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Len Groat

I was born in London so fortunate to first be inspired by the North Sea pirate station ‘Big L’ in the 1960s. After 5 years on University radio in Wales I was then 24 years old when commercial radio launched in Britain.

We finally broke the BBC monopoly of radio, and I loved my times on Metro Radio in Newcastle and Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. I then found my ‘radio nest’ in the East Midlands on Radio Trent for 17 great years.

But one of my proudest moments was in 1988 when I dreamt-up the name ‘GEM’ for the first ‘gold’ station in the East Midlands – Solid Gold GEM AM. I was put in charge of the team, the music and the Dallas jingles – a ‘Dream job’ in radio!

GEM kept me very busy as I looked after the station, the DJs, and found some new ones, including some who are still with us on today’s Solid Gold GEM AM – including that naughty Andy Marriott! It was great fun choosing the oldies and helping create the memorable station jingles in Dallas Texas, (some of which we have now revived plus many new ones!) However, my work meant that on the original GEM I never had a regular show, but I do now!

Email: len@solidgoldgemam.co.uk



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