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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 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

Friday Night Extra 22.2.19 with SAXSAFI

Click here to listen again: We had a musical treat tonight. SAXAFI, with a blend of voice and saxophone performed read more

Friday Night Extra 15.2.19 with Sophie Griffiths

Sophie Griffiths joined us in the studio to talk about her new single ‘Beauty’ released today. She spoke about her inspiration read more

Friday Night Extra 8.2.19 with Eve Rodgers from Christians Against Poverty.

Eve Rodgers told us about the new Brentwood Christians Against Poverty, one of over 300 branches of this organisation across read more

Friday Night Extra 1.2.19. 60s special.

We had a special show tonight featuring mainly music from the 1960s. 12 year old Amy, who read the weather read more

Friday Night Extra 25.1.19 with guests Head Girl & Head Boy from Margaretting C. of E. Primary school.

  Daria and Kaleb, with headteacher Máira O’Regan from Margaretting C. of E. Primary school told us about the Baby read more

Friday Night Extra with guest Paul Hamilton

Paul talked about his love of Karate. He came to the studio wearing his suit having just taught a class read more

Friday Night Extra 11.1.19 with guest Peter Ruck

My guest this evening was Brentwood-based evangelist Peter Ruck who was talking about his book ‘Passing the Baton’. The book, read more

Friday Night Extra 4.1.19 Showing some appreciation

Tonight we focussed on artists we lost from the world of music recently and showed appreciation for their music. This read more

Friday Night Extra 28.12.18 The 4th day of Christmas

Tonight we continued our Christmas celebrations. It was the birthday of John Legend, 40 today. We looked at the chart read more

What Christmas means to me. Boxing Day morning 18 with Sophie & Will from Breaking 3.

Sophie and Will from Breaking 3 were my studio guests performing live just after 11 o’clock. Their numbers were Rocking read more

Friday Night Extra 21.12.18 with guest Tom Page singing carols.

Tom Page returned to the show to sing carols and Christmas song, accompanying himself on his ukulele. He sang Rudolph read more

Friday Night Extra 14.12.18 Just good music.

No guests tonight so we played lots of good music. We featured the new Christmas album from John Legend. Also read more

Friday Night Extra 7.12.18 with Marina Bottelli-Price

It was great to welcome back Marina, not singing this time but talking about her new book, ‘My light in read more

Friday Night Extra 30.11.18 with Bishop Stephen Cottrell.

  Bishop Stephen talked about his two new books. Striking out is about his month-long pilgrimage to northern Spain on the read more

Friday Night Extra 23.11.18 with Simon Law & Keith Dixon from Plankton Records.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this independent Christian record label, founder Simon came in to sing and chat. Keith read more

Friday Night Extra 16.11.18 with guest Bishop John, the Bishop of Bradwell.

Bishop John has been Bishop of Bradwell for four months. Born and educated in south India, he was a student read more

Friday Night Extra 9.11.18 WW1 special with guest local historian Robert Fletcher

Ingatestone historian Robert joined us tonight and gave a fascinating insight into how WW1 impacted the community in Ingatestone. Over read more

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