(Presenter/Joint Station Manager) I’m a bus driver, wedding photographer, DJ and a radio presenter. My love of music led me to doing community radio, which is why we are here now. I’m from Workington but now living in Horwich near Bolton. I have 2 children (1 of each) and 9 grandchildren, I’ve appeared on TV's The Weakest Link and The Chase.
Sunday Love Songs, The Toni and Al Show, Brunch with Alan
(Presenter) Lesley is a writer (sometimes under the name, Meredith Schumann) and through her publishing company Words are Life/Scott Martin Productions, published her novel, ‘Life's a Mess... and Then You Die’ (about long-lost family, hoarding and alternative lifestyles). She has also published ‘Feet on the Table’ (her massive book of short stories and flash fiction), and ‘Conflict Management’ (her pocket-sized book of four novelettes).
Lesley's second full length novel, 'The Waggon' is due to be published mid-2021.
In addition to editing and publishing around forty books for Words are Life/Scott Martin Productions, Lesley is an active member of writing and reading groups and also compiles the blog at www.wordsarelife.co.uk. Posts cover reviews, thoughts, writing advice, famous writers, fiction and terrible poetry, as well as guest blogs on any subject under the sun.
Lesley’s latest project is co-producing a writing-related podcast called ‘The Unpublishables: Where The Slushpile Hits Back’. It was originally supposed to be launched on 2nd January 2021, but COVID has delayed it. Anyway, fingers crossed for the future of that.
Lesley was a music lover from a very early age and took private lessons up to grade 8, but she fell out of love with classical music while taking her A level. Thankfully, her previous enjoyment of classical music was replaced by love of symphonic, progressive rock, acoustic music, and good music in all its forms.
Stranded in the Seventies, Words and Music, Enjoy the Musicals
(Presenter) I’m a 44 year old Horwich and Bolton DJ 23 years in the business with a rock/indie background. I’ve been playing Bolton’s favourite tunes for years and have worked for some of the best pubs and clubs in the area. I’ve been making radio shows (on tape) since I was a kid and now I get to do this for real! I was the DJ for the roller skate disco at age 14 and things just took off from there really. I was the lead singer in a terrible band and I quickly realised I wanted to play music not make it. Ever since then I have been DJing in and around the Bolton & Wigan area.
(Presenter) Hi Everybody this is the first time that I have done anything like this, although talking has never been a problem for me! I was born in Liverpool but moved to Birmingham when I was 8 which is were I grew up. I currently live in Loughborough, East Midlands. I have a wide taste in music and hope this is conveyed through my radio shows. My other passion in life is Motorsport and I have been fortunate to have worked all over the world in this profession. I still work as a coach & mentor to young drivers and do all media related work for Jade Karts the number 1 kart racing team in the UK.
The Americana Social Club, Good Morning Luffbra, Enjoy the Musicals, Enjoy Plays..., Jade Radio
(Joint Host Show) Les Latham and Lesley Atherton get together to ensure you Enjoy the Musicals! Two hours of tunes from the shows, or from musical films, and you'll pay no entrance fee, you won't need to buy a programme, and you'll even always be guaranteed the best seats in the house! Every Sunday morning from 10 till 12.
(Presenter) It all began when I stood on my toy drum, playing my toy ‘tickar’ (couldn’t say guitar at that age). Music is in my blood. I was brought up with my mum and dad’s record collection, listening to artists like Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Little Richard and Marty Robbins. Music was always on around the house and if it wasn’t then my dad would be whistling or singing a song. I have a very broad taste in music. Influences include Ska and 2 Tone, Rockabilly, Rap, Heavy Rock, Punk, Funk, Soul, Prince, Indie, Dance and Garage! In the early 90’s I took an interest in being a DJ at the local Royal Air Force NAAFI Bop and since then have continued to DJ at various RAF entertainment functions, even Silent Discos!
My love of music continued when I joined a couple of bands playing heavy rock music. One day back in 1998 I heard the sounds from the Stray Cats coming out of a work tent and soon I was in my first rock n roll band with fellow comrade Pat Winn. In 2011 I joined Pats band ‘Run Devil Run (UK)’ playing rock n roll, Rockabilly and country. We had the pleasure of playing in iconic venues mostly around London including the legendary 12 Bar Club, The 100 Club, The Dublin Castle, The Spice Of Life and The Fiddlers Elbow. My greatest achievement with the band was going to Nashville in 2015 to play a number of gigs and record with legendary singer songwriter Buzz Cason (Everlasting Love). He’s worked with all the greats; James Brown, Carl Perkins, Kenny Rogers, the list goes on. While out in Nash, we even met Buzz’s good friend Billy Swan. An amazing experience I will never forget. The band have also supported the incredible 70s/80s band ‘Darts’ at the 100 Club 3 times. What an honour! I remember ‘Taping’ ‘Duke of Earl’ from the Top 40 when I was a kid. Hope they didn’t mind! ;) Our band also played gigs with Kasabian, Turin Brakes and Mark Lammar being in the audiences. Unfortunately The band split early this year but Pat and I are now writing songs so let’s see what happens. I also play in another Rock and Roll band ‘Sammy Jo and The Red Flames’ with unbelievable talent and have played many gigs in the South including the Brentwood Festival.
I have a few friends who have their own radio shows who keep introducing me to fantastic artists and music. I am really grateful to Alan (Straughton) for giving me this opportunity to be a radio presenter playing classic songs from established rock and roll / rockabilly / country artists and introducing new artists who are currently on the scene.