STUART HAYWOOD Presents IN THE COUNTRY Wednesdays 7.00 – 10.00 pm –
Music has always been a passion of mine whatever the genre, be it Black Sabbath or Mozart. I began as a drummer in my teens playing Pop through to playing bass and banjo in a successful Country music band. I had a wonderful eight years with Springfield touring the UK and the continent culminating in the release of three albums. In 1987 I went back to the clubs and continued studio and session work, also setting up my own recording studio in 1995 which became popular – recording local artists and sequencing backing tracks. Up to 6 years ago I was still actually performing – in a heavy metal band! And it was wonderful. I guess the performer in me prompted this latest journey into radio presenting and would like to thank Elastic FM and the team here for giving me the opportunity to express and continue my love of music. Also, apart from painting in oils I have published several novels – one short story and a book on the history of Bolsover. There is no better feeling than creating something and being satisfied with the result. You can see my work at: stuarthaywood.com.
Stuart’s face book page – Stuart Haywood
Also visit the In The Country face book page – email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAUL HIBBERD – Presents POPS THE QUESTION Tuesdays 7.00 – 10.00 pm and – FROM ME TO YOU – Request Show – Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm
My name is Paul Hibberd, I am married and live in Sheffield and work at a Sheffield Academy School. I am also a Mobile Disc Jockey, and have been since 1981. I have been involved with radio since leaving school. I started out assisting two presenters at Radio Hallam, scouring local record shops for songs and material to be used in their shows. In 1992, I was the Station Manager and presenter on PHANTAM AM, a RSL Country Music station, from which I was invited to join Radio Nightingale. In 2001 I moved to Sheffield Hospital Radio and still present a weekly show. I joined Elastic FM in 2014 through my late step daughter, Kat Mayall’s enthusiasm with the station. Kat was a Director and Presenter, and during a visit to see her presenting, I spoke to Roger Neale and put forward my idea for Pops the Question, a weekly pop music quiz show, which has now been running several years.
MICHA MCLAREN –
I am a 22 year old with a passion for Performing Arts, Travelling and Music. Performing Arts has always been something that I have enjoyed doing because I love how you can be creative and really think outside of the box to show people who you really are. Drama has really helped me with my confidence and allowed me to become who I am today. My other love is Travelling as I want to explore the world and really see what it has to offer with all the amazing places and people – I want to see what I am missing! Music is something I can’t live without as it allows me to sing and dance when no one is around. Elastic FM has enabled me to do things that I didn’t think were possible, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. I currently present Micha’s Magical Mixes (7pm – 10pm) every Thursday. It is a show full all different genres of Music with different themes every week. I also do a show called Monday Mayhem (3pm – 6pm) with Stuart, Craig & Brian which can get pretty crazy but we always have a good laugh within the show and support one another with whatever we bring in that day. If you wish to contact me; FACEBOOK: Micha McLaren also Micha’s Magical Mixes
MARTIN GRAHAM and WILLIAM present THE SUNDAY NIGHT ROCKERY – Sundays 9.00 – 11.00 pm
Having served time in the entertainment industry by playing in a band in the pubs and clubs of the 1970s and 1980s and by working the odd disco since then, Martin Graham joined ElasticFM as a presenter in the summer of 2012 where he still retains his late Sunday evening (9pm – 11pm) slot. Strongly influenced by the likes of AM radio with John Peel, Bob Harris and Annie Nightingale, Martin’s playlist includes a wide variety of genres such as metal, rock, indie, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, punk, soft rock, folk rock and reggae. The trademark two hour Sunday evening show, “The Sunday Night Rockery”, is intended to “lull the audience into a peaceful frame of mind, ready to face another week of work”. William, who has Down’s Syndrome, joined the show a few years ago and he works hard not only behind the scenes by keeping the show on track but also by adding the odd – usually amusing – comment or two.
(GRANDAD) BRIAN DANIELS – Presents MY KIND OF MUSIC – Wednesdays 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
I began working at the age of just 15 for Mather and Platt Ltd in Manchester. By the age of 28 I was Chief Draughtsman. In 1968 I moved to Australia with my wife and son working in various Draughtsman positions and to the position of Works Engineer where I designed a £2m factory extension. 1972 saw us all return to the UK. The company relocated to the south and I was settled where I was so left and became a delivery agent for Securicor. After finally retiring we moved to Anglesey where we lived for 11 and I became a member of the RNLI at the local Life Boat Station.
Both my wife and I suffered from ill health so we moved to Shuttlewood near Bolsover where sadly she died in 2016. I first became involved with Elastic FM in November of 2016 and have presented my afternoon show ‘My Kind Of Music’ since then. The team here are very much like a second family for me and are very supportive and I enjoy every minute. Each week along with news and local events, I give out two recipes which have become very popular with my listeners.
CRAIG DARRAN – I Was brought up in South Normanton & I have played guitar in bands since the age of seventeen. For most of the eighties and nineties, I played guitar in a “poppy punk” band called “The Apocalypse Babys”. Whilst I was with them, I played all over the U.K. & out in Europe, as well as recording several singles, EP’s and albums. During the frequent long recording sessions I became interested in how the recording process worked and I ended up completing a sound engineering course, which came in useful as I co -engineering and produced several of the band’s album sessions. Despite leaving the band and joining a local covers band in the late 90’s, I returned as a session player & recorded many sessions for them for another fifteen years or so. I enjoy all kinds of music from The Beatles to Nirvana and pretty much everything in between…punk, blues, hard rock, folk, pop and metal… Apart from music, I worked in local authority for the environmental health team for nearly twenty years. In my spare time, I enjoy movies and would describe myself as a film buff and complete Star Wars nerd! I have also become a regular member of the Monday Mayhem Team
ALAN WILKINSON – Co Hosts THE FRIDAY VIBES from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm – RADIOACTIVE Tuesday from 3 till 4 pm and THE WEDNESDAY WIND DOWN 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Alan Wilkinson here! I’m really excited to be joining Elastic FM as it presents a fresh new challenge for me. I’m 63 years old this year & I have worked in local radio for the last nine years at both Peak FM for six & then Spire for last three years so you may have heard me on the airwaves already. I’m a family man & love to be out in the community meeting people. Join me on my new Friday drive time show from 2 til 5 where I’ll be playing music of all genres from the last six decades. I’ll also be taking your song requests. Check out the Elastic FM Presenters page on Facebook & my show page for regular updates.
DIANA THOMPSON – Presents ‘DIANA’S DRIVE TIME’ on Thursdays from 4.00 – 6.00 pm and co-hosts ‘AL AND DI’S FRIDAY VIBES on Fridays 1.00 – 4.00 pm
I was brought up in Hasland, Chesterfield. Music was always a big part of growing up, my Dad taught me to love all sorts of music as he promoted and recorded local bands in the 70s/80s. I listened to anything from Beatles to Beethoven, Country to Rock n Roll and this developed in a great passion and knowledge of music. I can also play piano, guitar, flute and violin! I also have a love of football, athletics and especially tennis.I left school at 16 and worked at one of the leading Chesterfield Accountancy firms for 17 years where I was the senior Payroll officer and had clients such as Chesterfield Football Club and other prominent businesses from the North Derbyshire area. I then worked at Oxfam for 5 years and retrained as a proofreader and copywriter and have recently set up my own business ‘Inspired Editing’ while I took a few months off work this year with ill health. Currently in my main job, I am head waitress and front of house at ‘No.10 Cafe, Restaurant and Bar’ in Chesterfield where I have worked for 8 years. I am also a carer for my Mum and a disabled friend.
I’m a single Mum now living in Newbold and have two fantastic children who I am very proud of. Ella has now graduated from the University of Sheffield with a master’s degree in Physics. James is currently at Nottingham Trent University studying for a Mathematics degree.
A latecomer to community radio at 50 years old, I started on Spire Radio early in 2018 when Alan Wilkinson asked listeners for requests on his show, invited me to co-present the following week and I fast became part of the social media and sports team, then started hosting solo shows in May 2019.
I work at Chesterfield Football Club on match days, where I report all the match data to the National press and I also accompany Alan at away matches helping with the social media posts, photos and videos. I was pleased and excited to join Elastic FM in September and back with my former presenting partner on ‘Al & Di’s Friday Drive’ and my own show ‘Diana’s Drive Time’. I have been made to feel very welcome by everyone at fantastic Elastic FM
AMY J BANNISTER –
My name is Amy J. I’m 19 years old & i’m currently studying for a degree in music at the University of Sheffield. I’ve lived in Chesterfield all of life, but I volunteered as a youth worker in Kent for a year after my A Levels (which was super fun)
I have a passion for all things music & I’ve been playing guitar since the age of 7 , in fact most weekends you can find me playing live at a local pub or restaurant! I love all genres of music & I have a really wide (some would say) crazy taste in music – especially as most of my favourite bands are from long before I was born.
As well as music, I also love cooking (actually just food in general), crafts & films. I really enjoy asking questions, even if they are somewhat random, but i’m always up for a laugh! My first time on the radio was at the age of 7 & as I can talk for hours on end, I absolutely loved it & I have jumped at every chance I’ve had to get behind a microphone ever since!
I’m really happy to be part of the EFM family, everyone is so lovely. You can hear my show “Amy J’s Allsorts” every Thursday from 2pm – 4pm. It’s a mix of all sorts (the clue is in the name), but the most important thing is it’s a fun 2 hours full of laughter (hopefully) & music. As a musician myself, i’m passionate about keeping live music venues alive so keep your ears open for facts about different venues both locally, but up & down the country as well. There’s also the possibility of some live music from the studio as well!
IAN CUSACK – Presents FUNNY FOLK Monday 8.00 – 10.00 pm and Hosts WEEKEND WARM UP OF SPORT Fridays 7.00 – 9.00 pm
I originate from Kent and have had a varied career, none of which involved music or radio, from chemistry to therapy via building and local government. I got involved in this and much more via Charlie Walden’s Spire Media, his reporting projects and his sports show on Spire radio. In addition to my own show FUNNY FOLK on Mondays from 8.00 til 10.00 pm, I also cover Chesterfield FC pre-match press conferences. My musical taste is quite eclectic ranging from classical to hard rock and even a little opera, country and folk too. I don’t really believe in putting music into boxes, it’s more a case of “if I like it then it’s good”. I also anchor Weekend Warm up of Sport with Graham Abercrombie, Steve Yorke and regular reports from Charlie Walden, Fridays 6pm to 8pm.
DARREN KAY – Presents – MOVIES AND MUSICALS – Mondays 6.00 – 8.00 pm
DAVID KELLY – Presents David Kelly In The Afternoon 3 – 6 pm Every Tuesday
David Kelly has always had an interest in music – being brought up on a mixture of 70s and 80s rock,
pop and new wave, and also on his grandfather’s Irish folk and Country collection.
In more recent years he continues to broaden his music collection, searching out lesser
known tracks from famous artists, whilst also on the hunt for something new – regardless of genre.
First making an appearance on community radio whilst at Springwell Community School
on their own station, Emerald Radio, David returned to the airwaves at Spire Radio in April 2019.
By day, David is an accountant, but outside of this, also has a keen interest in transportation,
and is involved with several transport preservation groups, including being joint News Sheet Editor
for Transpire – The Chesterfield Bus Society. He also enjoys travelling, photography, and real ale,
amongst other things – and any combination of the above is not uncommon on a day out if opportunity
David currently presents David Kelly In The Afternoon between 3pm to 6pm on Tuesday afternoons,
taking you on a musical journey spanning past to present, playing well known and forgotten hits,
and introducing others you may never have heard before, as well as supporting local artists.