MEET THE TEAM

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Neal Bowden

Announcer

Neal's interest in radio goes back to when he was 10 years old when he quickly realised that he too wanted to have his own show. He started out at Worcester Hospital Radio collecting ward requests and helping out with occasional slots until he was given his own show.  

 

He started his professional radio career working behind the scenes at BBC Hereford and Worcester before working for Sunshine 855 in Ludlow, Shropshire. Since then he has gone on to work and manage a number of stations not only in the UK, but around the world including, Dubai, Thailand and Oman.

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Katy Jay

Presenter - 'Mixed Feelings'

Producer - Various Programmes

Station Music Curator Team Member

Katy started making 'cassette player radio' as a hobby aged 8; then aged 14 progressed to weekly mixtapes for classmates called 'Blended To Perfection' - speech and poetry snippets combined with radio music from all over the world, spliced in between newly purchased music.

 

In 2022 she celebrated 23 years in radio broadcasting - having presented and produced programmes on various Midlands-based community and BBC FM radio stations and online via podcasts. Through this industry experience she has honed her talent for unearthing unusual and under-the-radar musical treasures, standing them shoulder to shoulder with large label releases in unique tracklists.


Katy presents 'Mixed Feelings' - two hours of chilled music, carefully curated from the heart.

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Victoria Shotton-Oza

Station Voice

Victoria’s first taste of radio came from a weeks work placement at Beacon Radio, in Wolverhampton. However, after graduating with a Media degree, she decided on a career in TV production and worked for Mentorn Barraclough Carey and Planet 24 before finally settling for a BBC production staff job. Working as a Production Secretary and PC on anything and everything – from The Queen Mum’s 100th from St. Pauls to Notting Hill Carnival (and literally everything in between!) she left the BBC in 2005 to have children and decided to become a professional voice over artist. Since then, she’s voiced hundreds and hundreds of commercials for radio and was delighted to become the station voice for Skylab Radio in 2013.

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Paul Teague

Founder / Director

Presenter - 'Suburban Calm

Station Music Curator Team Member

Paul is the owner/licence holder of Skylab Radio, who also produces some of the programming and makes the tea. Paul initially established Skylab Radio as an online test stream in 2009, however he launched the station in its own right in 2011. Paul has since guided Skylab Radio to its present status as an Ofcom-licensed Digital Radio Station.

Paul has been interested in radio since he was 11 years old. He joined Worcester Hospital Radio, aged 13 and gained his first role in commercial radio in 1994; working as a Technical Operator at Sunshine 855 in Ludlow, Shropshire. Since then; Paul has presented on numerous commercial radio stations in the UK, including The Revolution, Radio Wave, Wirral's Buzz, Classic Gold, The Wolf and The Bear, as well as community station - Tameside Radio. He also owned and operated several restricted radio licences, known as 'Stourbridge FM', which helped lay the foundation to the present community radio service.

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P L T

Presenter - 'Boudoir Underground'

PLT's radio history stretches back over thirty years and has been a mainstay of Sunday night listening in the Black Country for much of that time. He was a part of the 'Stourbridge FM' trial broadcasts, and helped launch community radio station '102.5 'The Bridge' in Stourbridge.  

He has been a DJ since his teenage years, with both a mobile set up and nightclub residencies. Today he prefers the warmth of a radio studio and a nice mug of hot chocolate... Soul & chillout are his preferred genres, but most 80s & 90s tunes are loved. Also "Cat Dad" to a few-dozen felines in the local rescue centre

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Ann Marie Walsh

Announcer

With a career spanning two decades, Ann Marie started out in the Irish music industry in her mid-teens when she initially decided to be a sound engineer.  She applied to the local radio station for work experience and started on Radio Kilkenny answering phones and making coffee before moving behind the mic.  Over a decade there she won awards for her presentation skills and particularly her support of fledgling Irish artists.  Her show was later syndicated in France and on Anna Livia FM in Dublin. She is an alumnus of the Rock School in Ballyfermot Senior College in Dublin where she studied music management and then music performance as a singer.  While in college she worked on RTÉ 2FM and on Cork Rock.

 

Ann Marie joined 8Radio.com when it began broadcasting over 5 years ago and presents several programmes a week - curating a select mix of emerging and interesting talent from all countries and genres – from alt roots to electro, indie and beyond, alongside music, gig news and live sessions. Ann Marie also DJ’s at the Silent Disco at Dublin music venue - Whelans. Additionally, Ann Marie has been involved in many other areas of the music industry over 20 years, including music and arts PR under her company - Novatone Music Media, booking/production/stage & venue management of a wide range of cultural events.

MEET THE TEAM

 

Skylab Radio features some very talented

individuals who lend their skills to our station. These skills are portrayed in the form of presentation, announcement delivery and programme production.