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Godspell

Godspell

Alan Johnson October 25, 2014 1

Before this morning’s show I knew little about Godspell other than it being an iconic musical of the 70s that had something to do with the Bible, and my guests from Brentwood Operatic Society

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Summer gives way to Autumn

Summer gives way to Autumn

Alan Johnson October 4, 2014 0

Sunshine filled the studio when I started this morning’s show at 10 o’clock, but just 60 minutes later gloomy skies brought a reminder that summer has finally given way to Autumn! The music on

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Another 80s song clue

Another 80s song clue

Alan Johnson September 27, 2014 0

A great variety of music on the show this morning, including songs by Macy Gray, Kosheen and Chad Kroeger – together with a song from the 80s that doesn’t often get played these days.

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Remus needs your help!

Remus needs your help!

Alan Johnson September 20, 2014 0

We have a number of organisations in our area caring for needy animals and I caught up with one of them this morning – Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary – based at Buttsbury near Ingatestone.

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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

Alan Johnson September 13, 2014 0

Following their excellent stage performance of Trainspotting earlier this year I welcomed back to the studio this morning regular guests Early Doors Productions to talk about their next next performance. It’s another comedy that started life as

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Re_Public

Re_Public

Alan Johnson September 6, 2014 0

It was great to play host to a live session on this week’s show, with the popular Essex-based function band Re_Public. Chris, Paul, Ben and Mark play an enormous range of covers in a

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Help make a little girl’s wish come true!

Help make a little girl’s wish come true!

Alan Johnson August 30, 2014 0

The focus of this week’s show was on some of the people helping others in our community with various needs of one sort or another. Firstly I chatted with Stuart Oldham as he watched

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A cocktail of great songs

A cocktail of great songs

Alan Johnson August 16, 2014 0

V Festival getting under way just up the road gave the perfect opportunity this morning to spin some songs by some of those taking part – including Justin Timberlake, The Killers and Swedish House

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Was life so much better then?

Was life so much better then?

Alan Johnson August 2, 2014 0

Another busy show, including a look ahead to the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games and a stack load of good songs to wile away the morning as many of the roads across the area ground

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Festival Favourites

Festival Favourites

Alan Johnson July 26, 2014 0

We at Phoenix are delighted to be involved with the Brentwood Festival, and with last weekend’s being such a success I took the opportunity this morning to play out some of the interviews we

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Sounding festive

Sounding festive

Alan Johnson July 19, 2014 0

A busy show this morning, with a look ahead to the third round of the Open at Hoylake, England’s second Test against India at Lord’s and the rest of the weekend’s sporting action. It’s

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Is it really 30 years?!

Is it really 30 years?!

Alan Johnson July 12, 2014 0

A bit of an 80s theme to this morning’s show, including songs from Godley & Creme, Fairground Attraction and that for which I gave you the following clue: The lyrics of this 1985 song

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Making a real difference to children’s lives

Making a real difference to children’s lives

Alan Johnson July 5, 2014 0

On this morning’s show I played out a couple of interviews I recorded last weekend when I had the pleasure of attending the annual barbecue hosted by the South Essex Link of Chernobyl Children’s

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The loss of another music legend

The loss of another music legend

Alan Johnson June 28, 2014 0

Another great selection of songs this morning, including a less well known cover of an 80s song following the sad news of the death of a soul legend. Bobby Womack was just 70, and

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Anyone for… strawberries?

Anyone for… strawberries?

Alan Johnson June 21, 2014 0

You can always tell when it’s mid summer as that’s when the Strawberry Fair comes to town, and I caught up this morning with Phoenix FM’s Tony Smith just as the fun was about to

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Whatever happens now – well done Gareth!

Whatever happens now – well done Gareth!

Alan Johnson June 14, 2014 0

Following my chat a few weeks ago with Pilgrims Hatch Scout Leader Gareth Sell about his epic challenge of cycling the nearly 1,000 mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s End I caught up

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Feelgood Saturday – 31/5/2014

Feelgood Saturday – 31/5/2014

Elliot Smith May 31, 2014 0

PLAYLIST: Texas – Summer Son Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind (Cerrone Funk Remix) Lorde – No Better Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can

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More like mid winter!

More like mid winter!

Alan Johnson May 24, 2014 0

It felt like the middle of winter this morning, despite mid summer being just a few weeks away! As always on Phoenix, though, the songs helped clear away the gloom – with music ranging from

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An impossible challenge?

An impossible challenge?

Alan Johnson May 17, 2014 1

You often hear about people travelling the length of the country – from John O’Groats on the North Eastern tip of mainland Scotland down to Land’s End – by various means to raise money

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A pre-election coalition

A pre-election coalition

Alan Johnson May 10, 2014 0

I was joined this morning by not one but five politicians – although it wasn’t the forthcoming local elections we talked about, but a local initiative they’ve joined forces to support to raise awareness of

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Old music and a very… New Song

Old music and a very… New Song

Alan Johnson May 3, 2014 0

The usual great mix music wise this morning, from current songs by the likes of Imelda May and Aloe Blacc alongside classics from Squeeze, Queen and Kate Bush – not forgetting another song that was Acceptable in

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Wishing…

Wishing…

Alan Johnson April 26, 2014 0

The last Saturday of April already – and as well as all the usual features I dug out another song from the 80s that you probably hadn’t heard in a while. The clue almost

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Are you up for a 4,000 mile walk?

Are you up for a 4,000 mile walk?

Alan Johnson April 19, 2014 1

Hopefully something for everyone music wise this morning, including songs from Aqua, The Manhattan Transfer and my guest from a couple of weeks ago, Annie May Adams – who’ll be playing live at our

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Wester Ross to Novia Scotia

Wester Ross to Novia Scotia

Alan Johnson April 13, 2014 0

A great mix of music for a Spring Saturday morning, from Katrina & the Waves to Divine Comedy and the Rolling Stones to Gwen Stefani. We also took a trip back to the 80s

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Annie May Adams

Annie May Adams

Alan Johnson April 6, 2014 0

Annie May Adams is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Romford, and it was a pleasure this morning that she gave her first ever radio session to Phoenix! Despite being in the early stages

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All mixed up

All mixed up

Alan Johnson March 29, 2014 0

This morning’s show saw the return of a popular feature with a song that was Acceptable in the 80s – a top 40 hit single from that decade that, chances are, you’ve not heard

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A spirit of unity – World Scout Jamboree

A spirit of unity – World Scout Jamboree

Alan Johnson March 22, 2014 0

Alan Johnson chats to some of the Essex scouts off to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan

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I am what I am

I am what I am

Alan Johnson March 15, 2014 0

I chatted this morning with three members of Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society about their production next month of La Cage aux Folles. Based on a French play first performed in the 1970s, which

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Make bananas fair

Make bananas fair

Alan Johnson March 8, 2014 0

As the annual fortnight to promote the Fairtrade campaign across the UK and beyond drew to a close it was good to be joined this morning by Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade Group.

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Another lyric teaser

Another lyric teaser

Alan Johnson March 1, 2014 0

A great variety of music on this morning’s show, including songs from some of the artists who played at our second Phoenix Fridays gig last night. My Word Up! lyric teaser was a couple

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Working together for mental wellbeing

Working together for mental wellbeing

Alan Johnson February 22, 2014 0

Following on from #TimetoTalk Day a couple of weeks ago it was a pleasure this morning to welcome back to Phoenix three of the volunteers with the Essex Mental Health Community – Wayne Banks,

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Trainspotting…

Trainspotting…

Alan Johnson February 15, 2014 0

…not noting loco numbers, but the forthcoming production by my guests this morning, Early Doors Productions. Danny Boyle’s highly acclaimed 1996 film was based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, which director Amy Clayton explained

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Mud, madness & an accordion

Mud, madness & an accordion

Alan Johnson February 8, 2014 2

Today was a big day for St Francis Hospice, with the Mud ‘n’ Madness challenge at Stubbers Adventure Centre near Upminster. Phoenix FM’s adrenalin junkie Rob Jelly was there, not just to compere the event

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Essex Tourettes Action

Essex Tourettes Action

Alan Johnson February 1, 2014 3

I had a fascinating chat this morning about the tic disorder Tourettes Syndrome, with the founders of a local support group – Brigette and Peter Carter – along with their daughter Emilly, together with

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More pitch inspections!

More pitch inspections!

Alan Johnson January 25, 2014 0

Another busy and varied show, with – amongst other things – a look ahead to the first Phoenix Fridays gig at the Old Brentwoods Club next weekend, previews of today’s Fourth Round FA Cup

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A sponsored head shave and the return of Manilow

A sponsored head shave and the return of Manilow

Alan Johnson January 18, 2014 0

We heard this morning about a woman in Shenfield having her head shaved later to raise money for the Essex Tourettes Action Group, which was preparing to celebrate its first meeting in its brand new

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Saturday sampling

Saturday sampling

Alan Johnson January 11, 2014 0

Another airing this morning to a couple of the many talented up and coming musicians we’ve featured on Phoenix recently. First up was Greg Hummell, otherwise known as Prismism Project, who recorded a session live

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Cryin’ in the rain

Cryin’ in the rain

Alan Johnson January 5, 2014 0

Another wet morning weather wise, and sad news from California, with the death of one half of the biggest acts of the 50s and 60s, Phil Everly. With his brother, Don, the Everly Brothers

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Remembering a year of Feelgood Saturdays

Remembering a year of Feelgood Saturdays

Alan Johnson December 28, 2013 0

One of the great things about being a presenter on Phoenix is the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people, and as 2013 draws to a close I’ve been remembering those who’ve appeared on

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The shortest day – but only just!

The shortest day – but only just!

Alan Johnson December 21, 2013 0

The last Feelgood Saturday before Christmas – and the shortest day across the northern hemisphere! It certainly seemed like it too, with one of the gloomiest days in a long while making even today’s

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Rockin’ with Julie Jive & the Bigshots

Rockin’ with Julie Jive & the Bigshots

Alan Johnson December 14, 2013 1

We took a trip back to the 50s this morning, with a welcome return to Phoenix of the excellent Julie Jive & the Bigshots. Ken (drums), Graham (guitar), Graham (sax), Julie (vocals) and Steve (double

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Alan Johnson December 7, 2013 0

Today’s Small Business Saturday, a national initiative to encourage people throughout the UK to support small businesses – and on this morning’s show we took a look at some of the many events taking

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Let us entertain you!

Let us entertain you!

Alan Johnson December 1, 2013 0

The main focus of this week’s show was to look ahead to what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of celebrations in the town centre for Lighting Up Brentwood, all held together by

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Blame it on the weatherman

Blame it on the weatherman

Alan Johnson November 23, 2013 0

It was a pleasure this morning to be joined by the newest member of our team of presenters, Matt Taylor, who’ll be bringing a brand new warm and chilled out sound to Saturday nights

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Your chance to win!

Your chance to win!

Alan Johnson November 16, 2013 0

.. tickets to the launch of the Penny Blue Picturehouse in Brentwood on 7th December

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Helping not just the horses

Helping not just the horses

Alan Johnson November 10, 2013 0

Listen here:Feelgood Saturday 09 11 13 Fran Smith Longstanding volunteer at the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Fran Smith, popped in this week to give an update on some of the animals they care for

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Let me tell you

Let me tell you

Alan Johnson November 2, 2013 0

A real variety of great music on the show this morning, with oldies from the likes of the Beach Boys and Savage Garden through to current songs by Northcote, Matt Cardle and others. Another

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One night in October

One night in October

Alan Johnson October 26, 2013 0

Another busy weekend of sport, and as well as the main Premier League matches we took a look ahead this morning to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup involving Essex sides and

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Winter tyres

Winter tyres

Alan Johnson October 20, 2013 0

Advice from Hutton tyre specialists Skidmarques on what to put on your wheels this winter

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Not for the fainthearted…

Not for the fainthearted…

Alan Johnson October 12, 2013 0

Listen here:Feelgood Saturday 12 10 13 Early Doors Productions Amy Clayton – co-founder of the excellent local theatre group Early Doors Productions – dropped by this morning, along with virtually the entire cast of

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Dancing outside the kitchen

Dancing outside the kitchen

Alan Johnson October 5, 2013 0

A look ahead to another busy weekend of sport this morning – including Premiership action, Brentwood’s FA Trophy match against Hastings Utd, tonight’s Super League final and tomorrow’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Don’t forget

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Holly Trees leads the Fairtrade way

Holly Trees leads the Fairtrade way

Alan Johnson September 28, 2013 1

We heard this morning from yesterday’s coffee morning at Holly Trees Primary School in Brentwood, which recently became the first school in the Borough to be awarded Fairtrade status. I went along to the

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Inspirational Irene

Inspirational Irene

Alan Johnson September 22, 2013 0

“Inspirational Irene – From the Heart” is a new book telling the story of a woman from Great Burstead who passed away last year after living for several years with recurrent bowel cancer, and

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By Jove Missus! Another packed programme this morning…

By Jove Missus! Another packed programme this morning…

Alan Johnson September 14, 2013 0

…including a preview of a busy afternoon of football with a whole host of Essex teams taking part in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup; a song performed live on yesterday’s One

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When you think everything’s ok…

When you think everything’s ok…

Alan Johnson September 7, 2013 0

One of the great things about Phoenix is the great variety of music we play, so you’re never far away from a favourite or a song that brings back a memory or two. This

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Lions and Donkeys

Lions and Donkeys

Alan Johnson August 31, 2013 0

Martin Hardwick-Smith, 1st Vice-President of Brentwood Lions Club, popped in this morning to talk about tomorrow’s Stock Charity Donkey Derby. This promises to be a great day out for the whole family, with loads

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Doom and gloom…

Doom and gloom…

Alan Johnson August 24, 2013 0

…weather wise, but anything but on Phoenix today, with a stack load of music and chat to brighten up a thoroughly miserable summer’s day! My Word Up! lyric teaser was quite tough this week:

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Another lyric teaser

Another lyric teaser

Alan Johnson August 18, 2013 0

Another busy weekend sports wise – with the new Premier League season, World Athletics Championship and our local teams playing – and we took a look ahead to all the action. Music wise, in

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The 27 Club and Heinz 57

The 27 Club and Heinz 57

Alan Johnson August 10, 2013 3

I had the pleasure of welcoming some fantastic guests to Phoenix this morning. First up I was joined by blues/soul singer Rhonda Merrick, along with her partner Ritchie Swann. Ritchie’s band Loose Change accompanied

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A new season already

A new season already

Alan Johnson August 3, 2013 0

It’s that time of year already, with the start of a new football season launching the Football League’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Our local teams don’t play until next weekend – with Billericay relegated to

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England v Germany – at the Brentwood Centre

England v Germany – at the Brentwood Centre

Alan Johnson July 27, 2013 0

It was a delight this morning to be joined by a charity fundraiser who’s already raised over £116,000 for Cancer Research UK, received a standing ovation from a packed Premier League stadium and earned

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Don’t steal my sunshine!

Don’t steal my sunshine!

Alan Johnson July 13, 2013 0

A real summer feel to this morning’s show, with news from the first test of the Ashes, together with loads of great outdoor events taking place around our area, and a sprinkling of songs

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Festival’s here!

Festival’s here!

Alan Johnson July 6, 2013 0

A brilliant weekend for the Brentwood Festival weather wise, and to get a flavour of things music-wise we heard songs this morning from some of the acts taking part, including Adrian Nation and States

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Chernobyl Children and Billericay’s Art Trail

Chernobyl Children and Billericay’s Art Trail

Alan Johnson June 29, 2013 0

The South Essex Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line are very busy at the moment entertaining 8 girls and 4 boys from south eastern Belarus, one of the areas worst affected by the 1986

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Who’s the greatest Egghead?

Who’s the greatest Egghead?

Alan Johnson June 22, 2013 0

A very busy show this morning, with a look ahead to the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race from Steve Robertson, live from France; closer to home, all the fun of Brentwood’s Strawberry Fair,

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Boxcars on the road

Boxcars on the road

Alan Johnson June 15, 2013 0

Today’s Creative Sessions band being featured throughout the day was Boxcars, a recently formed 5-piece alternative band from Southend. We heard two of their songs during my show - The Road and Promises – along with part of

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Promises from the Outset

Promises from the Outset

Alan Johnson June 8, 2013 0

Another busy weekend sports wise, with previews this morning of  the French Open Tennis finals, rugby union and cricket matches against Australia and tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix. The main focus this morning, though, was

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Isn’t she pretty…

Isn’t she pretty…

Alan Johnson June 1, 2013 0

Another busy show this morning, including news of Bradley Wiggins being forced out of the Tour de France by injury, a plug for the forthcoming issue of the Billericay Town Guide and loads of requests

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Word up!

Word up!

Alan Johnson May 25, 2013 0

A packed show this morning, with a look ahead to this evening’s Champions League Final, tomorrow’s final heat of our own Battle Stage contest and the Go Spike weekend at the Brentwood Centre’s brand new

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The 7th Century comes to Billericay

The 7th Century comes to Billericay

Alan Johnson May 18, 2013 0

Listen here: Chris Brewster, Curator of Billericay’s Cater Museum, told us this morning about a very exciting visit to the museum by members of the Ealdfaeder Anglo Saxon re-enactment group, who were going to

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And the World Goes ‘Round

And the World Goes ‘Round

Alan Johnson May 11, 2013 0

Listen here: Nina Jarram, Chair of Brentwood Operatic Society, joined me this morning to talk about their forthcoming production at Brentwood Theatre. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb – who were responsible for

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French connection

French connection

Alan Johnson May 4, 2013 0

Listen again: A busy show this morning! Firstly the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Ann Coe, popped in with her husband, Paul Barrell, to give a quick plug to a tandem skydive she was going

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Sunshine and showers

Sunshine and showers

Alan Johnson April 27, 2013 0

…typical April weather, perhaps, although despite the sunshine it’s still much colder than its should be for the time of year. Thankfully things always feel much warmer with Phoenix FM, where I was delighted

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Chernobyl Hero

Chernobyl Hero

Alan Johnson April 20, 2013 0

Chernobyl firefighting hero Petr Makarenko talked about the nuclear power plant disaster

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Tractors at bedtime and picking the fruit out of muesli!

Tractors at bedtime and picking the fruit out of muesli!

Alan Johnson April 6, 2013 0

To listen again click here: My guest this morning was Michelle Robinson, author of picture books for “lap age” children with wonderful titles including “What to do if an elephant stands on your foot”,

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British Summer Time… and still below freezing!

British Summer Time… and still below freezing!

Alan Johnson March 30, 2013 0

I’m sorry to say today’s weather forecasts were all too familiar – another cold day, predictions of sub-zero temperatures overnight, and a similar outlook for tomorrow. The clocks go forward tonight, bringing in British

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Wired for sound

Wired for sound

Alan Johnson March 23, 2013 0

For this week’s lyric teaser I chose a song by an artist who’s pretty much shunned by many radio stations these days. The lyrics were: Give me the ring on your finger, let me

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Listen to us!

Listen to us!

Alan Johnson March 16, 2013 0

A bit of self approbation this morning, as we reflected on just some of the great programmes and features on Phoenix over the past few days – such as Sylvia Kent’s Book Club on

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Real Essex girls

Real Essex girls

Alan Johnson March 9, 2013 0

To listen again click here: The Essex Book Festival is in full swing, and as part of this a debate taking place next week in Brentwood asks the question “What Next for Essex? From

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The Stondon Singers

The Stondon Singers

Alan Johnson March 2, 2013 0

To listen again click here: I chatted this morning with Matthew Butt, PR Officer with the Stondon Singers, ahead of their Choral Masterpieces from Venice concert next weekend in Blackmore. Matthew spoke about the

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Brentwood First

Brentwood First

Alan Johnson February 23, 2013 0

Click here to listen again to the interview: I was joined this morning by the leader of the area’s newest political group, Brentwood First. Warley Councillor William Lloyd and three of his colleagues –

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Another musical tease

Another musical tease

Alan Johnson February 16, 2013 0

We had all the usual features on this morning’s show, along with some great music – including the song for which I earlier read a couple of lyrics in the Word Up tease: Step

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Mud ‘n’ Madness live

Mud ‘n’ Madness live

Alan Johnson February 9, 2013 0

Today was the big Mud ‘n’ Madness 7.5km adventure race in Upminster, with Rob Jelly and Bryan Powis eagerly taking up the challenge to raise money for St Francis Hospice. Bob Simpson and Mike

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Foray to the Foyer

Foray to the Foyer

Alan Johnson February 2, 2013 0

A foray normally suggests something alien, but in fact this one’s just the opposite as the foyer in question is, of course, the recently refurbished bar at the Brentwood Centre, where Phoenix FM has

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The first day of spring?

The first day of spring?

Alan Johnson January 26, 2013 0

That assumption would be far too premature and it would no doubt play havoc with the natural order of things, but it was nevertheless welcome this morning to see the snow begin to thaw in

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Winter tyres and adding years to a child’s life

Winter tyres and adding years to a child’s life

Alan Johnson January 19, 2013 0

Managing director of tyre and alignment specialists Skidmarques, Keith Playell, popped in this morning to talk about winter tyres. Keith explained that a better description is cold weather tyres, as their construction makes for

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Brentwood Arts Cinema Club

Brentwood Arts Cinema Club

Alan Johnson January 12, 2013 2

It was a pleasure this morning to welcome back to Phoenix Jill Dimmock from the Brentwood Arts Cinema Club, whose 2013 season of monthly meetings starts next Sunday. Jill spoke briefly about the history

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Word Up!

Word Up!

Alan Johnson January 5, 2013 0

The first Feelgood Saturday of a new year – and the return of an old favourite radio teaser with Word Up – a well-known song to identify from just a few lines:         If

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I’ll be honoured… Not!

I’ll be honoured… Not!

Alan Johnson December 29, 2012 0

With this morning’s news bulletins dominated by the publication of the Queen’s New Year Honours List I took a look at some of the names of people who, in the past, have declined an

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In the mood?

In the mood?

Alan Johnson December 22, 2012 0

With the world not ending yesterday we can now look forward to Christmas, although the wet and mild weather is hardly in keeping with the traditional festive feeling! That was a good reason to

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There was the news…

There was the news…

Alan Johnson December 15, 2012 0

On this morning’s show we remembered someone who was, for people over a certain age, something of a national treasure, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Kenneth Kendall was one of

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Sooner or later…

Sooner or later…

Alan Johnson December 8, 2012 1

It was good to be joined this morning by prospective new presenter Alex Hoggett, a regular with his band The Felonie on Nick Field’s Curveballs, who took part in our Creative Sessions earlier this

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Lighting up the High Street

Lighting up the High Street

Alan Johnson December 1, 2012 0

On this morning’s show we took a look ahead to what turned out to be a great afternoon of entertainment hosted by Phoenix FM at the heart of this year’s Brentwood High Street Christmas

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Stop the traffik

Stop the traffik

Alan Johnson November 24, 2012 0

Sarah and Nigel joined me this morning from the Chelmsford based group Active Communities against Trafficking. They began by explaining what trafficking is, and how the victims – often children – are used for

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One should be amused…

One should be amused…

Alan Johnson November 17, 2012 0

Next weekend the Brentwood Centre goes back to the 40s, 50s and 60s when it plays host to the Essex Vintage Weekender, and this morning we took a look ahead with a taster from

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Helping keep the brass in YOUR pocket

Helping keep the brass in YOUR pocket

Alan Johnson November 10, 2012 0

I chatted this morning with Nick Brown, Principal of the recently formed Brentwood Bills Club, which helps businesses, homes and community groups in the Brentwood and Billericay area save money on a whole range

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Stuck in the 80s!

Stuck in the 80s!

Alan Johnson November 3, 2012 0

My clues to this week’s song that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in a while – were that this boy band were

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End of an era

End of an era

Alan Johnson October 27, 2012 0

I had a brief chat with Scott Ross this morning about the end of an era this week in the world of TV in the UK, with the final switch-off of analogue transmissions and,

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Another musical trip back to the 80s

Another musical trip back to the 80s

Alan Johnson October 20, 2012 0

We enjoyed another nusical trip back to the 80s this morning, with one of those songs that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard

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Well and truly puzzled!

Well and truly puzzled!

Alan Johnson October 13, 2012 0

We learnt this morning that the Rubik’s Cube European Championships were taking place in Poland, with over 300 contestants from 26 countries taking part. Something about this tickled me – I’m not sure whether

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Encouraging young people through sport and music

Encouraging young people through sport and music

Alan Johnson October 6, 2012 0

I was joined this morning by Richard King, Chairman of Brentwood Rugby Club, who are hosting the Golden Boot Festival, a one day tournament for under-16s in teams from as far away as Norfolk. As

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Where does she find the time?!

Where does she find the time?!

Alan Johnson September 29, 2012 0

Prolific local author Sylvia Kent popped in this morning to talk about two fascinating ebooks she’s recently published, both on aspects of local history. In “St Mary Magdalene: Billericay’s Church in the High Street”

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Coffee time again!

Coffee time again!

Alan Johnson September 22, 2012 0

We caught up this morning with Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade Steering Group, who next week will be hosting one of the many local events that make up MacMillan Cancer Support’s annual World’s

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GX0TRG calling the world!

GX0TRG calling the world!

Alan Johnson September 15, 2012 0

Pete Sipple of the recently formed Thames Amateur Radio Group popped in this morning to explain exactly what amateur radio is all about and why it still holds its appeal in an age of

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The one man band

The one man band

Alan Johnson September 8, 2012 0

This morning I was joined by Paolo Morena, the Chelmsford based singer, songwriter and musician whose looping techniques of layering a song as he plays live effectively make him a one man band. Paolo

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An Inspector calls…

An Inspector calls…

Alan Johnson September 1, 2012 0

…In fact it was the Chief Inspector, as I was joined this morning by Justin Cartledge, who’s starring as the infamous Jacques Clouseau in Early Doors Productions’ forthcoming performance of The Pink Panther Strikes

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Who – or what – is Nicki Minaj singing about?

Who – or what – is Nicki Minaj singing about?

Alan Johnson August 25, 2012 0

We took a look ahead this morning to some of the many brilliant events talking place in and around our area over the next week or two, including next weekend’s Herongate & Ingrave Cricket

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Essex Dog Day 2012 on Feelgood Saturday

Essex Dog Day 2012 on Feelgood Saturday

Ed Wellman August 20, 2012 0

Was a pleasure to sit in for Alan this week on the Feelgood Saturday. Thanks to Sarah Courage and Roy Dyer for coming into Phoenix FM to tell us all about the Essex Dog

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Will you need the Egghead?

Will you need the Egghead?

Alan Johnson August 11, 2012 0

Lynda Head, St Francis Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, popped in this morning to talk about their Big Yellow Q Quiz Night next Friday at the Brentwood Centre, where BBC TV’s Egghead Barry Simmons will be

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The Horn behind the music of the 80s

The Horn behind the music of the 80s

Alan Johnson August 4, 2012 0

On this morning’s show I unearthed yet another song that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit that you probably hadn’t heard in a while. In this case I wouldn’t

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More local talent!

More local talent!

Alan Johnson July 28, 2012 0

I had the pleasure this morning of giving the first airing to four songs recorded exclusively for Phoenix FM by Brentwood based singer/songwriter Paul Coogan. Paul was one of 23 artists and bands who

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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Alan Johnson July 21, 2012 0

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that was Acceptable in the

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Another vowel please, Carol…

Another vowel please, Carol…

Alan Johnson July 14, 2012 0

Well, it was still Carol when I last watched Countdown! With yet more rain meaning that so many things have had to be cancelled – including Phoenix FM’s Family Fun Day in association with

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From Belarus to Billericay and farewell to a friend

From Belarus to Billericay and farewell to a friend

Alan Johnson July 7, 2012 1

It was fantastic this morning to welcome to Phoenix FM eight of the twelve children mostly from the Bragin area of Belarus currently enjoying a month-long recuperative holiday organised by the Billericay Link of

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Hello from Belarus!

Hello from Belarus!

Alan Johnson June 30, 2012 0

We heard this morning from a dozen children from Belarus who are currently enjoying a recuperative holiday in Essex organised by the Billericay Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line. Each year the Link welcomes

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To be, or not to be, honoured?

To be, or not to be, honoured?

Alan Johnson June 16, 2012 0

With today’s publication of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list we took a look this morning at some of those who, in the past, have turned down an award from Her Majesty. Earlier this year, following a

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Strawberries and a stripper!

Strawberries and a stripper!

Alan Johnson June 2, 2012 0

There are so many things going on around Brentwood and Billericay at the moment – many of them, though by no means all, connected with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commemorations – and we covered

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Southgate and Lee – from busking to the big time!

Southgate and Lee – from busking to the big time!

Alan Johnson May 26, 2012 0

This morning I gave the first play on Phoenix FM to the debut single by the duet Southgate and Leigh, Reena. Composer and keyboard player Phil Southgate grew up in Hutton, and he and

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Two great bands – live! …and all about the Marillac

Two great bands – live! …and all about the Marillac

Alan Johnson May 19, 2012 0

With the seventh Phoenix FM Creative Sessions being recorded a stone’s throw from our studios at the Brentwood Centre it was great this morning to welcome a couple of bands onto the programme for

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Who’ll be Queen for a Day?

Who’ll be Queen for a Day?

Alan Johnson May 12, 2012 1

Mark Reed popped in today to talk about a very exciting competition being run by Bennetts Funeral Directors, in conjunction with the Gazette and various local businesses. They’re on the search for two ladies

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FA Cup Final day and a stolen Bra!

FA Cup Final day and a stolen Bra!

Bob Simpson May 5, 2012 0

Very much enjoyed covering Alan Johnson on Feelgood Saturday today. Along with some great Feelgood music we heard some Interesting local news and sports stories including a story about a bra (and nothing else)

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The oldest horse in the world?

The oldest horse in the world?

Alan Johnson April 28, 2012 0

I was joined this morning by Fran Smith from the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary. As well as explaining how the Sanctuary came about and what it does, Fran also talked about Shayne, who –

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Elizabeth Lord – She just can’t stop writing!

Elizabeth Lord – She just can’t stop writing!

Alan Johnson April 21, 2012 0

This morning I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with prolific local novelist Elizabeth Lord. Elizabeth, who lives in Billericay, has published no fewer than 23 novels; she’s also about to publish the first of a trilogy,

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A great way to remember a friend

A great way to remember a friend

Alan Johnson April 14, 2012 0

I chatted this morning with Oliver Rowe, one of the organisers of a special day of events to remember his friend whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK. The Alan Paul Squash Memorial Handicap

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My not so Feelgood Saturday – 7th April

My not so Feelgood Saturday – 7th April

Alan Johnson April 7, 2012 0

A bit of a different sound to the programme today – as I was suffering from a sore throat :(. As Scott Ross later suggested, from my point of view “Feelgood” wasn’t quite the

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Feelgood Saturday, Skidmarques and Annette Carey Couture

Feelgood Saturday, Skidmarques and Annette Carey Couture

Bob Simpson March 31, 2012 0

It was my great pleasure to be sitting in for Alan on Feelgood Saturday this week. In the first hour, apart from the usual mix of great music we heard an item about the

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Undiscovered Upminster and an evening for ladies only – Feelgood Saturday 24th March

Undiscovered Upminster and an evening for ladies only – Feelgood Saturday 24th March

Alan Johnson March 24, 2012 0

This morning I chatted with Phoenix presenter and filmmaker Mike Jones, about his fascinating new documentary Undiscovered Upminster. Mike shared one or two of the interesting facts about his home town which, to many

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One of the most sampled songs of the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 17th March

One of the most sampled songs of the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 17th March

Alan Johnson March 17, 2012 0

Following the success of last weekend’s Fairtrade celebration in Brentwood High Street, this morning I gave a mention to the many local businesses and organisations whom the local Steering Group wanted to thank for

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Fairtrade Celebration! – Feelgood Saturday 10th March

Fairtrade Celebration! – Feelgood Saturday 10th March

Alan Johnson March 10, 2012 0

On this morning’s show I caught up again with the Brentwood Fairtrade Group, who were celebrating the culmination of Fairtrade Fortnight with a big display in the High Street. The theme of this year’s

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Just how many Humperdincks are there? – Feelgood Saturday 3rd March

Just how many Humperdincks are there? – Feelgood Saturday 3rd March

Alan Johnson March 3, 2012 0

Following this week’s news that Englebert Humperdinck is to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovsion Song Contest I decided to type his name into predictive text on my smartphone, which replaced his forename with the

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Fairtrade and Brentwood’s youngest councillor – Feelgood Saturday 25th February

Fairtrade and Brentwood’s youngest councillor – Feelgood Saturday 25th February

Alan Johnson February 25, 2012 0

Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade steering group popped in this morning, to talk about Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts on Monday. This year’s theme is Taking a Step towards Fairtrade, which Caryl explained can

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Belarus to Billericay – Feelgood Saturday 18th February

Belarus to Billericay – Feelgood Saturday 18th February

Alan Johnson February 18, 2012 0

This morning I was pleased to welcome back some good friends of the programme from the Billericay Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line. Chairman David Gladstone reminded us about the holidays the group organises

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Day 1 in our new home – and a Government inspection! – Feelgood Saturday 11th February

Day 1 in our new home – and a Government inspection! – Feelgood Saturday 11th February

Alan Johnson February 11, 2012 0

Day one of broadcasting from our brand new studios in the Brentwood Centre made for a somewhat different programme from normal, with an unexpected visit from Brentwood & Ongar MP Eric Pickles. As well

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A free day out and a charity that empowers people – Feelgood Saturday 4th February

A free day out and a charity that empowers people – Feelgood Saturday 4th February

Alan Johnson February 4, 2012 0

Skidmarques‘ MD Keith Playell popped by again this morning to give us the latest news on their big Open Day next Sunday afternoon to celebrate the company’s move to bigger premises. As well as

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Fast cars and new talent – Feelgood Saturday 28th January

Fast cars and new talent – Feelgood Saturday 28th January

Alan Johnson January 28, 2012 0

Skidmarques‘ MD Keith Playell popped in again this morning, to share some of the exciting things already planned for their big Open Day to celebrate the company’s move to bigger premises. This will be something

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Pothole Watch

Pothole Watch

Alan Johnson January 21, 2012 0

Keith Playell from Skidmarques tells us the roads to avoid in Brentwood

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Excellent stage and screen, all on our doorstep – Feelgood Saturday 14th January

Excellent stage and screen, all on our doorstep – Feelgood Saturday 14th January

Alan Johnson January 14, 2012 1

We covered both films and theatre on this morning’s show, both of which are flourishing across Brentwood and Billericay. First up Jill Dimmock popped in from the Brentwood Arts Cinema Club to talk about

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A “P” please Bob… – Feelgood Saturday 7th January

A “P” please Bob… – Feelgood Saturday 7th January

Alan Johnson January 7, 2012 0

It was sad this morning to hear the news that broadcasting legend Bob Holness had died. He’s probably best remembered for presenting the TV quiz Blockbusters in the 80s and early 90s, and of

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Brentwood’s officially Fairtrade – Feelgood Saturday 31st December

Brentwood’s officially Fairtrade – Feelgood Saturday 31st December

Alan Johnson December 31, 2011 0

Following last week’s announcement that Brentwood has been designated an official Fairtrade Town I chatted this morning with Caryl Kwei, whose local steering group have worked so hard over the past few years to

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Roll on summer! – Feelgood Saturday 24th December

Roll on summer! – Feelgood Saturday 24th December

Alan Johnson December 24, 2011 0

This morning we heard that Brentwood had been named the fifth most desirable place to live in the UK, according to the Halifax Bank’s annual Quality of Life Survey, which looks at factors such as health,

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Why don’t you… – Feelgood Saturday 17th December

Why don’t you… – Feelgood Saturday 17th December

Alan Johnson December 17, 2011 0

I promised not too many cheesy Christmas songs this morning, and think I kept my word. I did give East 17′s Stay another day an airing, but it doesn’t really mention Christmas, so I

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A pet greyhound, Victorian Billericay and central heating – Feelgood Saturday 10th December

A pet greyhound, Victorian Billericay and central heating – Feelgood Saturday 10th December

Alan Johnson December 10, 2011 0

Carol Cannavan, editor of various publications for the plumbing and heating industry, and Danny Davis, Operations Manager with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, popped in this morning to give some advice

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Christmas angels, a friendly banker and a very long river – Feelgood Saturday 3rd December

Christmas angels, a friendly banker and a very long river – Feelgood Saturday 3rd December

Alan Johnson December 3, 2011 1

This morning I enjoyed chatting with Hil Jennings and Steve Meacham, two members of a band called Amazi, about their song Christmas Angel. Hil explained how he was inspired to write the song after visiting

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After the fire – Feelgood Saturday 26th November

After the fire – Feelgood Saturday 26th November

Alan Johnson November 26, 2011 1

It was back to 1985 for this morning’s song that was Acceptable in the 80s - a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in a while. My clues were that before

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If only every winter’s day could be like this – Feelgood Saturday 19th November

If only every winter’s day could be like this – Feelgood Saturday 19th November

Alan Johnson November 19, 2011 0

 A beautiful sunny morning across Brentwood and Billericay, and a bit of a smooth feel to some of the music, including this morning’s song that was Acceptable in the 80s - a UK top 40

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Around the Horn – Feelgood Saturday 12th November

Around the Horn – Feelgood Saturday 12th November

Alan Johnson November 12, 2011 0

It was a laid back show this morning, packed with great songs, ranging from Nero to Mike & the Mechanics. Amongst them was another song that was Acceptable in the 80s - a UK

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Free opera and a play for Armistice Day – Feelgood Saturday 5th November

Free opera and a play for Armistice Day – Feelgood Saturday 5th November

Alan Johnson November 5, 2011 0

Chairman of Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, Richard Randall, joined me this morning to talk about A Night at the Opera next Saturday evening at Brentwood International Centre. The Society is keen to develop

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Afraid of emotional commitment? – Feelgood Saturday 29th October

Afraid of emotional commitment? – Feelgood Saturday 29th October

Alan Johnson October 29, 2011 2

It was great to be joined this morning by Laurie Edmonds, Social Media Manager of the Brentwood Operatic Society. Laurie spoke about BOS’ performance next week of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which centres around 35

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Billericay’s Community Archive and Brentwood’s PHAB – Feelgood Saturday 22nd October

Billericay’s Community Archive and Brentwood’s PHAB – Feelgood Saturday 22nd October

Alan Johnson October 22, 2011 0

I chatted this morning with Sylvia Kent and Jim Devlin who were at Billericay Library with a display by the Billericay Community Archive. The Archive has made great progress since it was launched last

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Flashback to the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 15th October

Flashback to the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 15th October

Alan Johnson October 15, 2011 0

Elliot and I chatted a bit about the Rugby World Cup this morning, wondering to what extent people in England have been getting behind Wales, and also how much sport can really lift the mood of

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Where did Strike get that amazing piano riff? – Feelgood Saturday 8th October

Where did Strike get that amazing piano riff? – Feelgood Saturday 8th October

Alan Johnson October 8, 2011 0

I played two songs this morning that were Acceptable in the 80s - UK top 40 hit singles that you probably haven’t heard in a while. My clues to the first were that this

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The most dangerous stretch of road in Essex? – Feelgood Saturday 1st October

The most dangerous stretch of road in Essex? – Feelgood Saturday 1st October

Alan Johnson October 1, 2011 0

I was joined this morning by Alfie Swan, proprietor of Billericay’s BDC Driving School, to discuss the A127/A176 interchange in the Noak Hill Road and Upper Mayne area, near the Hollywood-style “Basildon” sign. Since the

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Hearing only bad news on the radio… – Feelgood Saturday 24th September

Hearing only bad news on the radio… – Feelgood Saturday 24th September

Alan Johnson September 24, 2011 0

Elliot caught up live this morning with the Martyr’s Walk taking place in the centre of Brentwood to commemorate the final days and hours of William Hunter, the “Boy Martyr” who organiser of the

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Human trafficking and Brentwood’s boy martyr – Feelgood Saturday 17th September

Human trafficking and Brentwood’s boy martyr – Feelgood Saturday 17th September

Alan Johnson September 17, 2011 0

Elliot and I were joined this morning by Sarah Bell and Garry Smith, who are launching a new group next week to help the fight against human trafficking. Active Communities against Trafficking is a

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Remembering 9/11 – Feelgood Saturday 10th September

Remembering 9/11 – Feelgood Saturday 10th September

Alan Johnson September 10, 2011 1

This morning we invited you to share your memories of 9/11 - where you were when you heard the news, how the events of that day affected you personally and how you think the

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Molly’s home!

Molly’s home!

Alan Johnson September 3, 2011 1

A happy ending to the story we featured on this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – Molly, the cocker spaniel who was stolen from Mountnessing, has been reunited with her owner! It was great that Phoenix

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Have you seen Molly? – Feelgood Saturday 3rd September

Have you seen Molly? – Feelgood Saturday 3rd September

Alan Johnson September 3, 2011 1

I chatted this morning with Jayne Hayes, founder of an organisation called DogLost which has helped reunite an amazing 11,000 missing and stolen dogs which their owners in just 8 years. DogLost is run

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Acceptable in the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 27th August

Acceptable in the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 27th August

Alan Johnson August 27, 2011 0

One of Phoenix FM’s newest voices, Elliot Smith, joined me this morning, and did a great job reading the Events Guide and generally helping me keep the show on the straight and narrow! Bank Holiday Monday

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Berserk not just around Hylands Park! Feelgood Saturday 20th August

Berserk not just around Hylands Park! Feelgood Saturday 20th August

Alan Johnson August 20, 2011 1

My clue to this morning’s Stuck in a moment challenge was that this song did what its title suggested*: My cryptic Where am I? clue to a location somewhere in our area was “berserk drivers

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Feelgood Saturday – 13 August 2011

Feelgood Saturday – 13 August 2011

Ed Wellman August 18, 2011 0

It was fun sitting in for Alan Johnson on the Feelgood Saturday show this last weekend. Rain, wind and generally rubbish it was on the outside, but in the studio we did our best

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Cars and girls and a beatboxing Councillor – Feelgood Saturday 6th August

Cars and girls and a beatboxing Councillor – Feelgood Saturday 6th August

Alan Johnson August 6, 2011 0

I chatted this morning with Keith Playell from Skidmarques about their Ladies’ Motoring Event next Wednesday. Keith explained the idea behind the evening, and also gave some useful tips for the guys as well

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Victorian Billericay – Feelgood Saturday 30th July

Victorian Billericay – Feelgood Saturday 30th July

Alan Johnson July 30, 2011 0

We heard today from prolific local author and historian Frances Clamp talking recently on Bygones about the 19th century workhouse in Billericay: This morning’s Stuck in a moment clue was that this song has been covered

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Even more wind than usual! Feelgood Saturday 23rd July

Even more wind than usual! Feelgood Saturday 23rd July

Alan Johnson July 23, 2011 0

My clue to this morning’s Stuck in a moment challenge was that this artist’s current album features previously released songs*:  My cryptic Where am I? clue to a location somewhere in our area was

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The connection between Madness, a 16th century composer and our area – Feelgood Saturday 16th July

The connection between Madness, a 16th century composer and our area – Feelgood Saturday 16th July

Alan Johnson July 16, 2011 0

We heard this morning from prolific local author and historian Frances Clamp talking last week on Bygones about the history of the St Andrews Centre in Billericay: This morning’s Stuck in a moment clue was

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Brentwood Matters!

Brentwood Matters!

Alan Johnson July 9, 2011 2

You can now listen to interviews from the day here: A number of local organisations came together today for the Essex Watch and Community Safety Partnership Brentwood Matters celebration of “community cohesion” in front of the Baytree

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Feelgood Saturday 2nd July

Feelgood Saturday 2nd July

Alan Johnson July 2, 2011 1

I was joined this morning by George Adey, who shares his insights in George’s World every fortnight on Michelle Ward’s Eat my Lunch, along with Andrew, a fellow member of Brentwood’s Trinity Church, to talk

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Feelgood Saturday 25th June

Feelgood Saturday 25th June

Alan Johnson June 25, 2011 1

I had a very lively and interesting chat this morning with Colin Freeman, from Essex Watch and Neighbourhood Watch, who, as members of the Brentwood Community Safety Partnership, are organising a celebration of community cohesion on

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Feelgood Saturday 18th June

Feelgood Saturday 18th June

Alan Johnson June 18, 2011 0

I was joined this morning by former England & Essex bowler, John Lever MBE, Player Manager of the Lashings World XI, along with Brentwood Cricket Club Chairman Paul Webb. Dave Turner also dropped in from

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Feelgood Saturday 11th June

Feelgood Saturday 11th June

Alan Johnson June 11, 2011 0

I chatted this morning with Jean Wilson, Chairman of Brentwood Operatic Society. Jean talked about their forthcoming production of Guys & Dolls at Brentwood Theatre, about how they’re always pleased to talk to anyone who

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Feelgood Saturday 4th June

Feelgood Saturday 4th June

Alan Johnson June 4, 2011 0

This morning’s Stuck in a moment clue was that this late 70s song was inspired by the Troubles in Northern Ireland*: My cryptic Where am I? clue to a location somewhere in our area

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Feelgood Saturday 28th May

Feelgood Saturday 28th May

Alan Johnson May 28, 2011 0

We heard this morning from prolific local author and historian Frances Clamp talking recently on Scott Ross’ Tuesday afternoon Bygones about the shooting down during the First World War of a German Zeppelin airship

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Feelgood Saturday 21st May

Feelgood Saturday 21st May

Alan Johnson May 21, 2011 0

I was joined this morning by Brentwood based personal trainer Gabby Clarke, who spoke passionately about her understanding of the relationships between a healthy mind and a healthy body. We also chatted about her regular Prams

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Feelgood Saturday 14th May

Feelgood Saturday 14th May

Alan Johnson May 14, 2011 1

I had a chat this morning with Sylvia Kent, a governor of Billeriacy’s Cater Museum, about their spring garden day. Sylvia said the museum always makes for a great visit, and talked about some

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Feelgood Saturday 7th May

Feelgood Saturday 7th May

Alan Johnson May 7, 2011 0

This morning’s Stuck in a moment clue was that the title of this song is a commonly used text abbreviation*: My cryptic Where am I? clue to a location somewhere in our area was

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Feelgood Saturday 30th April – Frontline – promoting inclusion for all

Feelgood Saturday 30th April – Frontline – promoting inclusion for all

Alan Johnson April 30, 2011 0

It was a pleasure this morning to be joined by Kelly and Jo from Frontline Partnership, an organisation based in Brentwood which promotes inclusion and supports people with learning disabilities and high support needs

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Feelgood Saturday 23rd April – Morris Men and the Mayor

Feelgood Saturday 23rd April – Morris Men and the Mayor

Alan Johnson April 23, 2011 0

I had a brief chat this morning with Ken Smith, one of Billericay’s Mayflower Morris Men, about their St George’s Day celebrations. Ken said that they’re always keen to welcome new members – although,

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Feelgood Saturday 16th April – Back to the 50s

Feelgood Saturday 16th April – Back to the 50s

Alan Johnson April 16, 2011 1

I was joined this morning by Julie Jive & the Bigshots, a 5 piece band from Essex who perform swinging, rocking and jiving music from the 1950s. They did three songs live, and also

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Feelgood Saturday 9th April

Feelgood Saturday 9th April

Alan Johnson April 9, 2011 0

This morning’s Stuck in a moment clue was that this song was based on a mash-up of two others, one of which was by this artist*: My cryptic Where am I? clue to a

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Feelgood Saturday 2nd April – Looking forward to Sunday night!

Feelgood Saturday 2nd April – Looking forward to Sunday night!

Alan Johnson April 2, 2011 0

Everyone at Phoenix FM is looking forward to our latest Fundraiser tomorrow night at Brentwood Theatre – the last one was a really good night, and this one promises to be too! Whilst out

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Feelgood Saturday 26th March – Happy Birthday to Us!

Feelgood Saturday 26th March – Happy Birthday to Us!

Alan Johnson March 26, 2011 2

We’re all in party mood today, celebrating Phoenix FM’s 4th birthday - which was actually on Wednesday. Amongst other famous people we share our birthday with is 4 minute mile runner Roger Bannister, who

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Feelgood Saturday 19th March – Lactic Rush

Feelgood Saturday 19th March – Lactic Rush

Alan Johnson March 19, 2011 0

This morning I chatted with Tracey Alexandrou, organiser of the Lactic Rush taking place at the Secret Nuclear Bunker near Kelvedon Hatch on 15th May. Tracey, who’s a personal fitness trainer, has designed and

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Brentwood Fairtrade Festival

Brentwood Fairtrade Festival

Alan Johnson March 12, 2011 0

Following last week’s chat with Malcolm Burgess from the Brentwood Fairtrade Campaign Group, today saw the culmination of Fairtrade Fortnight, with the group hosting a Festival in the High Street to raise awareness of

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5th March 2011 – Remus and Fairtrade – two excellent local groups

5th March 2011 – Remus and Fairtrade – two excellent local groups

Alan Johnson March 5, 2011 0

Fran Smith popped in from the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary near Ingatestone. Fran talked about the Sanctuary’s tremendous work caring for various animals – not just horses – who have been victims of abuse

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26th February 2011 – A joined up show!

26th February 2011 – A joined up show!

Alan Johnson February 26, 2011 0

Mark Reed joined us live from Brentwood Theatre to talk about the seed swap taking place this morning to raise funds to help regenerate the sensory garden in King George’s Park. Mark also spoke

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12th February 2011 – Songs for Valentines – but no slush!

12th February 2011 – Songs for Valentines – but no slush!

Alan Johnson February 12, 2011 0

As it’s Valentine’s Day on Monday I played a couple of songs to get in the mood, but nothing too slushy – a lot of dance music songs, such as Fragma’s Everytime you need

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5th February 2011 – A courageous curate, a cocktail and a legal battle surrounding a doll!

5th February 2011 – A courageous curate, a cocktail and a legal battle surrounding a doll!

Alan Johnson February 5, 2011 0

Local author Frances Clamp talked about how a 19th century fire in Brentwood High Street could have affected the course of the history of southern Africa, when the Curate of St Thomas’ Church risked

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29th January 2011 – Remembering a “mad” scientist

29th January 2011 – Remembering a “mad” scientist

Alan Johnson January 29, 2011 0

My clue to the Stuck in a moment quiz was that  the artist had previously been a member of one of the most successful boy bands of the early 2000s.* My cryptic Where am

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22nd January 2011 – Teenage idealism & a game of draughts

22nd January 2011 – Teenage idealism & a game of draughts

Alan Johnson January 22, 2011 0

Local author Frances Clamp talked about 16th century Brentwood Protestant martyr William Hunter. Frances joins Scott Ross every Tuesday afternoon on Phoenix FM between 2 and 3. My clues to the Stuck in a

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15th January 2011 – Big hair, cheesy music and romantic comedy

15th January 2011 – Big hair, cheesy music and romantic comedy

Alan Johnson January 15, 2011 0

Ian Southgate from Brentwood Operatic Society took time out of his busy schedule to talk about their production of the Wedding Singer next week at Brentwood Theatre. Ian’s playing the part of Glenn, a

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8th January 2011 – from Stone Yard to Baker Street

8th January 2011 – from Stone Yard to Baker Street

Alan Johnson January 8, 2011 0

Local author Frances Clamp talked about the history of the site that is now Stone Yard in Western Gardens, Brentwood. Frances joins Scott Ross every Tuesday afternoon on Phoenix FM between 2 and 3.

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