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Benny Boy

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How did you get into radio?
Many, many years ago, there was a radio presenter on a local radio station called Sally Moon and she used to have a section on her Saturday afternoon show where kids could come in and present for an hour with her.  I was one of those kids!  Thats my first ‘real’ experience on radio!  From there I have worked as a Station Engineer and Techie for a long time at different stations.

Then about 10 years ago I spoke to a couple of guys called JK and Joel one day when they was on-air at a local radio station and they gave me the best advice ever.  If you want to get in properly, JFDI.  So I did and now here I am.

I joined City Beat as an Engineer and to work on Training and Development for other Presenters – and ended up with my own show, The Online Drive!

What do you love about City Beat?
I love the fact it has brought local radio back to Preston, South Ribble and Central Lancashire.

What do you love about Preston City?
Ooh, thats a hard one!  I was brought up on “‘t’other side of the river” in South Ribble so for me it’s a hard one.  I would have to say that as a City we have a great mix of people from all back grounds who are willing to work with and help each other.

What show do you present?
I present The Online Drive, Tuesdays between 5pm and 7pm

If you could have any band or musician perform live on your show, who would you pick and why?
This is an easy one for me… Imagine Dragons! I have been listening to their music before they became popular in the UK and I was so touched by the story of Tyler Robinson and how Imagine Dragons started ‘The Tyler Robinson Foundation‘ with the Robinson Family to battle the unseen costs of childhood cancer and you we all can help #‎slaycancerwithdragons.  You really should watch this video to find out more.

If you could have any guest on your show, who would you pick and why?
I’m hoping to have the ULTIMATE guest on my show this year and he is a Monster!  Yes, the one and only Trekkie Monster from the hit broadway musical Avenue Q!

If you have never heard of it, this is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.

If you are in Preston you will have to come along to see it at The Guild Hall between Wednesday 11th November 2015 and Saturday 14th November 2015.

What do you get up to when you’re not entertaining City Beat listeners?
I’m an IMAX geek and try to get to The National Media Museum in Bradford when I can as that was the first IMAX cinema in the UK (Did you know if you point an IMAX projector towards the moon, a human being could see the light as it is that bright?! See I told you I was a geek!), I also have a thing for motorbikes and cars and watching Formula E.