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Andy Siddell

Andy’s love of radio started back in the summer of 1975 when commercial radio first launched in his home town of Nottingham, England. He soon made friends with announcers that worked at the radio station and his heart was set on becoming a radio announcer. With only a small number of radio stations around at that time Andy found it almost impossible to break into this line of work

So for the next decade he worked in a few different fields. From the textile industry to property management accounting Andy moved around the UK and ended up in London in the mid-eighties.
He never gave up his ambition of working in radio and totally by accident he one day met a man who would help him realize his dream.

Chris Carey owned an electronics company and he too was also a huge fan of radio. So much so that Chris set up his own radio station, Radio Nova. But this was no ordinary radio station, Radio Nova broadcast via satellite to radio stations all over Europe providing overnight programming to stations that would normally close down from midnight to 6am. Chris took a chance and allowed Andy to work the weekend overnight shifts in the summer of 1988.

In 1990 Radio Aire split their AM & FM frequencies and Magic 828 was born on July 17th. Andy worked for Magic 828 as a presenter and head of music until 2006 when he was moved to Newcastle upon Tyne and the Metro Radio building, the home of the Magic Network, where Andy presented the networked afternoon show and 80’s Magic at the weekend. Andy was also head of music for the network and was responsible for many aspects of the station including the websites. After working for the same radio group for 21 years Andy decided to hang up his headphones and move to Canada in 2009.

As well as radio Andy also worked for one of the TV networks in the UK doing voice-overs between programs. The radio and TV stations were next door to one another and one day whilst he was talking to one of the announcers he said “I’d love to introduce Coronation Street on the TV”

After a couple of phone calls to the controller of the TV station Andy was invited in for a chat which led to him working as a TV announcer for almost 7 years. The TV Company was Granada TV; the one that produces Coronation Street, which meant that Andy not only got to introduce his favourite TV show he also got to visit the actual street and film set and has also met a number of the characters.

By 2009, when Andy decided to emigrate to Canada, his afternoon radio program was being broadcast by no less than eight radio stations covering the north of England from Sheffield in South Yorkshire to Leeds in West Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Stockton-on-Tees and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

After arriving in Canada he decided to take a year out but his love for being on the radio didn’t fade and after exploring the various radio stations in the area he joined 95.5 Hits FM in Belleville, Ontario.

Because there aren’t any good oldies stations in the area where he lives he jumped at the chance of being part of Solid Gold Gem AM where you can hear him seven days a week presenting The Getogether from 9am – noon weekdays, The Golden Year at 3pm every day and from 8-9pm Saturdays with The Old School Disco.

Email: andy@solidgoldgemam.co.uk



Andy Siddell