Who’s in the soup?
There are a lot of people in the soup. They do stuff and things and what not. These are they and these are their stories.
I am Primordial Radio. I have dreams, aspirations, and hopes tempered by fear, doubts, and uncertainty, I have good moments and bad and never a day passes where I get it all right. I do my best with what I have and strive to make things better. I passionately believe in people and their ideas and think the world would be a better place with less ego, vanity, anger and greed. I am a father, husband, son, brother, friend, and colleague and in all those roles I try to be myself. I drink way too much and truly wish I knew why. I like music, particularly rock, but it’s the people I love as they make me feel less lonely. Along with my wife, Jo, I have written two children’s books (have a look if you’re interested) and I have spent virtually all my adult life working in radio.
Dewsbury Content Director
I am Primordial Radio. I’m also not one to take myself too seriously. Moose once told me “Just because we make light of a situation, doesn’t mean we take it lightly” and that stuck with me, as it kinda sums up my approach to work, life and everything else. Take care of business, but try and have fun while you’re doing it. I’m a professional broadcaster who has been lucky enough to spend his entire career so far working in rock music. This is in my blood; both the music and entertaining people. Before I figured out that radio was the direction I wanted to go in, I spent years plugging away with bands, convinced that rock superstardom was my destiny. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t. Go figure. Once I realised that the world just wasn’t ready for my music (or that I wasn’t good enough!) it came as no surprise when I gravitated towards a career in entertainment. I’ve been the class clown since infant school, and now that I’m 36 years old that shows no sign of letting up. I was trying to think of something I could write here about life outside of work, but it always seems to come out sounding like a dating advert… “I enjoy long walks in to country, watching sunsets, and burning churches etc…” Fuck that. For the last few months Primordial has been my life. The pub, the xbox and the gym have only really been extended lunch breaks from this, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Oh, and I’m a fully paid-up crazy-cat-person as well. My cat Max is definitely the brains in my house.
Pete Bailey Music Director
Alright, alright, alright… How do! I’m Pete Bailey and I am Primordial Radio. For the last decade (fucking hell, a decade?!?!) I’ve spent my life in the world of rock & metal trying to promote new bands in whatever way I could. It’s had its ups and downs but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. I exercise too little, watch way too much Netflix and sadly now get awful hangovers, EUGH. Perhaps it was from watching Back To The Future as a kid but I’ve always believed the future is whatever we make of it and if you want to change something, then go ahead and change it. I love to travel, hang with friends, spend time with family and have an insatiable appetite for all things interesting and fascinating in the world, which led me to start my own podcast ‘Wonder Junkie’ where I basically geek out about science, film, history and music if that takes your fancy – Wonder Junkie
Blowfish Presenter / Environmental Consultant
I am Tom “The Blowfish” Hird
I’m a Marine Biologist, Broadcaster and Author. I’m also proud to be a Marine
Conservation Society Ocean Ambassador and Primordial Radio’s Environmental
My passion is the seas, and the creatures within them. I’ve dedicated my life to
helping them and educating the public about them in new and unique ways… and always
with a Metal soundtrack in the background. Primordial Radio and The Blowfish are
similar beasts, both passionate and committed to a cause, both unique and real (no
corporate shills here!), both willing to do what it takes to make a difference!!
I first started bothering the good people of Primordial when they worked in the old
place, since then, I’ve continued to bother them until they gave me a podcast and
now a show! Now I can spread the good word of metal and conservation in one swift
movement… and who doesn’t love a swift movement??
I like Cricket, Cartoons, Toys and Warhammer 40k.
I’m a Seagan (I don’t eat aquatic animals, but do eat terrestrial animals)
I play bass badly
I am The Blowfish, the World’s ONLY Heavy Metal Marine Biologist
I am Primordial
Claire Flavin Presenter
Hello hello! My name is Claire Flavin and I am Primordial Radio. I am a professional suit wearing trainee solicitor by day, and a head banging battle jacket wearing metalhead by night!
I’ve never planned to have a career in music and since watching Legally Blonde when I was about 8 I’ve only ever wanted to be a lawyer (although it’s not quite as glamorous as they have you believe!). When the opportunity to join Primordial just fell in my lap, it was not something that I could have ever turned down. I’m so excited that I’ve been given a platform to share my love of rock and metal with other likeminded people across the UK, and even more excited that I finally have an excuse to endlessly harp on about Parkway Drive all of the time…
I may not be a professional radio presenter, but I’m a passionate radio presenter and I hope I can bring my own vibrant, bubbly and feminine flair to the already incredible team here at Primordial.
Ted Rock Presenter
Club and radio DJ with twenty plus years of getting away with it and never being good enough to actually make it, yet. That’s the sad story of this orphan boy from San Diego, California, that spent most of his life in Dublin, Ireland and one day arrived off a boat in Glasgow Scotland, before travelling south and stopping in various cities along the way on his journey of self-discovery. What he discovered was that no one gave a fuck, so why should he. Welcome to the Ted Rock Show.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. so fuck it, Primordial Radio it is then.
Juls Presenter / CashCow
Aye Aye! I am Juls and I am Primordial. Music has always been my life so when the opportunity to become involved in Primordial Radio arose I grabbed it with both hands. First hocking the beer and now….actually on the station eeeeeek!!! I have zero xp in professional broadcasting but, a few impromptu shows in, I’ve kinda got the deal and I like to think my love of the music and the ability to talk the hind leg off a chair will see me reet.
I’ll keep it non ranty, play all the bangers and hopefully keep you entertained on a weekend while you’re going about the tedium that is life admin. Studio8 baby!!!!
John Moorby Presenter
Hello I am John. I am so excited to be a part of this family coming at you from Down under. I am a rock and metal and musical madman, a bad guitarist, and a lover of Manchester and the wider UK.
I love new music. I love what is coming from the underground. I love what an established band does next. I have searched the world for a medium that goes beyond the generic greatest hits format of traditional radio, and ended up lost. My journey began with a community radio spot in the nineties that didn’t lead to much, but I kept searching, watching bands and buying music. I eventually discovered Rock Radio/Real XS/Team Rock and found there are some seriously fun and committed presenters who are passionate as I am about rock and metal.
With the formation of Primordial Radio, I have these personalities back in my life, who seem like mates, even though they are thousands of miles away. I also have the PRFam, the most beautiful bunch of like-minded individuals, who have your back, like a tasty beverage, like a party and love rock and metal. Come to our AGM, you will have a blast as my Wife and I did attending our very first event.
Primordial Radio is there for us and now I can contribute even being so far away. As engraved on my Stormbender speaker, I follow the motto of Love, Life and Lollipops. I am Primordial Radio.
Alright! My name is Sian but my mates call me Muggs (short for Muggins)
Things that make me grin… cartoons, guitars, comics, games, loud music, martinis, skateboarding and beer. Although, it’s not always a good idea to mix those last two things together – I’ll tell you that story another time. I’m in Studio 10, in East London. My two dogs are also here with me, which to be quite frank is a terrible idea as they are super noisy and have decided that I absolutely must be alerted every time a car drives past.
I love terrible jokes, I love hanging out with people and talking rubbish and I love things that are spooky. When people who know me call me a weirdo it makes me proud, because that’s who I am. I’m also proud that I’m super queer… I am proud to be a queerdo. I am Primordial Radio.
Miss Rach Presenter
I remember I was in a car park outside work when I got the call about Rock Radio. I’d never wanted something more in my life! And man, did it live up to the expectation.
But here’s what surprised me… it wasn’t just about the music. Or the bits in between the songs. Or the gigs. It was the people. The family.
We were the ginger step child. In it together. We rallied and fought the machine. We chased our dream and never stopped believin’.
Along that journey, life happened. Houses, kids, jobs. And in the blink of an eye four years have passed.
It’s both a privilege and bewildering I’m still able to work in radio. I must have saved a fortune on red hair dye and eye liner, waiting for the planets to align. The silent participant. Until now…
Primordial Fam – it’s been a long time coming \m/
Phill Thorne Presenter
Greetings, I am Phill and it would appear I am now Primordial! And that makes me so damn happy!
Have been fortunate enough to work with Moose before, four weeks in a Portakabin enduring the mother of all thunderstorms and heatwaves that would strip the paint of Gene Simmons’s face! But it was an experience and the music and the main man himself is how I found Primordial. And I’m so glad I did!
My tastes, Status Quo to Skindred with some Slayer and Scarecrow (of the Evil variety) thrown into the cauldron. Been pottering around local radio for a few years, did a rock show for a while and once interviewed Chris Slade of ACDC. Have no discernible talent to play an instrument, the aforementioned Mr Slade once told me I couldn’t even play air drums properly…..
Been on a few quiz shows on the telly, I might make reference to this occasionally as its all I’ve got! I’ve got no idea what the show is gonna consist of, gonna see where my size twelves end up!
Emma Scott Presenter
I’m really looking forward to joining the Primordial team and getting back on air regularly. It’s been too long. I love the station and I love the “family vibe” and that’s what’s drawn me to finally saying yes to Moose. This has been about 7 years in the making!
As for what I’ll do on my show, I have no idea. My head is full of strange things. I may throw in some advice for bands and musicians to help them get further in the music industry or I may just end up talking about my dog! I’m looking forward to plenty of listener interaction and also discovering new music that I wouldn’t have heard before.
My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster since leaving full time radio 7 years ago and so much has changed in that time. But my love for radio has never gone away and I think now’s the time for “the wench” to get back behind the mic, whack the headphones on, open my mouth and see what comes out. I hope you can join me.
Becca Louise Jones – Bubbles Brunch With Bex
James Espley (JRock) – Cavalcade of Whimsy
Scott Hackett – Full Metal Failey
James Espley – Imaging
Bill Courage – Imaging
Rozie White – APIWASS
Mark Woodhouse – Technical Director
Mark Bentley – Web/App Developer
Chris Colden – Web/App Developer
Simon Curr – Website Content
Blunty – Support
Vikki Colden – Marketing
Matt Young – Merch Designer
Ed Blunt – Merch Organiser
Nick Manning – Affiliates
Debi Christopher – Social Media
Sam Harwood – FAMMail
Alex Hughes – Merch Photography
Sean Ayling – Beer Maker
Paul Wilks – Product Development
Shaun – Product Development
Hollie Marshall – AGM
Pridge – AGM
Mark Manby – Big Bang
Leanne Starbrook – PR Fam Fest
Angela Lane – PR Fam Fest/Cake
Christine Schultz – Catering
James Brown – Catering
James Nicholson – Catering
Paul Marshall – Logistics
Full Metal Hackett – Logistics
Neil Cossey – Accounts
Lauren Stuart – Accounts
Mike Lacy – Ideas Collation