Tony has been a commercial radio broadcaster for 17 years and presented the 5 hour Saturday breakfast show for Premier Christian Radio for over 15 years. Across all platforms, Premier’s weekly reach is over 400,000 people. Due to pressure of work, Tony now only presents a two hour solo show, the ‘Saturday Quiet Time’, from 6am until 8am every Saturday. He also contributes to a number of radio stations (inlcuding Radio 2) and is a member of the Radio Academy.
Tony started at Premier in October 1997,
co-presenting the ‘M&M Show’ with Phil Mercer. In March 2001 the Saturday breakfast show became ‘Miles In The Morning’, which he presented as a solo show. In November 2005 his involvement on Saturdays was extended through a new show that that co-presented with Dave Rose: ‘Premier’s Big Breakfast’, 6am – 12 noon every Saturday.
In 2007, Dave was promoted and is now Premier’s programme controller and also the
co-presenter of Premier Drive. Tony continued to present the Big Breakfast as a solo show again for a while from 6am until 11am until later that year Lizzie Crow was appointed has his co-presenter. Tony’s successful partnership with Lizzie ended when she left the show before Christmas in 2009. Now, by choice, Tony has reduced his ‘on air’ hours and presetns the Tony presents the two hour ‘Saturday Quiet Time’ from 6am until 8am.
How it began
Back in the late 70′s, Tony established ‘Catch 45 mobile discotheque’ in the Epsom (Surrey) area, which he ran semi-professionally with a friend, Martin, for many years. At that time he used to work during the day for a firm City Stockbrokers and as a DJ in the evenings.
Tony’s involvement in broadcasting began in hospital radio and later with Easter People radio. In 1995 he became the presenter of the ‘Talk Shop’ on Ten 17 FM (part of Essex FM).
- Mobile DJ (5 yrs) 1978-1983
- Hospital radio presenter: (8 yrs) 1984-1986, 1989-1995
- Presenter: Ten 17 FM (2 yrs) 1995-1997 – 2 hrs weekly, topical phone-in/music show.
- Presenter: 4-6 hrs weekly Premier Radio 1997 to date.
- London N.E. District, Radio and TV Secretary 1992-2001
- Chair: Essex Churches Media Group 1996 to 2003. Group member since 1992 to date.
- Member: Association of Christians in the Media (ACM) 1992 to 2009, and subsequenlty a member of theMediaNet from 2009 to date.
- Member of the Churches Media Council trustee/executive. Appointed 2005-2009
- A founding trustee and deputy chair of the successor to the Churches Media Council, the Church and Media Network. 2009 to date.
- Attended the Churches Media Council conference from 1992-2009 and the Church and Media Network conference since 2010.
- Member: Easter People executive – various roles (1988-2004), including RSL broadcasting 1991-1997.
- Part of the ChurchAds.Net (Former the Churches Advertising Network) – since 2006.
- Published first book of radio thoughts – ‘Like A Child’ 2003
- Published second book of radio thoughts – ‘Maybe Today’ 2009
- Contributor to the Nationwide Christian Trust’s daily devotional ‘Living Light’ – from 2004 to date. This is also broadcast on Premier Radio.
- A short-listing judge for the Jerusalem Radio Awards – 2007, 2008, 2009.
- A judge for the Christian web and blog awards – 2008
- An occasional contributor to BBC Radio 2′s Pause For Thought – the 5.45am live slot with Vanessa Feltz on Monday or Friday mornings.
- Shortlisted for a Jersualem Award for his Pause for Thought on BBC Radio for TBI Media Ltd.
- Presented Sunday Worship for BBC Radio 4 from Methodist Central Hall on 20th May 2012.