Presenters

Broadcasting to the University Hospitals of North Tees & Hartlepool on Hospedia Channel 1

I started with Radio North Tees General (Now known as Radio Stitch) on May 6th 1985 with a two hour show called “The Weekend Starts Here”.

Which ran for 15 years. The program consisted of music from the 20’s to 50’s aimed at our older listeners.

For the last 25 years I have filled many roles within the station, from Presenter, Treasurer,  Station Manager and at present I’m the Chair of Trustees.

But without the support of all our members and the Trust, these roles would have been difficult.

The role of Trustee is to act as a steward for our charity, the  membership plays a big part in the way the Stitch moves forward.

The Stitch isn’t a one man station, our Volunteers provide programs for the Patients Staff and Visitors to the University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool.  Our membership comes from all walks of life and abilities, young and old (I’m no spring chicken) have an interests in music and talking to our listeners via the radio. Presenters are responsible for broadcasting and recording their shows.

The program content is agreed on with the Team a time and day is set and off they go.

Shows are recorded for content and for replaying at a later date, they are used to fill in times when the presenter can’t attend the studio.

Full training and support is given and we welcome our members to our Stitch family.

If you’re interested in becoming a member our contact details are on the website.

Hello everyone, I’m Martin Baker, a bit of a mouthful to say so I prefer to be named Martin Bee. I was born many years ago in Stockton-on-Tees and have spent most of my life living in this wonderful town. I was brought up in Thornaby and went to a school in Middlesbrough but remained a dedicated supporter of my birth town.

I became aware of the music scene at the time of the first recordings by Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Paul Anka and of course, the King by listening to Radio Luxemberg. I loved buying records (78’s and then 45’s) and had to have one every week. This may explain why I play a lot of records from the late 1950’s although I do like most music up until the 1980’s.

I became a volunteer radio presenter at Radio North Tees (Hospital Radio) in January 2007 and have produced two programmes each week since then. One on a Sunday morning and one on a Monday evening. I only play the music that I personally like and hope the listener shares my, sometimes bizarre, taste.

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Hiya everyone, I’m Matt, and it’s my pleasure to be the station manager at Radio Stitch and host of “That Nouvelle Musique Show”, a show dedicated to new, local and some pretty much unknown artists.

Quite simply, I just love blues music.  I was introduced to this in the mid 80’s when in my early teens when a friend had asked if I’d ever heard of Muddy Waters, at the time I hadn’t so thought I would give it a try and went to buy the classic album “Hard Again”, from that point on I was hooked and played that album over and over again and it still remains my favourite album more than 30 years later.
It was also in my teens that I started to learn Harmonica, or Blues Harp as we players call it.  So. skip forward a considerable amount of years (taking into account that I started my own band at 14 years old and have never stopped since) that gave me my opportunity as a Blues Radio Presenter.  I was invited to play a live session on a local Folk & Blues radio show and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, it was the following day when I received an email from the presenter saying that I was a natural behind the microphone and would I be interested in becoming his understudy.  I leapt at the chance and eventually ended up with my own show.  This led to being invited to present shows on several other radio stations which I still do today, some are pre-recorded in my own home studio and one I do “live” with studio guests every week.  I absolutely love it and it has given me the opportunity to meet & interview and become friends with a lot of the key players within the UK Blues Community, so much so that I have played Blues Harp on a number of albums as a session player.  As well as Radio I manage and play in my own band “DC Blues”, I also run Ryedale Blues Club in Malton and am a Co-Director for York Blues Festival.  I have also lectured at University to budding broadcasters and have also been the compere at several UK Blues Festivals.
I know that I am extremely privileged to be able to present & broadcast the music I love and never take this for granted. Long may it continue.

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Hi, I’m Emily Cowling and I love music. Music has filled my world for as long as I can remember, probably got something to do with my Dads massive music collection. I think I inherited his passion for all kinds of music and love nothing more than scouring through record shops looking for old vinyl gems. I also love going to gigs, arena’s, theatres or pubs, if the music is good I’ll be there. I’m currently studying Comics and Graphic Novels at Teesside Uni and loving every minute. An opportunity that TU offered me was to host my own show on TU Xtra, the Uni’s own Radio Station and as a consequence an opportunity arose at Stitch Radio that I was more than happy to take. I am now able to present on two radio platforms, playing the music I love and I hope the listener loves too.