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
Steve Wood is a founding member of Rotary Radio UK, a former President of his club (Sittingbourne and Invicta) and a fan of the All-American-Songbook!
Since having retired as an Education Recruitment Manager for Kent County Council, Steve is busier than ever with his hobbies of painting, travelling and (especially) radio.
Steve formulated the initial premise for Rotary Radio UK with Studio Manager John Robinson - with both men enjoying community radio and realising the potential of broadcasting Rotary causes and successes over the medium.
As a former President, Steve is keen for Rotary Radio UK to inspire many members to listen-in and take part in helping to build-up and establish our new station, and to attract new members of all ages to Rotary.
A huge fan of the Great-American Songbook; listeners can expect to hear the essential songs of the past 60 years on Steve's show, as well as the lastest tracks from the USA.
John Robinson - Director, Studio Manager, Presenter and Trainer
John Robinson is the joint founding member of Rotary Radio UK and a Director, Studio Manager, Presenter and Trainer; meaning he is pretty busy around the station. Since retiring, John has worked with a number of community radio stations as a Presenter and also in an advisory and technical capacity.
John enjoys all types of music from the 1950’s to the present day - though if asked to pick his favourite music genre it would be New Country as it crosses over into so many other genres.
He will be presenting a number of shows on Rotary Radio UK but look out for the New Country Show in which John hopes to win a few converts to his eclectic taste of music!
John is new to Rotary, having recently joined Sittingbourne Invicta Rotary Club as an Associate Member, and is looking forward to reporting on all the good news from his club on the airwaves!
David Hatcher - Director and Presenter
David joined the Rotary Club of Medway in 1990 and is no stranger to being involved in media and broadcast activity.
His involvement with radio began as a serving police officer in 1978 when he was appointed to the Force Press Department of Kent Police, producing a monthly programme on BBC local radio, later designing and delivering the first national police training course helping police officers better manage their involvement with the media.
In 1984 David was selected as the senior police presenter on the monthly national television programme BBC Crimewatch UK, continuing that involvement for 15yrs alongside his day to day police command role.
David will be presenting programmes that include a wide range of musical tastes, old and more recent material, interspersed with news and comment about what is happening in Rotary locally and nationally.
In addition, he will be featuring project material that illustrates the diversity of Rotary in helping others, be it with the pet project he founded in 2009, Rotary Children’s Hospice Family Holidays to Disneyland Paris or his other main volunteering role for ShelterBox Humanitarian Aid Charity, delivering shelter and other non food items to beneficiaries in disasters around the globe.
He sees the potential for Rotary Radio UK to become a vital communication aid for Rotarians and the general public, to raise awareness about the value of Rotary.
David has been made a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for his charity work with disabled youngsters and wants to share the sense of fulfilment this provides to inspire other like minded potential Rotarians to experience the same sense of satisfaction.
Pamela Underwood - Director, Secretary and Presenter
Pam has a love of all types of music having worked in the music industry for many years until her retirement in 2011. She was introduced to the team at Rotary Radio UK when asked if she would consider becoming Secretary. Having accepted the position Pam was soon encouraged to train as a Presenter and hopes to broadcast many hours of differing genres whilst bringing the great work, information, the many activities and fund raising events happening in our Rotary District.
Pam joined The Rotary Club of Medway as an Associate in 2012 following in the footsteps of her late husband Mike Underwood. She became a full member in 2013 when inspired by the work and dedication Rotarians showed towards those who are less fortunate than themselves and was elected President in 2016/17. The Children’s Hospice Holiday, run by Medway Rotary Club each year, formed a major part in Pam’s decision to become a Rotarian and she has organised many fund raising events for that cause.
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...