Our Presenters

The Rt Hon Sir Bob Blues. KBE, DFC, LS&GC.
CEO of Sid Valley Radio.

Born under a piano in a brothel sometime last century.
Related to Jake and Elwood Blues.
Started to learn the bagpipes at the age of 5
Bag pipes surgically removed at the age of 5 years and 2 weeks.
Took up Trumpet at age of 6 which was surgically removed 2 weeks later.
Desperately looking for something to play that wouldn't upset punters took up the Church Organ. During one boring church service, found the playing the blue note in Mozart's Requiem was more fun than playing is straight and was booted out.

Played with various blues bands until told to join the Army or go to jail. (twice)


Eventually, after being shot at and accidentally blown up by his own troops, now plays freelance Hammond with any band that is willing to cover his extensive Bar Tab.

Star Sign: (one of the early ones)
Loves: Blues
Hates: Discos
Favorite moments: Playing to 4000 at a Blues Festival.
Lives: in Sidmouth
Favorite saying: It wasn't me
Least favorite: How Much?

Now Runs Sid Valley Radio and trying to make it the Best Local Community Radio Station for the Sid Valley

Chris Ward.

Assistant Station Manager at Sid Valley Radio.

Chris lives and works in Sidmouth having spent 16 years working for the Government with the MoD and on secondment with NATO. The Sid Valley’s very own James Bond. Well no not quite.

Chris first dabbled with radio during his time working in Germany where he struck up a good friendship with a British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) presenter who he is still good friends with today.

They launched the ‘Underwater Singer ‘ under the pseudonym of ‘Christopher Life jacket’ . It’s a long story and something Chris is not keen to repeat at Sid Valley Radio. Hence to say his radio career never developed after 1999! – Until now!

Always the positive Chris is starting to work his way through his bucket list and thanks to the support and drive of Bob Blues is thoroughly enjoying working and constantly developing the Saturday breakfast show. Through the support of his wife Ceri, son Cameron and the pet Weimeraner Harley he is proud to boast 3 listeners!

If you fancy adding to this number you can wake up with Chris every Saturday from 8 am on Sid Valley Radio.

 

Emma Donovan. Director and General Station Manage

Emma brings you news and information from the Sid Valley along with interviews and great music.

 

Adrian Brown. HR Director at Sid Valley Radio

Adrian presents his "Mod Slot" between 10.00-12.00 on Sunday mornings – in his own words, "Bringing you fantastic pop, rock, soul, ska and jazz from the last seven decades", adding modestly, "the best music you’ll hear, this, or any other weekend".

A true Cockney, Adrian hails from East London, coming to East Devon via Cambridge, Somerset, and (in his dreams) the South of France. His interests include cricket, modern jazz, wine, military history, beer, mid-20th century British design, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, gin, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the works of Dimitri Shostakovich and sleeping in the garden (this is not an exhaustive list). His greatest claim to fame is that in 1984, he bowled (badly) to Geoffrey Boycott in the nets at Headingley.

As he approaches his 60th birthday, Adrian is adamant that he will mark the occasion by having his first tattoo, so he can declare the one true love of his life for all the world to see. However, his wife (A.K.A the current Mrs. Brown), has said he’d look pretty ridiculous going around with the name of Frank Sinatra emblazoned across his chest.

Adrian’s motto, one that he repeats several times a day, is "Where did I leave my glasses?".

annCountryside Adventures with Ann Mitchell

After spending 22 years in Manchester working in leisure management returned to Devon to live 7 years ago. If you've never been to Manchester check it out - it's a great place but it's not exactly close to good places to wildlife spot. Down here I am on top of them! Some great bands have come out of Manchester though like Simply Red and M people.

I love wildlife and the environment and want to share my stories with you out there. I hope my show is none nerdy as there are plenty of those about in the bird watching world often attached to very large lenses. Why do lots of them have to make it into a competition trying to outdo each other with what they've seen and where. I just love watching wildlife and it ought to be FUN!!!!!

 

It's also great having two whole hours playing my choice of music - in fact it's brilliant!! Good thing you can't hear me off microphone singing along.

 

High Energy Dance and Club Classics with
April Rose

Yes – that is her real name. No - she is not "that" April Rose (don’t ask!)

Was pretending to be old enough to get into Clubs since she was 14… and has nurtured her passion for Dance Music ever since.

You can keep the TV – but if you try and take her music system away…. you’ll have a fight on your hands.

 

Old enough to remember when most of the segways in today’s Dance music was in the charts the first time round. Young enough not to care. If it’s a tune – it’s a Tuuuune!!

Bringing 35 years of Club tunes to the Sid Valley and loving every minute :)

Fridays 7-9pm to get you in the mood for Friday evenings.

Janet Janet Dowling kissed the Blarney Stone when she was young and has traveled the length and breadth of the UK finding the stories of the landscape and local peoples.

A deft hand at sword dancing she has capered with giants that stunned Europe and now devotes her time to time traveling from an alternate steampunk universe.

As well as curating the Sid Valley Radio Story Cafe for inquisitive adults!

Marrs BonfireMarrs lives in Broadclyst with his wife Lisa. He loves music especially music from the 1960s.

He is a record collector and has dj'd with his Psychedelic and Beat 7in vinyl collection at different events and clubs around the country including "immee Shelter" (Bristol), "The Crypt" (Brighton) - "Games for May Festival" (London), "Going Underground" (Cavern Exeter), "Marine Theatre" (Lyme Regis) amongst other events and supported psychedelic rock band "The Honey Pot" on their tour a couple of years ago.

He started his radio adventures supporting Carl Munson's "New Exeter Radio Show" supplying the music back in 2009. Then he moved to BayFM in Exmouth where first with "The Smart Set" (60s garage and Psych) 2010 - 2016 and then "Aquarius" (Psych and Prog rock) 2016 - 2018 he built up experience and a following.

Got sacked for eating in the studio?

Now he has found a home with Sid Valley Radio as THE JUDGE on Monday nights 8pm to 10pm. Star sign: Scorpio
Loves: Steak & kidney pudding
Hates: Beetroot
Favorite Moment: Holidaying with Wife Lisa
Lives: Broadclyst
Favorite saying: Oh go on then!
Least favorite: Lets touch base