I have had a love affair with radio going back for as long as I can remember! In Caribbean communities like the one I grew up in Jamaica, radio has a more significant meaning than in other more developed areas of the world.
Whereas in the affluent areas radio is an addition to the main news service carriers very often it is the main purveyor of news, particularly in rural and/or remote areas.
Thus gathering around a radio set can and did create its own sense of community, sometimes with instant fame being bestowed on the owner of the radio set!
Whether it was the sound of cricket (where people like John Arlott and Richie Benaud were particular favourites) or the BBC World Service where the cold, clipped sound of the presenters gave the news a rather grave, sombre tone, radio is an important device.
Thus, it was inevitable I would become involved with broadcasting at some point but it was never something that I gave serious thought to until after I entered the world of journalism and the media.
I’ll tell you how I got into radio a little later!