Tony has been a weekly radio broadcaster for over 28 years, and still presents for Premier Christian Radio and contributes to BBC Radio 2’s Pause For Thought Early Breakfast Show – now with Owain Wyn Evans.
Tony presented a 5-6 hour Saturday Breakfast show for Premier Christian Radio for over 13 years (1997-2010). Due to work pressures, Tony now presents a two-hour solo show, the ‘Saturday Quiet Time’, from 6 am until 8 a.m. every Saturday (2010 – to date). He also contributes to a number of radio stations, including being a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause For Thought Early Breakfast Show (previously with Vanessa Feltz for many years and now with Owain Wyn Evans), and occasionally Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show, and also on BBC Radio 4). Tony is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Religion and Media Centre.
Tony started at Premier in October 1997 (two years after its formation), 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 co-presented with Dave Rose: Premier’s Big Breakfast, 6 a.m. – 12 noon every Saturday.
Tony continued to present the Big Breakfast as a solo show again for a while from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. until later that year Lizzie Crow was appointed as his co-presenter. Tony’s successful partnership with Lizzie ended when she left the show before Christmas in 2009. Eventually in 2010, by choice, Tony reduced his ‘on air’ hours and since then has presented the two hour ‘Saturday Quiet Time’ from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. to date.
How it began
Back in the late ’70s, 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 ‘Talk Shop’ presenter on Ten 17 FM (part of Essex FM).
- Mobile DJ (5 yrs) 1978-1983
- Hospital radio presenter: (8 yrs) 1984-1986, 1989-1995
- Member: Easter People executive – various roles (1988-2004), including RSL broadcasting 1991-1997.
- Presenter: Ten 17 FM (2 yrs) 1995-1997 – 2 hrs weekly, topical phone-in/music show.
- Presenter: 5-6 hrs weekly Premier Radio 1997 to 2010.
- Presenter: 2 hrs weekly Premier Radio 2010 to date. (That’s over 22 years in total with Premier!)
- 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 subsequently a member of theMediaNet from 2009 to date.
- Member of the Churches Media Council trustee/executive. Appointed 2005-2009
- A founding trustee of the successor to the Churches Media Council, the Church and Media Network. 2009 to 2015. During this time, Tony served as both deputy chair and chair of the Network (including themedianet).
- Attended the Churches Media Council conference from 1992-2009 and the Church and Media Network conference since 2010.
- Part of the ChurchAds.Net (Former the Churches Advertising Network) – from 2006 to 2013.
- Published first book of radio thoughts – ‘Like A Child’ 2003
- Published second book of radio thoughts – ‘Maybe Today’ 2009 and his thrid book ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ in 2012.
- Contributor to the Nationwide Christian Trust’s daily devotional ‘Living Light’ – from 2004 to 2017. This was 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
- A contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause For Thought – the 5.45 a.m. live slot – usually on Monday or Friday mornings, now with Owain Wyn Evans. 2010 to date.
- Shortlisted for a Jerusalem Award for his Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2 for TBI Media Ltd.
- Presented Sunday Worship for BBC Radio 4 from Methodist Central Hall on 20th May 2012, 24th March 2014, & 3rd May 2015.
- 2017 Enabled and was involved with BBC Songs of Praise being recorded and broadcast from Methodist Central Hall Westminster.
- 2017 Tony was declared an ‘International Honoree’ by the Spin Awards 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, and Premier Christian Radio also won ‘International Station of the Year’.
- 2017 Tony became a member of the Advisory Board for the Religion and Media Centre.