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Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the DJs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear.

After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night.

One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you.

I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital Radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts.

Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics including faith and social action. There are also some live music performances. This little boy's dream has come true!

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Friday Night Extra 11.10.19 with guest Revd. Stuart Hull from the Warley churches.

It was great to welcome back Revd. Stuart for his fourth visit to the show, but the first for four read more



Friday Night Extra 4.10.19 The power of the song with Tom Page singing live.

It was great to have Tom with us tonight, singing three songs and staying for most of the show to read more



Friday Night Extra 27.9.19 with guest David Pickthall.

David Pickthall joined us to talk about DPBB Live, the new album from the Big Band. The band grew out read more



Friday Night Extra 20.9.19 with Rob Saggs from Chesshomeless.

Rob returned to the show to give us an update on the work of Chesshomeless. The charity was originally launched read more



Friday Night Extra 13.9.19 with Sophie Griffiths singing live.

Sophie Griffiths, along with guitarist Olly, performed a fantastic live set this evening. She sang two of her own compositions, read more



Friday Night Extra 06.9.19 with guest Nikki Mills.

It was great to be joined tonight by Phoenix 98 FM’s NIkki Mills. She has an exciting new job with read more



Friday Night Extra 14.6.19 What’s going on? See you in September.

Our feature album tonight was the soul classic ‘What’s goin on’ by Marvin Gaye. This is a concept album, with read more



Friday Night Extra 7.6.19 with Mike Aston from Pleshey Retreat House.

Mike was my guest this evening. He told us about the Retreat House, a wonderful place in the Essex countryside read more



Friday Night Extra 24.5.19 with guest Lisa Whymark.

Tonight I was joined by Lisa Whymark, ordinand and family worker at St. Peter’s church in Hutton. Lisa told us read more



Friday Night Extra 17.5.19 Hearts and bones

Feature album tonight was Paul Simon’s 1983 album Hearts & Bones. Not one of his best known albums, but now read more



Friday Night Extra 10.5.19 Happy birthday Bono

Today is Bono’s 59th birthday. Musically we celebrated his birthday and that of 60s folk icon Donovan, 73 years old read more



Friday Night Extra 3rd May 19 with Phil Roberts from Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Phil Roberts from the local branch of the Christian Motorcyclists Association told us that all the members share a passion read more



Friday Night Extra 26.4.19 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Our feature album tonight was Elton John’s classic Goodbye Yellow brick road from 1973. It has sold over 30 million read more



Good Friday Night Extra Easter special with Tim Lee

I was joined tonight by Tim Lee from St. Giles’ church Mountnessing. Today had been a busy day for Tim. read more



Friday Night Extra 12.4.19 with Claire Abraham

Claire Abraham said she loved Lent and this year had felt even more special to her. She had been attempting read more



Friday Night Extra 5.4.19 Night Owls

Tonight’s music mix included the classic album Night Owl, recorded by Gerry Rafferty in 1979. We recalled the joy of read more



Friday Night Extra 29.3.19 with Rob Scaggs from CHESS

Great to welcome back Rob for an informative and entertaining chat about the on-going work of www. chesshomeless.org (01245 281104) read more



Friday Night Extra 15.3.19 with guest Matt Houghton

Tonight we were joined by Matt Houghton, assistant curate in Ingatestone and the surrounding villages. He talked about his Christian read more



Friday Night Extra 8th March 2019 All about Lent with Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden.

Our studio guest was Archdeacon Elizabeth. She talked about Lent and using it as a time to re-examine what we read more



Friday 1st of March. The Welsh connection.

Click here to listen again: As today is St. David’s day, we featured a lot of artists born in Wales. read more

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