Timmy began his entertainment career in Radio as a DJ on University Radio Warwick as a student. That lead to a summer job at BBC Radio Oxford. Stints on Radio Luxembourg, and Piccadilly Radio brought him to national recognition. Two Sony Awards followed, and the lure of TV.
But Radio is still a favourite for Timmy and he regularly podcasts. Have a listen!
When the Network chart began on commercial radio in 1985 Timmy was the first relief DJ. Timmy did the show live from the Piccadilly Radio studios in Manchester.
“Number one was that awful thing by Phil Bailey when I wanted Frankie!"
Little did he know that a few years later he’d be topping the charts himself with Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
Timmy enjoyed a winter of deep snow in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg broadcasting from the old Villa Louvigny.
Timmy was once asked:
“Do they still have that revolving dish?"
“What revolving dish???"
“Isn’t that why the signal keeps dropping in and and out?!"
Timmy arrived to join a team which included Rob Jones, Tony Prince, Bob Stewart, Ian Brass, Stuart Henry, and Benny Brown!
The studios were on the upper corridor which were shared with the French, Italian and German services. On the wall behind was a big map of the world with pins showing where people could hear Luxembourg on short wave.
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In August 2008 the Radio Luxembourg DJs reunited for a celebration of 75 years of the Station of the Stars! Fab 2008!
DJs from four decades came together to reminisce and share a fabulous weekend of memories. Organised and hosted by Sean Tilley, great pop DJ names like Tony Prince, David Kid Jensen, Paul Burnett, Emperor Rosko, Mike Read, Mark Wesley, Mike Hollis, and Benny Brown shared great tales and made many more as listeners from across the UK tuned in to hear again what made 2008 great!
Afternoon’s are fun on BBC Radio Oxford. Timmy’s been back on air, hitting the hits and causing on air mayhem! He began by making short features and doing got his first big break on air when Elvis died. Timmy suggested a request show of Presley music and was given the job of hosting it.
Timmy’s biggest success at Radio Oxford was the daily afternoon kids show. TIMMY ON THE TRANNY! Timmy has always had a way with talking to kids, and that special magic led to Timmy making his own mark on air. In the show there were homemade jingles, the boron battleboard – a classic game of boron battleships, and all the big pop names – including the Buggles, Duran Duran, Shakin Stevens, and the Boomtown Rats.
This stunning haircut was done for the Radio oxford Marathon. I had my initials carved in the back of my head in case I forgot who I was!! The Glasses were my tribute to the Buggles!
The promotional budget was obviously small because the first Timmy pic was this black and white photo, which didn’t do justice to the purple hair and scarlet spex and T shirt!
Timmy was the first presenter on Centre Radio in Leicester. Typically, he did the very first breakfast show in September 1981 with multi coloured hair, dressed in a dinner jacket and outragous bowtie! It was filmed by a BBC documentary crew (who wanted to learn how it should be done!)
The station was housed at Granville House, Granville Road Leicester and for publicity stunts they called on the unmissable Timmy to roller skate round the town and turn up at schools with his purple hair to scare the teachers and get the kids tuned in!
In the days before AA Roadwatch Timmy’s breakfast show traffic reports came from the local taxi firm “It sounded like he had a camera on every street" said the opposition!
Timmy also did Sunday mornings 10-1pm. 6 day weeks was unusual in those days.
This was a departure for Timmy and an enjoyable challenge to make a daily three hour speech show relevant and funny. It was here that Timmy used the all speech show to deliver exciting comedy and cutting edge current affairs to a wide ranging audience.
Fast paced and entertaining; it had regular features from the station staff including:
BERT TROUT- THE MAN WHO KNOWS NOWT!
(Played by Ian Pearce)
There were also loads of fun games with classic jingles such as:
- How thick is your sister?
- Has your best friend ever kissed her?
- Is she any good at Twister?
- How think is your Si-i-ster?!!!
“Which button do I press?!" Timmy is let loose on the airwaves of BBC Radio Berkshire Sunday mornings 10-1pm. “What have we done?!" asked the BBC.
“We tried to lock him out of the building but he hid in the bins and we don’t know how to get him out!"
Timmy’s friend and neighbour Wendy Craig came to talk about toast and the latest series of the The Royal!
It’s a very busy year for Wendy, which is a good thing because she adores working and entertaining.
There’s the new series of the Forsyte Saga on ITV; a spin off from Hartbeat called The Royal which is set in Scarborough and shot in Bradford where Wendy gets to wear her hair in the biggest beehive you’ve ever seen!
Timmy spoke to the Radio Academy on Piccadilly Radio in the 80s: Nobody does it better!
Timmy, Andy Bird and Chris Evans are pictured below.
Bank holiday weekend we consume over 63 million cans of drink! Timmy wants us to recycle them all – into hats?!
Timmy makes a guest appearance on Heat Radio.
Timmy makes a guest appearance on XFM.