Since January, I have been presenting the Saturday morning lunch time show at Ribble FM - a community radio station in the Ribble Valley (in Lancashire). I thought it would be a great idea to get to know a few of my fellow presenters by asking them to participate in Soundtrack To My Life.
victim presenter is Mark Blackman - a.k.a. "Blackers". He wakes up the local area each day as host of the Ribble FM weekday Breakfast Show and looks after music and presentation at the station (his knowledge of popular music is astounding and it was fascinating to listen to him when he co-hosted the show with me as part his 12-hour presenting marathon for Ribble FM's 4th Birthday).
Mark knew he wanted to be a DJ or presenter as early as being three years old! He set up a mobile disco at the age of 13 with his friend Gary and honed his craft with local gigs and residencies until he left university in 2006 to pursue a full time career in radio, working at commercial stations and BBC local radio stations across the North West.
Blackers is also part of the Bee Vocal Choir from Manchester - a choir which helps with mental health conditions - and their first concert was performing in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Variety Performance with Emeli Sande.
Mark joined Ribble FM in February 2019 to help progress the station with his 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is an integral part of the team both front of house and behind the scenes. So, for now, it's over to Mark, with his musical memories...