Author Archives: Mike Jones

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones has been involved with Radio since 1977. A professional voice over artist and film maker . Loves Phoenix and now hosts Fridays One 2 Three. An award winning director and actor Mike relishes local politics and is also a crap football analyst. You can hear live Daggers reports from Mike on Chris Hoods shows as well on Saturday afternoons

Whistling Down The Wind-Nick Heyward

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The boy is back in town

Mike spoke to Nick about his upcoming new Album Woodland Echoes

You can hear the interview again here

A grant scheme has been launched in Brentwood to help improve mental health and wellbeing within the local community.

Brentwood’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme, opened on Friday 30 June and will run until Sunday 1 October 2017. It was set up to give communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living within the Borough.

There is £10,000 available as part of the fund and community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,200 for local causes and projects that will support and improve mental health and wellbeing for local people.

The initiatives must benefit Brentwood’s communities and they must be delivered in the Borough between 1 November 2017 – 1 November 2018.

The bids will be assessed and reported to the Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board in the Autumn, when a decision on the allocation of funding will be made.

Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Olivia Sanders said: “This is an opportunity to get funding to help with your project to support the mental health and wellbeing of others.

Criteria includes supporting those that tackle health inequalities in the community by engaging hard to reach, vulnerable, socially isolated or at-risk groups. Your project may also involve helping people to recover from a long-term illness or be raising awareness of and increasing access to mental health services in our community.”

For more information and to apply, please visit For advice, support or guidance in relation to applying please email or telephone 01277 312500.

You can hear Olivia chatting to Mike here


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Helping with the First Step

First Step is an organisation which helps children and families of children whose aim is To provide the best possible environment to support each family and to enable
their very young children with special needs and/or disabilities to maximise
their individual potential

CEO Mark Halls came into the studio to talk to Mike about the organisation and the difficulties with charity organising today

You can hear the interview again here


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Kevin Brewis comes home to the Queen’s

West End performer Kevin Brewis is set to return to his local theatre to pay tribute to a selection of Broadway’s finest musicals in Broadway & Beyond.


Kevin Brewis grew up in Hornchurch and his love of theatre started when he visited his first pantomime at the Queen’s Theatre. From a young age Kevin was actively involved in drama groups at Fairkytes Art Centre and performed in productions at the Queen’s Theatre. After training professionally in musical theatre, Kevin has toured all over the world and appeared in West End shows including Grease at the Victoria Palace and One & Only at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Mike Jones spoke to Kevin about coming back to the Queen’s and what to expect from the new production. You can hear the interview again below:

Kevin will be back at the Queen’s Theatre on 8 February to perform an entertaining mix of music and wit from the most popular musicals in Broadway & Beyond. The show comprises of songs from New York’s legendary theatre district, including hits from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate and Miss Saigon and Spamalot.

He says, “Nearly 20 years after leaving college, having worked all over the West End, the UK and abroad, I find myself back where it all began at the Queen’s Theatre.”

Audiences will be captivated with a stunning array of costumes, exhilarating dance routines and the versatility of five musicians that play over a dozen instruments between them. This is a must see for any musical fan!

Broadway and Beyond comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £16.50 – £23. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at

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Mr Poppers Penguins Popped In

Mike was delighted to welcome Richy Hughes and Luke Bateman who are lyricist and composer of the Broadway show Mr Poppers Penguins. It returns at the end of the month for a short tour which takes in, amongst others, The Palace Theatre in Southend, before taking up Christmas residence in The West End’s Criterion Theatre. The show features brilliant puppetry, a snow storm and toe-tapping songs. So far our penguins have appeared on Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast and The Elaine Paige Show on Radio 2 to name but a few. More info on the show can be found at .

You can hear the interview again here


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Jordan Gray and Colin Wade launch new singles on 123

Voice star and regular guest to 123 Jordan Gray came into the studio to talk about the release of her new single Platinum which releases in November

You can hear the interview again here

Colin Wade and friends have put together a fabulous sinle to promote and gain awareness of Brentwood Mind which has sufferd badly under budget cuts recently

You can hear the single and Mike’s chat with Colin again here


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The Ghost Train and Wing Walking

We cover all sorts of subjects here on 123 and today was no different. Martyn Williams the director of the latest production from Thurrock Courts Players came into the studio to chat to Mike about The Ghost Train which is on at the Thameside Theatre in September

You can here the interview again here


Stuart Smith is raising money for St Lukes Hospice. How? By walking on the wings of an aircraft . Why? He explains all to Mike

You can here the interview again here


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Promoting Young Talent

We are proud of the fact that we are constantly trying to further the career of young raw local talent and today was no exception. 15 year old Anna Marie Childs hails from Grays and has been singing since she was 11. She visited the studio today with Mike and played 3 songs of her own material

You can hear the interview again here

There is also a youtube link

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The Odd Couple

Mike was delighted to welcome three lovely ladies into the studio from Ad Hoc the local theatre group. One didnt say much as she was only 2 and half years old. Ad Hoc were in to talk about their latest piece which is Neil Simons the Odd Couple which runs from Thurs 26 May at the Brentwood theatre

You can hear the interview again here

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Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde comes to Brentwood

The award winning but rarely produced musical Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde comes to the Brentwood Theatre courtesy of Shenfield Operatic Society. Suzanne Gunn and the good doctor David Predegia himself popped in to tell Mike Jones all about it

You can hear the interview again here


It was also the morning after the night before and Mike has spenthalf the night at the elections

You can here his report here

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Thames Crossing Kiss me Kate and Tzu Kingdom

Wow . Uber busy programme today
First up on the phone with Mike was Adam Small whos just about to open at the Queens Theatre in Kiss me Kate

You can hear the interview again here

Option C is on the cards and Mike spoke to John Kent leader of Thurrock Borough Council about the plans

You can hear the interview again here

Karen Chilvers and Gill Eastgate have written their first book all about Shitzu’S

You can hear the interview again here



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Neil Speight. The Straight Talking Newspaper man

Editor in chief of the Enquirer group of newspapers Neil Speight visited the programme today and enjoyed a long chat with Mike.

Neil has been involved in the newspaper business for a very long time and discussed his background and the future of the local and national press

You can here the interview again here


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A packed studio discussing the Shenfield by-election

The Shenfield by-election takes place on October 29th and Mike invited all the parties taking part in for a debate.

In the studio with Mike was Cameron Ball (Labour), John Hamilton (Green), Alison Fulcher (Lib Dem), Jan Pound (Con) and Peter Sceats (UKIP).


You can hear the whole interview again here:

In the second hour Mike was joined by David Platten talking about Positive Health

You can that interview here:

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Emoov – The Brentwood-Based Online Estate Agent That’s Moving Forward


eMoov have been expanding since Russell Quirk started his on line estate business not very long ago. So much so that today they were hoping to raise over £1m in investments. Office manager Paula and Financial chief Nicole came into talk to Mike about the business.

You can hear the interview again here

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Jon Ouin from Stornoway and Shenfields Nuns in the studio

In a packed programme today Mike welcomed Jon Ouin who is the keyboard player with Stornaway to talk about the new album and tour

You can hear that interview here

The lovely ladies from Shenfield Operatic Society came in to the studio to talk about their massive upcoming production of Sister Act

You can hear the conversation again here

Mike Suzzane and Kerry

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Tall Dark Friend Plays live in the studio

One of the most unique and interesting artists Jordan Gray joins Mike in the studio for a chat and to play some new some old and actually quite brilliant music. This artist’s big break is not very far away

You can hear the whole interview here

you can also watch a video of one of the songs right here

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The Boy who grew up into a Woman . Jordan Gray on One to Three

10801468_10153415175694832_7344990918365363863_nI first became aware of Jordan Gray AKA Tall Dark Friend back in 2008 and ever since that first meeting I have fully appreciated the sheer talent and scope of Jordans work. Seven albums two books with a further five in production, a new album out soon oh and a sex change as well. Jordan talks very honestly and frankly about his reasons and beliefs for his decision to become a transgender and I found it to be one of the most well constructed and from the heart interviews I have ever conducted

You can hear the interview again here along with some fresh new songs

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Movember and Mike Le Surf

Mike was delighted to welcome]amie West from Funeral Directors West and Coe who are launching their campaign for Movember which includes one member of staff shaving off his moustache after 47 years . You can hear that interview here

Mike Le Surf the Labour PPC for Basildon came into the studio to talk local and national politics

You can here IMG_0232 that interview again here

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Straight from The Leaders Mouth

The leader of Brentwood Council and Fire authority member Barry Aspinell came into the Phoenix Studio to talk to Mike about how the new Accord was getting on. The past present and the future for Brentwood and surrounding areas were discussed plus the current situation in Essex Fire Service. In fact the chat went on for nearly an hour without a break

To hear the interview again you can can click here

Sarah Scowen was on the phone to talk about the forthcoming show Gunmetal Blues at the Queens Theatre

You can hear Mike’s chat with Sarah here

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The Future Of The Thameside Theatre John Kent Interview

Following yesterdays press release regarding the future of the Thameside Theatre Mike spoke to Cllr John Kent The leader of Thurrock Council to explain the Councils proposals and ideas regarding this centre for Arts Library and Museum

You can hear the interview again here

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Joining Joni’s Army

Today was probably one of the hardest interviews I have ever had to do but at the same time it was a pure joy. Joni-Mai is a 8 year old girl fighting Ewings Sarcoma which is a rare form of cancer. She needs public awareness and public funding to give her a chance of beating this terrible illness

Grandma and friend Bonny came into the studio to talk to me today about Joni’s plight and I was gobsmacked by their bravery and their hope

You can visit Joni’s website to find out more about this little girl

You can hear the whole interview right herephoto (15)

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Genesis maestro Steve Hackett talks to Phoenix

Guitar legend and Genesis Axeman Steve Hackett spoke to Mike about the Past Present and Futurehackettindex

If you really want to hear what he thinks about a possible reunion then you can listen again here

And of course it was book review time and the lovely Margaret Mills came into the studio to talk to Mike about this summers blockbusters. You can hear that again too heremargeret Mills

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Choice and Change and The Band from County Hell

Former Phoenix Presenter Ches Moulton was back in the studio talking about his new book Choice and Change. If you missed the interview with Mike you can hear it here

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Mike also popped along to the 100 Club in Oxford street to chat to The Band from County Hell who will be appearing at a future Phoenix Friday

You can hear the interview with the band here

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Jesus Christ! Sam Kordbacheh talks Godspell

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Godspell opens at Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre today and last week I spoke to Sam Kordbacheh, who played the title role in The Great Gatsby, which has just ended its run at the Queen’s Theatre, and will be playing Jesus in the new play until the run comes to an end on 7 June.

Sam Kordbacheh

Sam is an experienced actor having performed in several recent productions at the Queen’s and a number of UK tours as well. He talks about how Godspell has been brought up to date and more accessible without changing the original essence of the original story.


You can find out more about Sam here. To book tickets for Godspell visit the Theatre’s official website.

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The Band From County Hell

Always keen to promote different genres of music it was a real pleasure to play tracks from the new The Band from County Hell CD and it was great to talk to bass player Filthy Phil Harris as well.

The band are Celtic Rock in style and will be playing The 100 club later this month

You can hear the music and the interview again here



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The Bishop affair, street lighting and much much more

Brentwood first councillor Russell Quirk joined Mike in the studio to discuss all things Brentwood including the national news story regarding Disgraced Tory Councillor David Bishop. Plus potholes ,new developments ,street lighting, UKIP and lots more.

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You can here the interview in full here:

Jenny Lee from the Wesley Players came into talk about their latest production, Child’s Play.

You can hear that interview here:

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The Eco-friendly Greenhouse at Shenfield High School

Shenfield High School are attempting to build a eco-friendly greenhouse using plastic bottles, and prevocational studies teacher Andy Christiani came in to talk about it.

If you have any 2 litre green plastic bottles to spare, please drop them off at the school and help with this very interesting and worthwhile project.

If you missed the interview, here it is again:

Here’s how the greenhouse looks so far:

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It’s all about Theatre

Local playwright and actor Luke Coldham is attempting to encourage a whole new audience for his improvisation show at the Thameside on the 23rd May.

Mike spoke to Luke about the birth and and the production of this new show. You can hear the interview again here:

Cut to the Chase are the resident acting group at the Queeens Theatre and making his directorial debut is Simon Jessop

Mike spoke to Simon about the new Queens mega production of The Great Gatsby which starts soon

You can Hear that interview here

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Stella The Raw Food Goddess visits Phoenix



If you bring food into the studio Mike is going to eat it and thats exactly what happened here. Here the interview again with the Lovely and very clever Stella Phillips in between Mike asking questions with his mouth full

Stella has started a new business called Edesias Banquet and is a genius at producing cakes and chocolates and all sorts of stuff with “Raw Foods”

To find out more about Sterlla and here work follow this link

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The Need for Vinyl and Mike and Claire talk Sex

Two and Two Make Sex opened this week at the Queens and Mike went along to see this brilliant farce which includes in its cast the lovely Claire Storey. An actress with an impressive list of credits Claire also sings and has a stand up comedy routine.


She spoke to Mike and you can here the interview hereclaire

Also joining Mike was Richard Onslow who came into talk about his new record shop opening this weekend in Southend


You can here that interview here


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James Torme and all that Jazz

James Torme and his brilliant band delighted audiences at a unlikely Leigh on Sea venue last week into a laid back Jazz speakeasy. Mike Jones watched the gig and afterwards got a chance to chat to James.The band included the legendary John Altman who will be a future guest on Mike’s showJames Torme


You can hear the interview again here 

James Tormé (who is the son of 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend Mel Tormé), is taking the legacy he was born into even further – and causing a serious buzz in the process. Often appearing with outfits like the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Orchestra and Les Paul Trio, the charismatic young star’s debut album has topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts*.


Tormé is “the best male jazz singer to come along in 20 years” according to long time Verve Records president, Chuck Mitchell, the man who first discovered him. Having grown up spending time with a myriad of jazz legends (Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, George Shearing, Buddy Rich & more), one begins to understand why. Tormé himself attributes as much of his ability as a performer to the “process of osmosis” as he does to his own show-business background. Explains Tormé, “There’s no question, I absorbed a lot from my dad, and his peers.” This is clear as soon as one hears his singing style, which draws from the “old school”, but with modern styling that makes it very current in today’s market.


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Prog Rock God Ian Anderson talks to Phoenix FM

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Mike was delighted to talk to Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson this morning. The interview was supposed to last 10 minutes but Mike ran Ian’s phone bill up for 28 minutes.

A thoroughly entertaining listen, Ian spills all about the past, present and future. His new album is released on 14th April before a world wide tour.

You can hear the complete interview here:

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Review: Our Man In Havana, Queen’s Theatre

Mike Jones was at the press review night of Our Man In Havana, a comedy thriller produced by and performed at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.

Our Man In Havana

You can hear Mike’s review and interviews again here:

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For more information on the play and how to book, visit the Queen’s Theatre website.

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Mrs Brentwood and the 2014 Festivals

The lovely Laurie Edmonds popped in to see Mike today and brought exciting news about this years Brentwood Arts Festival and Brentwood Festival itself


The Arts festival begins on 5th July and will run for a week while the Brentwood Festival starts on 18th-20th July


To hear the interview you can listen here


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Russell Apologises and Brentwood Arts are in town

Following the furore in the media Brentwood First Councillor Russell Quirk came into the studio to explain the context and reasons behind his recent leaked email which stated that “The prospect of sharing such time and space with Conservative members of the panel is akin to a daytrip with Fred West and Ian Brady”.

In a open and frank interview Russell apologised unreservedly for the comments and talked about the current unrest in the chamber as well as what’s in his postbag and the good work that’s also being done but not attracting media  attention.

Mike and Julie Gowers

Mike and Julie Gowers


You can hear that interview here



Russell Quirk Apology


In the second hour of the programme Mike was joined by Brentwood Arts Societies publicity officer Julie Gowers


You can here what Julie has to say here


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The Scrutiny debate without the Scrutineer

In what promised to be a heated debate following the previous week’s Council Full Meeting Ousted Chair Karen Chilvers (Lib Dem) Phil Baker (BWF) were invited to join Mike for One to Three.

New Chair of Scrutiny Noelle Hones had been invited and accepted to join the debate but two hours before the broadcast we received this statement

Andrew Hadfield, Communications Manager at Brentwood Borough Council

“This issue has been debated enough over the last 2-3 weeks and has been decided at Ordinary Council. The Council is now focusing on keeping council tax low, cleaning the streets (particularly after Monday’s storms) and increasing recycling.”

Disappointing but that is their prerogative. You can hear the whole of the debate again here


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Rob West and The Backstage Centre

Mike’s Guest today was Rob West from the wonderful Backstage Centre at Purfllet. Its Londons newest Music and Theatre production and rehearsal facility


To find out more about the Backstage Centre  go to there website here


and to hear the interview with Rob again click here   Rob West


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Fire Service Dispute – The FBU visit Phoenix FM

With a four hour strike by Brentwood firefighters taking place between 12 and 4pm Mike invited FBU rep Nick Mayes into the studio to talk about the reasons why they were taking this action.

This was a national FBU strike in protests against Changes to the Firefighters pension scheme.

You can hear the interview in full again hereNick Mayes FBU fbu

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Pygmalion ,Classic Cars ,Enchanted Festival and Steve Howe

Very very busy programme today


I was joined by Tasha Blaauw and Jenny Lee from The Wesley Players who came into talk about the forthcoming Pygmalion and this weeks Brentwood Drama Festival


You can hear that interview here

Tasha and Jenny


I was also joined by Chris Smith who has a passion for classic cars and is a organiser for the upcoming Enchanted Festival

You can hear that interview here

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And finally I got to interview the legendary Steve Howe

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Dylan Howe on One to Three

Mike ‘s guest today was drummer Dylan Howe. Dylan spent many years on the road with Ian Dury and the Blockheads and is currently touring with Wilko Johnson.


He is the son of Yes guitar  genius Steve Howe and will be joining his father on stage at The Thameside Theatre in Grays on September 11th


The Steve Howe Trio are embarking on their first UK tour for a while and Dylan is really looking forward to it.


You can hear the interview with Mike hereDylan Howe


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Rock and Gibraltar

Taking a wide sweep across the musical spectrum and across Europe today we looked at the growing issues concerning Gibraltar


Forever in the news these days Mike spoke to a Former MP who is an authority on the colony and has been awarded the Freedom Of Gibraltar


Former Thurrock MP Andrew Mackinlay joined Mike live from Belfast to give us his opinion on the current situation


You can hAndrew M Andrew-MacKinlay-MP.-001ear the interview here

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Any Colour You Like

Late one Wednesday night listening to Curveballs I heard this fabulous Pink Floyd  tribute band . I even had to pull the car over so I could listen to the whole performance

So I decided to ask the boys back in. They are playing a massive gig in Grays on September 7th.


I am delighted to announce that the boys have asked me to introduce them on stage



Tickets are £15 and can be ordered on



Everything they make goes straight to charity


You can hear my interview with them here


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Fire Safety in The Home and the Workplace

Fire Safety in the home is always important


Fire Officer Graham Richardson came into the studio to talk to Mike about General Fire Safety , Education Courses and to give information regarding Home Fire Safety Visits


You can hear the interview again here


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Political Fizz – with Cllrs Le-Surf, Baker and Chilvers

Local politics are always a factor in the programme and today’s guests were councillors Mike Le-Surf (Lab), Phil Baker (Brentwood First) and Karen Chilvers (Lib Dem).

A healthy debate included topics such as new housing for Brentwood, Council communication and the proposed Dartford Crossing.

The Conservative party was invited to participate in the programme but was unable to attend.

You can hear the debate again here.

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Calendar Girls

Next week at the Brentwood Theatre sees Ad Hoc Players presenting Calendar Girls. The show’s director, Wendi Sheard, popped into the studio to talk about the production.

You can hear the interview again here:

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Jack Monroe and The High Commissioner for Jamaica

On todays show I was fortunate to have two guests.


Jack Monroe has become a media sensation since she was forced to give up her full time job when she became pregnant. Since then she has found her self and her little boy close to real hunger and selling everything she owned. Two years later she has a publishing deal ,a massive following on her blog and the attention of the media


You can hear the interview with Mike here




Its 65 years this month since the Windrush sailed into Tilbury.


To celebrate The High Comissioner For Jamaica went to the Cruise Terminal to open a new exhibition depicting the story of Jamaican and West Indian immigration into the UK


Mike went along too and you can hear the interview Here



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News on the Web and Brentwood Tweetup

After establishing the award winning news web site Founder Michael Casey popped in to the studio to talk about that websites development and the launch in a few weeks time of his new venture Your


You can hear the in depth interview here





A little late but last week the lovely Laurie Edmonds popped in to talk about tweeting in Brentwood and her fabulous and popular tweetsite Brentwoodtweetup


You can here that interview with Mike here

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Sylvia Kent and Ian Yearsley talk about books ,writing and witches

Michelle was unwell so Mike Jones was in the chair and chatted to Sylvia Kent and Ian Yearsley

who is a  a writer and historian who was born in Ingatestone, Essex (UK) and now lives and works in nearby Southend-on-Sea.

He is the author of eight books about Essex history and has written the first ever historical tours of Essex and Suffolk places for iPhone.

October 2012 saw the publication of his first novel, an Essex-based supernatural witchcraft thriller entitled
‘The Curse of Cannow’s End’.

He is also the author of an epic historical poem about the Battle of Assandun (1016) and have produced two poetry collections which feature Essex places.

He is currently working on a project to uncover the history of a demolished Jacobean mansion at Marks Hall in Essex.

For more information about any of the above please click on the links at the top of the page or send him  an e-mail at

You can hear the entire interview here again



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Keeping the flame alive , The Liberals, The Wesleys and Wayne

In a very busy programme Mike spoke to Phil Scrotton who has written a brand new song called Keeping The Flame alive.


Some from the many thousands of people who took part in the four London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies have decided to capitalise on their volunteering and performing experience and continue the legacy by writing and recording a charity single for SportsAid.   The hope is that this inspirational song will remind the public of the Olympic feel-good factor and that sales will raise substantial funds to help finance the athletes of the future.  Rehearsals are under-way, and the group are now seeking backing and sponsorship to record the single.


You can hear the interview with Phil and the song by listening here




Mike also spoke to Lib Dem Councillor Karen Chilvers about David Kendall standing down as Leader of Brentwood and Ongar Lib Dem Party


You can here that interview here



Courtney Moita de Deus came into the programme to talk about Table Manners . The latest offering from The Wesley Players


You can here that interview here











and as usual Mike got a chance to speak to Wayne Burnett the new Daggers boss about plans for the future


You can hear that interview here



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Energetic and Heated Election Debate

With tomorrow’s election looming, a busy Phoenix studio saw Mike Le-Surf (Labour), David Kendall (Lib Dem), Keith Parker (Con), Mick McGough (UKIP) and Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats) engage in a loud but healthy debate hosted by Mike Jones.

One hour of intense debate covering local and national issues but in particular potholes, William Hunter Way, Crown Street and Hutton Community Centre.

Listen to the debate again here:

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The artist now known as Josh James

Perhaps best known as the UK entry for Eurovision 2010, Josh James has relaunched his career.

Acting and singing from the age of 9 Josh has had a highly successful carreer singing all across the UK but singing other artists songs


So this time he’s dropped the Du Bovie from his name and is currently releasing a new EP of his own material. You can hear the interview and the new single by listening below


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Almost There

Its been a long season and a dramatic change for local League 2 side Dagenham and Redbridge as long standing manager John Still left the club . Interim boss Wayne Burnett has held the reigns since John’s departure and the club just need one more point to remain safe this season


As usual Wayne joined Mike on the programme to discuss the next two games



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Cold Calling and Gerry Rafferty

We all suffer from Cold calling . Usually at mealtimes the phone will ring and there will be a distant voice trying to sell you some unwanted or unneccesary item or persuading you to divulge private information


My guest today is trying to put a stop to that . He is Gerry Calder who chairs the Thurrock Over Fifties forum and has organised  a petition to get these calls banned


You can find out more at


Gerry was also a good friend of the late Gerry Rafferty and is in the middle of wriring a book about him


You can here the interview again here


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Wayne’s World

In a busy one to three this week I spoke at length to Neil Speight who is the editor of the Enquirer group about new investement at St Luke’s Hospice and the aftermath of the death of Baroness Thatcher


As usual Daggers Boss Wayne Burnett joined me to reflect on the week gone by


You can hear the interview here


Apologies for the phone line quality this week


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After the Storm. Daggers boss reflects on Saturday’s loss


It’s a difficult time for the Daggers and Wayne Burnett has got a tough task on his hands. Just four more games to the season and Daggers desperately need points. As usual on Wednesday Wayne spoke to Mike about the 4-2 defeat to Bristol Rovers on Easter Saturday and the weeks ahead at this crucial period for the club


You can hear the interview again here


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Ingrave Playwright visits One 2 Three

A break from politics this week as Mike welcomed playwright Luke Coldham into the studio


Luke has written and directed a play entitled Safe which opens in London in 2 weeks before moving onto the Edinburgh festival


You can hear the interview again here



No Wayne Burnett this week as he was busy in the loan market

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Louise McKinlay visits One 2 Three

It was budget day of course but we were more interested in local budgets and what exactly was happening at Brentwoodcouncil. Mike was delighted to interview leader of the council Louise McKinlay. Many topics were discussed and you can hear the entire 40 minute interview below

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20MPH and Towie Towers!. Another Busy One 2 Three

On a busy One 2 Three today Mike welcomed Cllr’s Mike Le Surf and Julie Morrissey both representing Brentwood South Ward. Amongst topics discussed were plans for 20mph zones in the town ,TowieTowers  and late nuisance factors for residents


You can here the interview again below[audio:]


Mike also interviewed Wayne Burnett the new Interim Manager of Dagenham and Redbridge[audio:]


Next weeks special guest is Louise Mackinlay and if you would like a question aired please email radio@phoenixfm

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Jools at the Skills Academy and Help for the Talking newspaper

A brief respite from local politics on the show this week. Mike welcomed David Minns from Brentwood and District Talking newspaper and the discussion was aimed at making listeners more aware of the service


Mike was almost late for the programme as he had just interviewed Jools Holland at The new Skills Academy at Purfleet

You can see the film here .


The interview with Jools was also played during the programme


On the sports front regular contributor John Still has left Dagenham and Redbridge to join Luton Town FC so we hope to speak to new boss Wayne Burnett along with Brentwood Boss Steve Weatherspoon in the very near future


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Southend Air Show, Local news and Farewell John

In a packed One 2 Three today Mike Jones spoke to BBC London sports presenter and air show commentator Stuart Smith about the proposed cancellation of Southend’s Airshow.

Neil Speight who is the editor of The Enquirer newspapers talked about this weeks papers and


John Still joined Mike with the news this week that after 9 years he had left Dagenham and Redbridge FC and was joining Luton Town. You can hear the interview again here


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Getting to Grips with Local Issues

This Wednesday’s One 2 Three saw Mike Jones interviewing Cllrs Karen Chilvers (Lib Dem) and William Lloyd (Brentwood First)

They discussed car parking, the possibility of a new cinema, potholes and a variety of local issues.

Cllrs Louise McKinlay and Roger Hirst (Con) were invited but did not respond.

Mike was also joined later by Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still.

You can hear both interviews below:

[audio:|titles=One to Three Feb 20] [audio:|titles=John Still Feb 20]
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Mark Reed, David Kendall, Phil Baker and Nev Wilson discuss the new budget

Tuesday night saw the annual Budget meeting of Brentwood Borough Council and today for Wednesday’s One 2 Three Mike Jones was joined by Cllrs Mark P Reed (Con), David Kendall (LD) and Phil Baker (Brentwood First) as well as Editor of the Gazette Nev Wilson. A one hour debate took place and you can hear the full debate below.

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Wednesday 123

So my first show on Phoenix that I can actually call mine got off to a brisk start yesterday with great debate from Mike Le Surf and Russell Quirk. We discussed a whole range of subjects including the current state of Brentwood Conservatives , the Tesco Warley Debate ,car parking and the sale of Old House.


I was also delighted to interview Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still on the phone you can hear parts of both below

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Friday Drive Time

Friday Drive with Mike Jones


Guests included Michael Casey who will assist Mike as a Political analyst in the brand new show One 2 Three which starts on Wednesday 6th Feb. This show will have feature political stories from Brentwood and Billericay and will also include sport


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Tall Dark Friend at Phoenix

Mike Jones stood in for the unwell Bryan Powis on Monday and was delighted to welcome Jordan Gray, AKA Tall Dark Friend a local musician who has appeared on Phoenix several times before. 18 months ago he wowed audiences at a Phoenix fundraiser but on his occasion came in to the studio to talk about his new album. Not only did we hear excerpts from the new album but Jordan also played several tracks live in the studio.

Here’s a video of a track called “The Lion” from Jordan’s new album:

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The Blackhearts on Breakfast with Mike Jones

[audio:|titles=The Blackhearts]Billericay Based Band the Blackhearts (well two of them ) joined Mike Jones for Breakfast this morning and treated listeners to two live acoustic songs. You can hear the whole interview and music here


Barry Norman was also a guest on the programme

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The Music Engine makes a rare appearance

The Music Engine is a two hour programme hosted by Mike Jones that plays music that is brand new ,very old unusual ,unsigned never played before sort of show. Join Mike tonight (Sunday) between 8pm and 10pm.

The music Engine has appeared on radio stations worldwide and in tonights programme Mike remembers one of the first community stations in the country Radio Basildon which operated in the 1970’s and 1980’s

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Eat My Lunch Tuesday

Michelle is off today so Mike Jones is in the chair. In a special programme today Mike is joined by Jordan Gray AKA Tall Dark Friend for a live session. Jordan recently appeared at a Phoenix fundraiser and impressed on all who were there.

So join Mike today Between 11 and 2pm and if it stays warm then studio doors may be flung open and the music may escape

Oh and Mike may brag on and on about his hole in one on Friday

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Today’s Lunch

Michelle has a well earned rest today so Mike Jones will be hosting the programme. And in a packed programme today he will be joined by Nick Mayes from Brentwood Fire Station to talk about the cuts to the service and Saturdays march.

Also Gordon Wiseman will be talking about Brentwood based PCH UK Racing Team. And hopefully Dagenham and Redbridge defender Damian Mcrory will find time to pop in to talk about tonights crucial match with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Plus Mike went to see Elbow at the O2 last night so will probably be dripping on endlessly about that . Join him between 11 and 2 today..

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Tonight’s Drive

Mike Jones

Joining Mike Jones in the studio tonight will be Cllr Lionel Lee. Cllr Lee is a former chair of Essex Fire Authority and with serious changes planned for the Essex Fire Service including Brentwood Fire Station the debate should be interesting.

Also Colin Wade from the Hermit will be popping in plus the best music and the latest travel to get you home . Drivetime from 2pm till 6

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