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6th February 2012 - Dants - The Album...

Going into a recording studio is always a very exciting time for me.

I first started putting my own songs on tape my nearly a quarter of a century ago. Of course nowadays, tape is nowhere to be seen in your average studio. It’s all Logic this and Pro-Tools that – a world away from reel-to-reel and the era where if you recorded a 99.5% perfect drum take but made just one dodgy snare drum hit, you had to either live with it or record the whole damn thing again -which at £15 an hour wasn’t always the smartest option for a band of eager yet meagre musicians.

16th January 2012 - Boo boys and new boys

My previous blog was in tribute to my late friend Dave Hodgson who passed away on New Years Eve – thank you for reading it in such numbers.

Suffice to say that his memorial service was held this weekend just gone in the church where he and Tatty were married – it was every bit as he would have wanted it to be and the sheer number of well wishers who packed St John The Baptist church as well as the Kings Head pub next door for the wake afterwards spoke volumes.

2nd Jan 2012 - RIP Dave Hodgson

Well what a dreadful dreadful start to 2012.

Dave Hodgson, one of the bravest men I’ve ever met in my life, finally succumbed to cancer as 2011 ended. My immediate thoughts and condolences to his young wife Natalie, her daughter Olivia and all of Dave’s nearest and dearest.

His bravery came in the way in which he faced blood cancer head on and tweeted every stage of his fight with no small amount of humour along the way, never once descending into self-pity or overstating his situation.

Xmas/New Year shows 2011/2012

Just a note as to my talkSPORT work schedule over the festive period.

Sat 24th December (Xmas Eve) - 3-6pm with Ray Houghton

Mon 26th December (Boxing Day) Watford v Cardiff reports from Noon, then Kick Off 7-10pm

Tues 27th December Mid Morning show 10am-1pm

Sat 31st December (NYE) Kick Off 7-10pm

Mon 2nd January 2012 Kick Off 7-10pm

I'll also be commentating on West Brom v Everton for Everton TV on New Years Day. 12.30 kick off

Hope you can join me for any of those :o)

Thurs 22nd December - The Bum on drums & Euro Doldrums

So 2011 is almost done and what a strange year it’s been in some ways for yours truly – mostly in a musical sense! Having to leave the ultimate tribute band (Dressed To Kill natch), helping out 2 others and now, as the year draws to a close I’m finally getting the chance to be at my most musically creative – namely, to record my own album of original material.

TalkSPORT weekend 10/11th Dec 2011

Couple of things this weekend - first my Football First show starts slightly earlier than usual at 7pm with ray Houghton my co-host

Then I'm covering for Alan Brazil the following day on Sunday Exclusive from noon - Alvin Martin is alongside me and we'll have exclusive national radio commentary on Sunderland vs Blackburn from 1.30 that afternoon with Sam Matterface & Stan Collymore.

Week commencing 28th Nov

Busy week on the way...

I'll be at Derby/Brighton in the nPower Championship on Tuesday night first of all with reports into Kick Off on talkSPORT.

Then I shall be providing commentary via UEFA.com & various worldwide outlets on Braga/Birmingham City in the Europa League on Wednesday night, so any ex-pat Bluenoses will be able to hear me calling the game right around the globe - it promises to be quite a game with the group very tightly contested between Blues, Braga & Club Brugge who travel to Maribor on the same night.

Tues 8th November 2011 - How it all began...at 1500 feet.

I am just one of countless broadcasters (especially in the sporting field) who is asked one question more than any other – namely “How did you get into radio?” or sometimes, as it was asked by a chap who met me at Gems TV once “How the hell did YOU get into radio?” Seriously, it has been asked in that way without the slightest concern over my reaction to the tone of it. Charming.

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