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Hi I'm Pam Eastwood.  I play the best of Motown music between 10 and 11am on a Monday, sprinkled with useful (yes it is!) trivia about the musicians, singers and writers

I also present a classical music programme called In Classical Mood on a Tuesday lunchtime from 12 till 1.  I love chatting to people on the wards and in the clinics to find out what kind of music is wanted.  We can have a pretty good try to keep everyone happy all the time!

I was lucky to meet Johnnie Walker at a book signing in Birmingham in 2007

Johnnie Walker with Pam 2007

Victor Spinetti with Pam 2008


... and met Victor Spinetti at his one man show in Telford in 2008 - he was such a lovely man, and I was so sad to hear he'd passed away on 18 June 2012

I’ve worked in and around radio for over 35 years.  My first job on leaving school was my dream job, in the record library, in those days 'gram library', at BBC Radio Merseyside.  It was only a 6 week temporary post, but I worked on Reception on  Sundays for 6 years.  Amongst the people I worked with at the Beeb were Billy Butler, Bob Azurdia, Dick Duckenfield, Nick Clarke, Alistair McDonald, Janice Long, Phil Pinnington, and Pam with Tim Evans in Ops 1 at Merseyside 1974Tim Evans

I got involved with community radio in Halton in 1993 and whilst studying for the City & Guilds radio and journalism course linked to it, met volunteers from Radio Halton.  We all enjoyed the practical and written work, thanks to our tutor Colin Harvey and not only gained qualifications, but organised a 4-week broadcast of Halton FM.  The studio was in the former ladies’ toilet block (!) of the old college buildings at Simms Cross, where Widnes Asda now stands

At the same time I joined the hospital radio team and co-presented a programme called “Girls Talk”.  Within a few years I was elected to the committee of Trustees as Honorary Secretary (Honorary just means not paid for work done!).  I manage the recruitment of new volunteers, arrange meetings and keep the minutes

John Seddon click for larger imageI worked at Marcher Sound in Wrexham with John Seddon (former Radio Halton StationAndy Bonner - click to enlarge Manager), and we were saddened to hear he passed away at the end of March 2011

 In 1997 I started working on the Wirral at MFM with journalist Andy Bonner who currently works on Granada Reports

From 1998-2000 I worked as a technical operator in Warrington for Wire FM’s sports shows

I enjoy listening to music of every kind, from classical to current chart hits, from the old crooners like Sinatra to modern bands like Keane.  If it has a catchy melody you can sing along to, then it’s in my good song book

Pam with Michael Bruce in London Colney 2001 - click to enlargeAnother claim to fame was when I met Alice Cooper's guitarist and songwriter Michael Bruce when he visited the UK in 2001

 

 

 

 

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