Presenters

Duncan Martin

Duncan’s first job in radio was at BBC Radio Norfolk reading the early morning travel reports

Moving to Siren FM, a community station in Lincoln, he did a weekly local band programme.  His day job is in television but he still loves radio and has been heard recently in Kent on Red Sands Radio and BRFM.

-Duncan helps you on your journey to work with Greenwich Breakfast, weekdays 7-10am

Nicola Holly Jones

Nicola has been a local radio presenter and DJ since 2013. As an avid music lover, her move onto radio is an experience she is extremely passionate about.

Being brought up on her parents’ record collection and love of music across many decades and genres, Nicola aimed towards a career in music journalism.

She has interviewed the likes of Ronnie Wood, Martin Kemp, Charlie Simpson and Nina Nesbitt to name but a few for young person’s creative skills charity, YOUYOU Mentoring, in which she continues to support and assist. From the journalism experience gained at this scheme, she has also worked alongside several online music magazines including Q Magazine, Dropout UK and I AM NEW in association with Metropolis Studios.

Nicola has also interned with multi-award winning songwriter and producer, Guy Chambers and assisted at Oxjam Festival in association with the charity Oxfam.

Having thoroughly embraced these opportunities, Nicola decided to make a move onto radio – something she’s always dreamed of doing.

You can catch Nicola every Friday evening from 7-9pm with an eclectic mix of classic rock to modern indie dancefloor-fillers; the perfect soundtrack to your Friday night’s in September.

Jason Jandu

Jason helps you get home with regular traffic and travel and all the latest showbiz news.  Greenwich Drive, Weekdays 4-7pm.

Shane Bright

Shane helps you get home with regular traffic and travel and all the latest showbiz news.  Greenwich Drive, Weekdays 4-7pm.

Matthew Jackson

Matthew is the voice of early breakfast, Monday to Friday on Maritime Radio. The title of the show is a rich source of amusement for him given that, as he says, ‘…it starts in the middle of the night’!

Matthew works as a voiceover artist, but he’s no stranger to creeping around in the darkness at odd times of day, travelling to and from work. You might recognise him as a familiar voice between the programmes on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.

 

He joins Maritime Radio with the thought that he’ll be broadcasting all but a stone’s throw from the home of one of his radio heroes, Ray Moore, whose Radio 2 early show fired his imagination as a boy. ‘I didn’t have the chance to meet Ray, but I remember those early morning shows with great affection and they never fail to raise a smile’.

Drop Matthew an email at hello@maritimeradio.co.uk to let him know what you’re up to in and around Greenwich in the early hours – something that will tickle his dry sense of humour!

Early Breakfast, Mon-Fri 5-7am.

The Shotgun

Who is The Shotgun? Sorry, we’re sworn to secrecy, but they do play a fantastic mix of music every Saturday evening on Maritime Radio,
including some tunes you won’t have heard in ages!
The Shotgun, Saturday 10pm

Tamara Dalzell

Tamara grew up in South East London and spent many years living in Greenwich. She was brought up in a household where the radio was permanently switched on and only ever switched off to listen to vinyl records.
She started out in radio in 2013 when she joined Miskin Radio where she was Head of Music and presented the morning show. She also worked with the Media Curriculum Manager and students of North Kent College, training and supporting them through their Broadcast & Communication module.
Tamara describes her music taste as eclectic and listens to music from across all decades and genres. She also has a passion for films (and the soundtracks!) , so when not listening to music, her spare time is spent in the Greenwich Odeon.

Tamara looks after your afternoon, Thursday and Friday at 1pm

Clive Richardson

Clive Richardson grew up in London at the birth of the soul era, as first Motown then Stax created their musical impact. His journalistic career began as organiser of the Don Covay Fan Club, then as contributor to Soul Music magazine, as editor and publisher of the Shout Soul fanzine from 1967 – 1974, and regular contributor to Black Echoes weekly music paper in the late 1970’s.

Clive began his broadcasting career on pirate station JFM Radio in 1980, moving on to Solar Radio, then on to legal London stations RTM, Kiss 100FM and Millennium before returning to Solar Radio in 2000.

He is also Label Manager for Shout! Records, launched in 2000 to reissue classic soul music, and consultant to Fantastic Voyage Records, originating vintage gospel and soul re-issues, and his autobiography ‘Soul Citizen’ is available from Amazon online and from your local Waterstones store. 

Cheeky plug there!  You can hear Clive on Maritime Radio with A Shot of Rhythm & Blues, Thursday 7-10pm

Kath Melandri

It’s a real privilege to be part of the presenting team at Maritime Radio with such a dedicated and passionate group of people. I have over 20 years experience working for the BBC. This includes, presenting the Drivetime show with Eddie Nestor on BBC London 94.9. Apart from the Greenwich Night Owls, you can also listen to me on my new Podcast, TheWrongThing.co.uk

I live with my bearded Kiwi husband and occasionally ride my motorbike. My hobbies include eating cake and swearing (don’t worry… not on the radio).

Dennis Roberts

Dennis grew up in Charlton and has spent many years living and working in Greenwich. He helped establish (possibly) the only record shop in Charlton village (long gone now) and became a DJ ‘on the road’, in pubs and club and, in recent years, on radio. His rock, soul and rhythm & blues radio shows have attracted UK and overseas audiences and he’s coming home now with his Tuesday and Wednesday evening shows, 10pm-midnight.

Kiki Nartey

Kiki is one of Maritime Radio’s local newsreaders and you can also hear her every Monday, 10am-1pm.

Pete Fergusson

Pete has an extensive background in radio as well as television and live events. He started off as the UK’s youngest radio presenter and still loves this medium many (many) years later. He loves radio almost as much as he loves cats! And that’s a lot.

Pete lives lives locally and a has a very diverse taste in music. From pop, rock, guilty pleasures like Huey Lewis and the News to Alt J and The Maccabees.

 Kat Simmons

Kat is our Social Media Coordinator and is often found wandering around the studios looking out for hot gossip and helping our presenters!  You can hear her here on Maritime Radio Daytime on Monday and Wednesday’s at 1pm

Cliff James

Cliff has tried his hand at many music related things over the years, and like numerous others who have walked the musical path before him , he has ended up behind the mic as a Radio Presenter.
Although he has a varied musical taste, his passion lies in all things Soulful.
Cliff presents on specialist Soul music station Soulbeat Radio and also has a show on BRFM in Kent.
Tune in Wednesday evening’s 7-10pm for the best Classic and Modern Soul,  80’s Boogie and those all important Associated flavours.

Kitty Foster

Kitty has an ongoing passionate love affair within the world of arts, entertainment and broadcast.  Anything that requires her to use creativity, some spontaneity and requires her to think on her feet keeps her happy.  She is also the owner of her own entertainment company.

Kitty also loves a good cuppa or a latte in the morning (take note Duncan Martin!) and her cat Blooboo is her little pride and joy.

In spare time, Kitty enjoys being part of her local community theatre and recording audio at home.  She is also a keen traveler, adores vintage clothing and loves anything by Disney.

Ok, now for the painfully honest stuff……Kitty has a weird obsession with novelty mugs and 80’s/ 90’s sitcoms, and she once danced with Harry Hill on stage….whilst dressed as a giant hamster….as you do.

Kitty is proud to be part of the team at Maritime Radio and can’t wait to wake you up with Greenwich Breakfast every weekday morning at 7!

Orchid Bea

Orchid is new to the medium of radio, as a presenter. However, she has an incredible appreciation of music. As an ex-contemporary dancer and dance teacher she has developed an excellent ear for music to suit all moods and occasions. Orchid, amongst other current work, is a writer and artist. She has published several books (some of which are anthologies).

Always up for a challenge, Orchid joined Maritime Radio from its 2015 launch and says ‘I have never looked back. I have presented and performed in a variety of situations but there is nothing quite like presenting on radio. You don’t see your audience but somehow you feel them. Maritime Radio is about supporting the community and that is crucial – I’m in!’

Orchid has a penchant for soul, folk, Latin jazz, some alternative music and not forgetting quality 80’s reggae.

Psychology, linguistics and ‘soulology’ are but a few of Orchid’s pastime interests.

‘What’s soulology? – Well, it’s my own word for anything to do with the development of the soul – so important don’t you think!? – working on developing your sensitivity to the needs and healing of others.’

She also loves a Picnic bar! – (but never deep fried).

Orchid Bea is here every Saturday, 10am-1pm.

Gary Silvester

Gary’s journey into radio began in 1987 when he was just 14.  He was given his uncles radio after he passed away and it was tuned into LBC.  Gary became hooked to listening to radio and in December 1987 went to the Covent Garden carol concert to meet the presenters of LBC as he was curious to see what his favourite presenters looked like.  He was lucky enough to be invited back to the radio studios and sat in on a few shows too.  He has been hooked ever since.  He has read the travel news on RTM radio in the early 90’s and had his own request show on hospital radio in Sidcup for 2 years from September 1998.  Radio is his blood and his passion.  Gary is here every Thursday 10am – 1pm.

Mandy Marton

Mandy has a wealth of radio experience and we’re pleased that she joins us for Maritime Radio Daytime every Friday 10am-1pm.

Marty Dee Donovan

Raised in Stockwell and Brixton in the 80’s, Marty was part of the pirate radio scene. After getting caught, he was sent to St Thomas’ Hospital Radio and that’s when it all fell in place for him!

Marty says, “I managed to talk my way into the Capital studios in Euston Road and learn all I know today from watching, listening and asking questions to some of the best people in the business.  It’s been over 30 years now, and radio has long changed.  I personally miss that connection between the presenter and the listener.  So I try my very best to get the listener interacting with the show. I truly want to know what they want to listen to; I’m interested in what they do because without the listener I’d just be talking to myself!

That’s why I love Maritime Radio, they are right in touch with the listener and work hard for the listener.  That is what true radio is all about. Also I’m totally fluent in Morse code (It’s the Radio Ham in me)”.

Why not send in an email and join in with the show?  Email: Marty@maritimeradio.co.uk

Marty presents Weekend Breakfast, Sunday 7-10am.

Jack Mooney

Jack has been interested in radio since the first time he walked into a radio station at the age of 6. Since then he didn’t want to do anything but work in media. Today Jack works for the BBC here in London after staying in London after finishing university at Ravensbourne, that one on the Greenwich Peninsula. Since moving to London in 2013 from his native island of Jersey, (yes the real one in the Channel Islands) Jack has always lived in the borough and fell in love with it instantly.

If you’re not listening to Jack him on the airwaves, you’ll find him in our office or studios fiddling with our transmission gear to make sure it’s all working properly, as well as geeking out with David our engineer!

Jack Mooney, Saturday 1pm

Tom & Matty

Tom & Matty are here once every month with their look back at what has been going on locally, as well as their predictions for the next few weeks ahead.

Tom & Matty’s Monthly Montage, Sunday 1pm

Trevor Blackman

Creative Director, Consultant and Cultural Entrepreneur, Trevor Blackman has always believed in his capabilities since he was 14 years old, when he started working at his local BBC Radio station.

 

His knowledge of his capabilities has enabled him to excel on so many fronts. Driven by a simple, but powerful philosophy of supporting, encouraging and providing all communities (especially African Caribbean’s) with the opportunity to be all they can be.

 

His no nonsense approach and strong management skills have also seen him accepted onto the Clore Leadership Programme which forms part of the British Council’s Cultural Leaders International Scheme.

 

Trevor has mentored thousand of young people and adults – being a co-producer of lives. For Maritime Radio, Trevor is swapping his humanitarian pen for the interview chair, with a series of in profile interviews from members of London’s diverse ‘Community in Action’; that contribute in so many ways to our local communities. Covering politics, education, sport, entertainment, music & business. Tune into his new talk show.

Trevor Blackman Now, Sunday 1-4pm.

Paul Collyer

Paul presents The A-Z every Monday, 7-10pm.

Gary Ziepe

Gary started his radio career in the library at Capital Radio and has worked on a number of stations including Invicta FM, Capital Gold and Caroline.

One of his favourite places to hang out is Greenwich because of it’s great vibe, world class views, it’s history, the tourists and watering holes by the river.

This is your personal invitation to escape the shackles of reality and put stress on hold with an eclectic mix of laid of laid back tracks across time and genres. Leave everyday life at the border! The Mellow Show, Monday 10pm.

Graham Kirk

Listen to Graham, Tuesday 10am-1pm.

Mark Mathews

Listen to Mark every Tuesday, 1-4pm.

Derek Pritchard

Derek started his radio broadcasting ‘career’ in 1996 as a presenter at Radio GOSH (Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital) where he interviewed amongst others ex Chelsea defender Frank LeBeouf and TV entertainer Les Dennis during the eight years he was there.  He then moved into theatre, performing in a number of local shows, and has performed at Greenwich Theatre, Bob Hope Theatre (Eltham), Lewisham Theatre and on Woolwich Barracks parade ground.

After a few years in the ‘radio wilderness’ he is pleased to be back on air at Maritime Radio.  You can listen to him on Sunday evenings.

The Weekend Wind Down, Sunday 7.3

Tom Sippy

Tom is with us every Sunday morning for a relaxed start to the day and some great songs for the morning, including The Upbeat Hour from 12.

Tom Sippy, Sunday 10am-1pm

Barra & Cal

Barra & Cal review the week in a fast-paced hour of music and chat.  They share their TV theme tune of the week, discuss the news, TV and sometimes have a guest or two.

Really they need more than an hour!

Barra & Cal Live at 6.  Saturday 6pm

Steve Bishop

Steve Bishop was a button presser behind the scenes at many commercial and BBC local stations and went on to present his own show on Radio Caroline.

Further stints on community radio stations in the South East of England led to him recording and syndicating his own oldies show, with music from the 50s to 80s, from the comfort of his garden coal bunker, despite the fire risk.

Steve can often be found on the terraces of Queens Park Rangers football club but wonders why!  Steve drinks tea like it’s going out of fashion and is a self-confessed Luddite – he still uses CD players, record decks and tape machines!   Steve’s music taste includes artists such as Electric Light Orchestra, Al Stewart, David Bowie and 1970s Queen.

Steve Bishop’s Old Record Club, Sunday 4-6pm

Tim Courtnell

Tim has always had a love for music ever since being introduced to records at a young age by his Dad.

Growing up in the Portsmouth area, he regularly played guitar in various local bands before moving to London to study in music. His continued passion for music has grown into a career and now works alongside well known and not so well known bands releasing albums. Tim started in Hospital Radio in 2015 and is still going strong today with Maritime Radio.

Tim brings you Music & Goals on Saturday 4-6pm.

Paul Taylor

Paul’s day job is in the creative advertising world, so the medium of broadcast is not only new to him, but an exciting opportunity for him to play in a new creative space – radio! 

Local lad Paul, lives less than 2 miles away from our studio, so he epitomises the community spirit embodied at Maritime Radio.

Greenwich is his absolute favourite place in London, and when the opportunity to be on the radio representing and giving back to his community came up, he jumped at the chance. His approach to his breakfast show is all about having fun, bringing the energy and music you need to kickstart your weekend. He’ll bring everyone up to speed with what’s been happening during the week, and of course will play the tunes we all need to get ready for the weekend.

So if you’re hitting snooze for the eleventh time or you’re already out and about – wake up with Paul and tune in every Saturday morning 7am-10am.

Paul Taylor, Saturday 7-10am

 Andy Holton

Andy’s radio career started back in the 1970s when he was a presenter for Radio Victory in Portsmouth on The Wonderful Wobbly Wireless Show, and for Portsmouth Hospital Broadcasting.

Since then he has appeared on Capital Gold, BBC Radio London, Wandsworth Radio, Riverside Radio.

Andy is a stage manager by profession, and started his career in the theatre, working for Paul Raymond at the world-famous Raymond Revue-bar strip club, and Madame Jojo’s drag club, among others.

More “legitimate” theatre has included the West-End productions of Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, The Mousetrap, An Ideal Husband, From a Jack To a King, Eddie Izzard – Live At The Ambassadors, and recently as Company Manager on Thriller Live.

He has been Company Manager on the Qdos pantomime at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley for the past three years.

Andy has lived in London for most of his life, and south of the river for the majority of that time.

Ashley Conrad

Ashley first started radio in 2013 and has hosted a variety of shows in London, Brighton, Kent and Cambridge. During a short break from Radio, Ashley carved out a career as an Online TV Reporter and Red Carpet Host. On camera he has reported from London fashion week, motoring, sustainable living, cultural, food and wine events and festivals. He has interviewed political leaders such as Vince Cable and Jeremy Corbyn and several London, Brighton and US-based entertainers and Celebrities. We can promise fun, cheeky laughs and the sauciest antidotes when Ashley is on air.

Greg Martin

Greg is with you on Friday evenings from 11pm – 1am Saturday morning.

John Reen

John is with you on Tuesday nights at 8:30-10

Alex Peters

Alex Mechanikool is very new to the Radio DJ circuit but not new to the idea of public speaking. He has a passion for connecting with people. This is manifested his work in education as a Learning Mentor/youth work. And has committed 20 years to studying street dance and travelled all over being a mentor to many within the industry.
Alex Mechanikool values the opportunity presented. He wants to bring good energy to the Maritime Team and provide a platform to talk about issues that relate to the local community and beyond. It’s all about good banter but also behind able to highlight some important topics too. Oh yeah and not forgetting music!!! (It’s all about the music!)

Sophie Durrant

After realising her passion for radio, while in higher education Sophie decided to pursue a career by starting off on a well known award winning Birmingham based internet station she was then offered a place on a Media, Radio and Digital Journalism course at North Kent College (Dartford Campus).
She was then offered her very own live breakfast show one day a week on the colleges radio station, Sophie decided as her first final major project to produce, record and air live a concert by North Kent’s Miskin Music students two consecutive nights. As a result she made herself invaluable and was asked on many occasions to assist with the colleges Outdoor Live Broadcasts.
Sophie then took it upon herself to approach multiple different local enterprises to promote and adverse them. She was very quickly taken up on her offer by the Dartford Orchard Theatre to promote their events and productions on her show, which subsequently gave her multiple interview opportunities with artists and celebrities.
After hearing about an exciting new local fm community radio station (Maritime Radio) Sophie saw this as an opportunity to pursue her career even further. She is very happy to be a part of the Maritime family and looks forward to gaining new experiences and knowledge about her chosen career.

You can listen to Sophie on Wednesday daytime at 10am-1pm.

Newsreaders

Helen Murray

Helen has lived in the area for two years and is pleased to be involved in the local community through Maritime.  She is also a freelance print journalist specialising in the arts.

Claudia Navarro

To be continued

Jo Boyd

To be continued

Sallie Cross

Sallie has lived in Greenwich borough since 1973 and now can’t imagine living anywhere else. A keen am-drammer she loves treading the boards and all aspects of local theatre. Plus she’s a long standing member of Eltham Rock Choir – so is a bit of a ‘lovie’ on the quiet! Spare time is taken up with grandchildren, theatre, cinema and volunteering and of course reading the local news for Maritime Radio – researching the local news every week has been somewhat  of an eye opener for her, who knew how much went on locally…

Katrina White

Katrina is new to the medium of Radio , and News reading. However she is keen on News and Current Affairs , so as one of the Maritime News Readers she will fit in well with the team.

Susie New

Susie has quite a pedigree in broadcasting! She started out as a reporter for a radio station up in Sheffield and then joined the BBC to become a ‘gob on a stick’ – introducing programmes on the telly. She recently gave up on a 20 year career in TV to do things that make her smile. News reading on Maritime Radio is definitely up there!

Showbiz reporters

Bonnie Brittain

You can hear Bonnie interviewing your favourite celebrities.

Our Management Team

David Phillips – Senior Engineer

As well as eating lots of Pringles, David supplied the transmitter and mast and built the studio at Maritime Radio, which was no mean feat!

David’s background is in broadcast, working both for BT and Arqiva.  He also once met the Queen at Buckingham Palace, but we’re not allowed to say why!

Daniel Foulds – IT Specialist

It’s thanks to Daniel that you are reading this!  Daniel set up our website and email and manages much of our IT infrastructure.  He has a wealth of experience and clients including BSKYB.

Nathan Silveston – Broadcast Specialist

Nathan works for a number of radio stations across the UK.  Nathan is in charge of the Maritime Radio web stream and also looks after the playout software, crucial to keeping the music going!  Many late nights were spent by Nathan setting up systems at Maritime Radio, but it all paid off!

Bob LeRoi –  Senior Producer & Head of Music

Bob has been in broadcasting virtually his whole working life, starting on the Offshore Forts off the coast on his native Whitstable on Radio City. When the Pirates closed he picked up cover shows at BBC Radio Medway

A bit late in the day Radio Caroline showed interest, but before he could join the ships were towed away. On Radio Caroline’s return he was invited to make some recorded programmes. Running his own Production House he joined the BBC Radio Kent. Whilst still at the BBC he became involved supplying the Ross Revenge through 1983 – 1990 universally known as ‘The Whitstable Navy’ recording an Overdrive programme whilst aboard, Caroline DJ John Dwyer put out the show at the same time he was on the BBC!

Moving from the BBC to ILR Bob spent many happy years at the Kent ILR Invicta Radio, presenting Drivetime, and his infamous Weekend Trek and 60’s Splash. Bob produced branding some commercials and programmed music. He even fitted in a weekly show for Radio Fax in Ireland. Events changed as Invicta was taken over a number of times, Bob jumped ship to set-up his own station Medway FM the last UK ILR whilst assisting many other stations throughout Kent

During the 1990’s Bob was invited to present programmes on Radio London and Radio Northsea International when they returned from ships off the Essex coast. He did programmes for Juke Box Memories, European Klassic Rock, and then joined Radio Caroline working out of the Maidstone TV Studios and later Larkfield. For over a year Bob was the voice of Virgin Radio’s top of the hours commercial. He also made programmes for Radio Seagull and the Voice of Peace. When Medway FM was sold Bob ventured overseas to Malta to run Calypso FM taking the station from the bottom of the league to number two

Bob briefly worked for BFBS TV as a transmission controller continuity announcer. Hardly radio he set about bringing back radio from the Forts 40 years after leaving. Red Sands Radio was conceived which broadcast from the Red Sands Fort and continued from Whitstable Harbour in all for eight years

Although viewed favourably, with spasmodic local authority support it was decided that Red Sands Radio wouldn’t apply for a full licence. Instead the brand was taken to London and after two trials, Maritime Radio won a full term licence for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Where Bob is a Director and Senior Producer

Bob can also heard twice weekly on the high powered international station Radio Mi-Amigo which broadcasts from central Europe