many musicians and associates of Elvis over the years…
I’ve always been fascinated by the lesser known acts of this era…I always believe (as many other Acacia Radio presenters) that there is more to music that the charts and obvious hits…there is so much out there.
I came into Acacia Radio because of my good mate Ian Hales…having gone on to The Saturday Selection show promoting an upcoming Elvis night I was asked by Ian to cover for co-presenter Shaun Hayfield for three weeks back in Sept 2014 and then several times over the next two years. That lead me to join Shaun on The Mods and Rockers show in June 2016… covering 60s beat , Mod , Northern Soul, Motown and much more…I’ve also been involved in our roadshows over the last 2 years..i finally got round to my own show (60’s Jukebox broadcast over New Year 2018)…as well as co-hosting one off specials…it’s great fun with a great team…long may it continue!
Please tune in every Monday 6:00pm - 8:00pm for The Mods & Rockers Show with Shaun and Mark.
My love of radio began from an early age, recording the top 40, and laying on my bedroom floor writing out song lyrics. On my 17th birthday I was given a CB radio. I would lay awake for hours talking / broadcasting as if I had my own radio station, loving the interaction with others. The internet then became a huge part of our lives, the CB was sold and along came a family, still always listening to the radio and keeping up to date with new music, wondering if I would ever have my own show.
My love of the theatre made me want to give amateur dramatics a go, entertaining an audience and having that live interaction.
It is an absolute honour to be part of the Acacia Radio team and I look forward to bringing you upbeat music across the decades, unsigned artists and songs from the West End.
I'd love to hear from you so do please get in touch, you can find me on social media.
✨Never let anyone dull your sparkle ✨
Please tune in every Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm
I am the twittering twitter bird, I love to help out at any events the Acacia Centre holds and I also like to join the Acacia Radio team at events such as Vanjamboree, The Great Brithish Campout and many, many more. I have a real passion for entertaining kids, I love playing silly games and making them laugh and I also enjoy doing Glitter Tattoo's.
I enjoy all types of music, especially Eminem. I have a real passion for his music. If I had to describe myself, I would say I was a bubbly, outgoing, crazy nutjob, haha who loves to get involved and have a good laugh.