Here is the list of our dedicated Rotary Radio UK presenters; where you can find out their style of show and what Rotary means to them.
Steve Wood - Chairman and Presenter
John Robinson - Director, Presenter and Trainer
Dave Hatcher - Director and Presenter
Suki Calder - Presenter
I love radio; from a little girl listening while washing up with my Dad, through the years of being a student, a young mum, preparing lesson plans for my class, radio has been a constant companion.
I have followed Rock bands and singers all my life and have been fortunate to have met some of my idols, even danced on stage with The Rolling Stones!
I was fortunate while living in Cyprus to have the best job of ‘Goffa’ for DJ broadcaster Charly Lowndes on BFBS, British Forces Broadcasting Service - I loved it! So when I was offered the chance to play my music here on Rotary Radio UK I grabbed the opportunity.
I love the power and passion of Rock, some is simple and some complicated, all Rock, from soft and classic to hard and metal has the ability to move me. That’s what music does...
Russ Hughes - Presenter
Originally from North Wales (Flint). Russ moved from Leeds to Kent in 2011, retiring from full-time work as an Occupational Therapy Technician three years ago.
Russ has played guitar and sung since his early teenage years. As well as playing gigs all around the North Wales coast and Cheshire in the late 60’s, his band provided backing and warm up acts for other groups, notably The Marmalade at The Civic, Connah’s Quay, North Wales when they were at No 1 in the UK charts with Ob La Di, and Status Quo at the Royal Lido, Prestatyn, North Wales.
After developing a love for contemporary folk music, Russ became heavily involved with the Northern folk scene in Yorkshire, initially as part of the folk group Black Velvet and later as a solo artist, as well as running his own folk club near Leeds until re-locating to Kent.
Although contemporary folk music is a passion, Russ has a diverse and eclectic music collection and enjoys being able to share his music choices presenting two shows weekly for listeners of Rotary Radio UK.
Gwen Jones - Presenter
Mary Gunner - Secretary and Presenter
Bryan Vizzard - Presenter
Radio broadcasting came to Bryan late in life and by accident. His wife was helping at Rotary Radio UK in its early years and, as they were going on to a youth competition, he went with her. This is where he met Steve Wood for the first time who asked if I would like to “have a go” with the microphone. A few years on from that first attempt and he now presents three shows each week on Rotary Radio UK.
Always being a jazz fan, it was an easy choice to present a jazz show. Then it appeared that there was not any radio shows catering for the older generation who remember back before the sixties. The days of the fifties when rock and roll was in its infancy. Even before that when ballads were so popular. His Thursday lunch time show caters for them. He also presents a late-night jazz show for those of us who have trouble sleeping. If this is you, then you can listen to smooth jazz into the early hours.
Richard Talbot - Director and Presenter
Richard has loved music all of his life.
Currently working in IT for an international Business Solutions Manufacturer Richard also loves presenting on the radio and sharing his passion for music.
After Joining the Rotary Club of Arbury and then joining the Vocational Committee he was involved with a number of fund raising events including “Reach For Your Star” a Talent show which helped to launch people into the entertainment industry and at the same time raising funds for The local Hospice, Stroke Association and The Mayors appeal supporting MENCAP.
During this time Richard became a volunteer for Nuneaton Hospital Radio and worked as a presenter and outside broadcaster for over fifteen years.
Richard loves his armchair style of presenting on Rotary Radio and enjoys the thrill of sharing his varied tastes in music from the 60's to Power Ballads to blockbuster movie themes.
Terry De la fuente - Presenter
When I retired I wanted to do something useful and contacted my local Rotary club for more information. I was invited to a meeting in 2008 and subsequently joined. I was club president in 2012/13 and again in 2019/20 and remain an active member and have been Father Christmas this year.
Steve Twaites - Presenter
I can't remember a time when I wasn't listening to the radio. Music has always been a hugely important part of my life and radio was and still remains one of the best ways to listen to music.
When I was young the main source of new music was the radio and one of the great joys of radio is that you never quite know what is coming next. These days we can virtually listen to whatever we want whenever we want but radio still has the ability to surprise and delight us with the unexpected.
I listen to all kinds of music and I play rock, indie, blues, soul, reggae, dance and anything else that is a little bit different. Why not join me at 3pm each Thursday afternoon for an interesting and varied hour of music.
John Chesworth - Presenter
I am a member of the Rotary Club of Tamworth, in Staffordshire, and have been involved in radio presenting since late 2018. I was persuaded to get involved with my local community station, Radio Tamworth, as a presenter and now also broadcast on a couple of internet based stations. I am now also Station Manager at Radio Tamworth, so what started out as a hobby has somewhat developed! If I'm honest, I really wish that I'd got involved a lot earlier!
I was initially introduced to Rotary Radio UK by fellow presenter Richard Talbot, who approached me at one of our Club events. I've always loved music, in particular the 80s, and my 'Back to the 80s' show will hopefully show you why.