Like many radio presenters of a 'certain age', Jim caught the radio ‘bug’ when listening to the pirates in the 1960s on his 'tranny'. The jingles were his favourite part and ‘Big L’ had the best ones. In the seventies, Him started broadcasting on a hospital radio station in Surrey and one of his shows won a national competition for best hospital radio programme. Noel Edmonds was one of the judges!
In 1976, he became a Butlin's redcoat presenting music and chat from their Radio Butlin studios at Clacton in Essex. Great fun, but very hard work.
In the 1990's, Jim did the weekday morning show on Eclipse FM which broadcast on cable and FM. One of the directors was Dave Cash. A couple of years ago, he did a spell on the weekday afternoon show of a commercial station at the seaside in East Sussex. One of Jim's most embarrassing moments in radio was interviewing Bo Diddley who insisted I call him ‘Mr. Diddley’, and when he interviewed the comedian Richard Digance and got a nose-bleed halfway through!
He now really enjoys presenting my weekly Happy Hour show on WRFN - "they’re a very friendly bunch and they’ve got talent oozing out of their studios!"