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Bob Preedy is certainly one of Channel Radio’s most experienced broadcasters, having worked in radio and TV for the last 30 years. His weekly selection of music is second to none – just tune in and you’ll return week after week.

Born in Derbyshire, Robert ‘Bob’ Preedy is a broadcaster, an author and was formerly a presenter on BBC Radio York and the chief continuity announcer for Yorkshire Television.

Television
Bob originally joined YTV as a cameraman, later becoming a researcher, a promoter and a producer. He became a continuity announcer in the late 80’s. His duties were later expanded in 1996 when transmission for Tyne Tees Television was decamped to Leeds in 1996, followed by Granada Television in 1998 and Border Television around 1999. Bob was the last voice to make regional announcements for the Yorkshire, Granada, Tyne Tees and Border areas of ITV1 on 28 October 2002.

Radio
Bob Preedy formerly broadcast on BBC Radio London, Radio Tees, Pennine Radio, Radio Hallam and Radio Aire. He left Radio Aire in 1990 after creating the name of its new sister station, Magic 828, and returned a few years later to present a weekend show for that station.

He presented Hot Country on BBC Radio York until 2008, a country music programme which previously aired on some of the BBC Local Radio stations on the BBC Night Network in the North of England.

He was until July 2009, the head of Wetherby’s Community Radio station Tempo FM, which began broadcasting in September 2006.  Now living on Kent’s south coast, Bob’s fabulous Country music show has featured on Channel Radio almost since the station’s inception.

Bob’s show focuses on Country music but you may be surprised at just how broad this style – and Bob’s selection – can be. Bob really is passionate about the music he plays:

“Country has so many facets and it’s constantly evolving. The honkytonk bar room style has recently reemerged – but then sensitive soul searching ballads remain hugely popular. Country also includes Cajun, bluegrass and rockabilly – so within the show we can take a fascinating journey through the years and the genres”.

Bob’s interest in country music began in the 60s with Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. “I didn’t realise at the time that all these records were produced either in Nashville or with country
musicians”.

Writing
Bob has written around 25 books including Wetherby Revisited, Radio 270: Life On The Ocean Waves, Radio Caroline North: Rockin’ and Rollin’ and Johnnie Walker: Cruisin’ The Formats. More recently he completed a book about Battersea Fun Fair – inspired by his work in 2010 on the Dreamland, Margate project.

Bob Preedy – Country – Fri – 1.00 -200pm