MEET THE TEAM

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 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.

Tom Green

Announcer

Tom's worked in radio for 25 years and if you have ever listened to Amber Radio in Norwich or Wave 105 in Hampshire you may have heard him before! Tom has mostly worked in the Middle East with stints in Cairo, Dubai and Muscat.

 

He lives with four cats and three dogs and is considering opening his home as a petting zoo.

Lucy Haigh

Music Research

Producer - 'Skylab Radio Playlist'  Saturday 10pm

Lucy has been involved with Skylab Radio since 2017 and now researches and selects many of the tracks playlisted on the station.  She has also produced numerous editions of the 'Skylab Radio Playlist', initially as a member of the 'Masked DJ Collective' alongside Paul Teague.  Lucy has wide and varied musical passions, ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony to contemporary indie bands and electronica. 

 

Away from Skylab, Lucy is a full-time choral director.  At the age of eighteen, she founded the internationally award-winning Hildegard Choir for girls in Oxford. She emigrated to Australia in 2006 to take up the position of Head of Choral Music at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.   Lucy returned to the UK in 2010 and is now Cathedral Choral Director for the Diocese of Leeds.  She directs three of Leeds Cathedral’s six choirs, which have broadcast many times on BBC Radio and Television.  She also teaches in ten primary schools each week as part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. 

Sarah Hall

Presenter - 'Skylab Radio Playlist'  Saturday 10pm

Born in Canada, Sarah spent most of her childhood in Toronto and Yellowknife.

Her first recording experience was performing on the soundtrack for the film ‘Hidden Lake Kids’ and on TV for Jim Henson Productions. As a teenager, Sarah moved to England and graduated from Manchester University, then moved to London and traveled around the world as a long haul Cabin Crew member.

Sarah's career in broadcasting began soon afterwards, working as a voiceover artist and in community and commercial radio as a presenter on ALL FM, Revolution 96.2 as well as researching, producing and presenting programmes and content for BBC Radio London, London2012 and MediaCityUK. Currently; Sarah hosts the mid-morning/early afternoon show on Tameside Radio, in Ashton-under-Lyne. 

Sarah’s links with Skylab goes back to 2011, when she became the first ‘station voice’. Sarah now presents 'The Skylab Radio Playlist' - Saturday at 10pm.

Katy Jay

Music Research

Presenter - 'Mixed Feelings'  Monday 10pm

Producer - 'Skylab Radio Playlist'  Saturday 10pm

Katy started making 'cassette player radio' as a hobby aged 8, then aged 14 elevated to weekly mixtapes for classmates called 'Blended To Perfection', covering speech and poetry snippets combined with music from radio all over the world.

In 2019; she celebrated 20 years presenting on numerous radio stations based in the West Midlands - 1350 WCR AM, 101.8 WCRfm, Beacon Radio and BBC Radio WM - curating and presenting a wide range of magazine and music shows that honed her talent for unearthing unusual and under-the-radar musical treasures, as new music is her passion.

She has been privileged to DJ with Hacienda Legend Dave Booth in Manchester, and provide chillout sets for gigs and festivals in the Midlands and the South West.

Katy presents 'Mixed Feelings' - two hours of chilled music, carefully curated from the heart and is also part of the 'Masked DJ Collective', producing some of the 'Skylab Radio Playlist' programming.

Micko Roche

Presenter - 'Balearica' Monthly (Third Saturday) 11pm

Micko Roche is emerging as one of Ireland's most unique artists and producers on the scene today and is already supported by Jose Padilla, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding and Blank & Jones. Micko hails from picturesque Waterford on the Southeast coast of Ireland and utilises a unique blend of chilled out grooves and live instruments, which come together beautifully to create a soul soothing Balearic experience. As a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Micko's background lies in live performance touring most of his life throughout Ireland, the UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia.

 

You can find out more about Micko's and his music via his website.

Balearica showcases the newest Downtempo, Chillout, Electronica and Balearic releases from around the Globe with the occasional classic thrown into the mix. A fantastic source for new and fresh tracks and the perfect show for you to tune in and zone out. 

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.

Paul Teague

Founder / Director

Presenter - 'The Space Station'  Monthly (First Sunday) 10pm

Producer - 'Skylab Radio Playlist'  Saturday 10pm

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 a local Hospital Radio station 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 97.1, Wyvern FM (Timesaver Travel), Classic Gold 954/1530, The Wolf, The Bear, as well as community station - Tameside Radio and returning to Sunshine. He also owned and operated several restricted radio licences in the West Midlands, known as 'Stourbridge FM', which helped lay the foundation to the present community radio service.

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

 

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

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