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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 11.5.18 with Revd Paul Carr talking about Mindfulness for the Christian.

Paul joined us tonight to talk about Mindfulness and the Christian and Compassionate Mindfulness. He talked about how seeking peaceful read more

Friday Night Extra 4.5.18 with charity abseiler Mandie Gaskin.

Mandie took part in the abseil last Saturday to raise funds for Ingatestone C of E. Junior school and St. read more

Friday Night Extra 27.4.18 Just great songs

No guest tonight, so we just played two hours of great songs. We also asked for listeners reactions to the read more

Friday Night Extra 20.4.18 with singer songwriter & accoustic guitarist Ian Perryman

Ian Perryman joined us this evening and sang three original songs. He also sang a song by his inspiration, John read more

Friday Night Extra 13.4.18 Copy or cover?

Tonight we asked, if you record a new version of a well know song, should it just be a copy, read more

Friday Night Extra 6.4.18 Remembering

Tonight we featured a number of anniversaries. Thirty years ago this month saw the release of Travelling Wilburys Volume 1 read more

Friday Night Extra 30.3.18 Easter Special with Singer Marina Bottali- Price and guests including Alfie Clark.

Marina sang three songs live tonight Alfie Clark aged 10 sang live and talked about Easter at Ingatestone Junior School. read more

Friday Night Extra 23.3.18 With Chris, running in the Brighton Marathon

I was joined on the phone by Chris who is running in the Brighton Marathon, raising money for the Red read more

Friday Night Extra 16.3.18 The Irish connection

With St. Patrick’s day tomorrow, the second hour of the show was devoted to Irish artists. I counted down the read more

Friday Night Extra with studio guest Rev. Penny Sayer

Rev. Penny joined me to talk about her innovative role, unique in the C. of E. She works alongside parishes read more

Friday Night Extra 02.03.2018 with guests Fiona & Ian from Brentwood Schools Christian Workers Trust.

Fiona and Ian from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust joined me in the studio this evening. Ian said the read more

Friday Night Extra 23.2.18 with studio guest Rob Scraggs from Chesshomeless

Rob Scaggs came into the studio to update us on the work of the Chelmsford based charity Chess that works read more

Friday Night Extra 16.2.18 with an appreciation of the music of Paul Simon.

Tonight’s show included an appreciation of the music of Paul Simon, who has announced that the Homeward Bound tour will read more

Friday Night Extra with Tom Page singing live

Folk singer Tom Page brought his ukulele to the studio and sang three tracks live. From Galway to Graceland was read more

Friday Night Extra 2.2.18 with guest Lisa Harman

Lisa joined us on the phone to chat about her life on the cruise ships and her music. We had read more

Friday Night Extra 26.1.18 Featuring the music of Hugh Masekela, Jim Rodford & Neil Diamond.

Tonight we celebrated the musical legacy of three diverse performers. Hugh Masekela was a South Africa jazz trumpeter, with a read more

Friday Night Extra 19.1.18 with Sophie Grffiths singing live.

Sophie Griffiths joined us in the studio tonight and sang three numbers live. She talked about how she first sung read more

Friday Night Extra 12.1.17 with guest Pastor Symplice Usuku and an appreciation of the music of Ray Thomas.

Pastor Symplice lives in the Congo. He told us about the extreme poverty throughout the country despite the mineral wealth. read more

Friday Night Extra 5.1.17 That was 2017 & an appreciation of producer Rick Hall

We looked back at 2017 and some of the guests.  Also at the career from 1959 to 2017  of  legendary read more

Friday Night Extra 29.12.17 Christmas chillout

After all the festive celebrations, tonight it was time to chillout and relax. Our music mix tonight had more than read more

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