WHAT IS RADIO CHRISTMAS?
Radio Christmas began in 2008 based on a previous radio project called Christmas Cracker.
The charity behind Radio Christmas is STREET KIDS DIRECT and the charity guarantees that 100% of all its donations go DIRECTLY to the projects they are supporting in Latin America. Both the charity and Radio Christmas was founded by Duncan Dyason, a youth worker, who has a passion for reaching children and young people on the margins of society.
The studio (photo right) was built in the outdoor music room of Nigel and Alexis Curson's house in Amersham and when we went 'ON AIR' at 6am on the 1st December 2008. We had very few people involved in the project and only a limited number of radio presenters and technical operators. By the end of the first week we had a tremendous response from local people who embraced the concept and signed up to help. The radio station became a very special part of our community's celebration of Christmas.
HEAD OF PROGRAMMING - Martin Hughes
Martin was first involved in Radio Christmas in 2008, when he presented the Morning Peak. This time round he is back as Head of Programming, along with being presenter of the weekday Late Show as well as Sunday Breakfast.
Martin was previously Head of Programming for Greenbelt FM, the radio station of the Greenbelt Arts Festival and has also worked at Mercury FM in Herts, Premier Radio in London and BBC Radio 2.In his spare time, Martin enjoys racing around the UK to listen to live music.
HEAD OF TECHNICAL - Matthew Talks
Matthew is a music teacher, high-brow musician, music producer and volunteer youth worker. Matthew lives in Chesham Bois and enjoys sitting by his log fire watch Blackadder.
HEAD OF PR - Jack Gocher
Jack has been in PR and marketing for more than 20 years and now runs his own consultancy. Originally from Brighton, he has lived in Amersham since1994 with his family, Kathryn, Oliver and Joseph. Jack will be handling much of the PR for Radio Christmas 87.7, including talking to the press and promoting the station on Facebook and Twitter. He is always looking for great ideas to help with promotion and would love to hear from anyone with a good suggestion.
Jack is also hosting the Saturday Football Show every Saturday from 3-5pm. This will cover all the days league games from around the country and particularly around the local area. He will be looking to receive texts from people at games around the region and also wants people in the studio listening to games on the radio to provide reports. Please contact Jack directly if you can help.
Radio Christmas would not be in existence if it was not for the tireless work put in right from the beginning by Chris Doggett. Chris was there at the start when Radio Christmas was just a mad idea Duncan Dyason had about raising money for street kids while have lots of fun doing it. Chris worked for the BBC for many years and is now working from his own studios in Cornwall. CHRIS - WE MISS YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU.