Presenter - Peter Thomas
1. What time is your time slot and what does your session consist of? (segments, types of music, serials etc)
Mondays 11am – 2pm
During my three hours on-air I present music that has been recorded and performed by a large number and wide range of singers and musicians many of which are standards belonging to the canon of the most influential and popular music of the 20th century.
Most Mondays I have a nostalgic theme, e.g. “Department Stores of YesterYear’ where I seek to engage the radio audience to participate by sharing memories. My program assistant in reception takes listener’s phone calls and their memories are relayed to me in the studio where I acknowledge them on-air. If music to illustrate the theme can be sourced it too becomes an important part of the program mix. The combination of memorable music and listener’s sharing a longing for long-gone moments fits the Golden Days Radio goal of music and memories in perfect harmony. For variety ‘Hot, Sweet & Jazzy’, a 30-minute feature program of eclectic mix of jazz classics follows the midday news.
2. How did you first connect with GDR?
Having recently retired from a life-time in radio and television I was an inveterate dial twister so naturally when I landed on 95.7FM I was intrigued and delighted by a program format that presented music that was unavailable elsewhere. I listened for a few years before I finally took the plunge and contacted the station to see if my experience could be of assistance.
3. Why did you want to be a presenter?
Having been on-air in the broadcast industry since I was a young man it was only natural for me to seek out a presenting role in retirement. Some retirees play golf, I have returned to my passion! Although like all the volunteer presenters here at Golden Days Radio I am a Senior I still have a lot to learn about broadcast arts and core radio communication skills.
4. What experience do you want to give your listeners?
I want to engage each listener so that s/he feels genuinely connected to the music and to the presentation. If every listener has the experience that we are communicating one-to-one and by doing so appreciates that they are an important part of the Golden Days Radio community, we have accomplished our communication’s task. When a listener feels ownership of the program and of the station we have done our job!
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