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It’s goodbye from me…

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After seven wonderful years I’ve taken the incredibly difficult decision to take a break from regular presenting on Phoenix and hand over the Feelgood Saturday to someone who’ll bring some freshness and exciting new ideas to Saturday mornings.

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of giving an airing to some amazing people; some made fleeting appearances, others became regular guests. It wouldn’t seem right to single anyone out as particular favourites as each one helped create a programme that has been a very special part of my life, but if you’re one of those who contributed I simpy take the opportunity to thank you.

For my final show I allowed myself a bit of self-indulgence, with some of the songs from the past seven years that I’ve personally particularly enjoyed – some with a special relevance, but most simply tunes that clicked with me for no explicable reason. Amongst them was the song from which my final Word Up! lyric teaser came:

All along, I knew I had something special with you;

But sometimes you just gotta know that these things fall through – I can’t hide my connection with you.*

Phoenix is a great radio station and having the opportunity to broadcast each week has been not only a pleasure but a privilege, for which I’m grateful to Paul Golder – our founder and Chairman – as well as my good friend Steve Robertson, who persuaded me to get involved back in 2010. Whilst I have mixed feelings about leaving Feelgood Saturday I’m delighted to be continuing my support for and invlovement with the station, and hope to be back on air from time to time catching up with friends old and new.

In the meantime, if you’ve enjoyed the show on any level – whether as someone who’s occasionally tuned in, a regular listener or a follower of this show page – thank you!

Please join Naomi Sayers as she takes over the programme; she’ll be great. If Naomi gets a fraction of the pleasure and satisfaction from it that I’ve done she’ll be be very happy.

*Word Up! was Never forget you by MNEK and Zara Larsson:

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