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The Winter 2019/20 Edition of The Derbeian Magazine, a magazine about all things Derby, past and present that also doubles up as a useful, local business directory


THE Derbeian | Winter 2019/20 James Watt is the presenter and creative force behind The James Watt Sunday Show on BBC Radio Derby, maybe the liveliest Sunday show on the dial. It’s an evolving show which takes twists and turns through James’ and his listeners’ imaginations every week. But who is this radio maverick? James started his career on a pirate radio ship called The Voice of Peace, think Radio Caroline, but sunnier! It was based 3 miles off the coast of Tel Aviv. The idea was to bring peace to the middle east by playing pop music! James’ love of the sea continued as a DJ on cruise ships travelling the world, part of his job was to dance with ladies… yes this was part of the job spec. Other fun adventures include a year starting up a radio station in Malta, broadcasting live from Bermuda, and many years as the Breakfast radio DJ on Forces radio in Germany and in The Balkans! plus a Europe wide phone in show for them too. He beat Chris Evans to a New York Radio Award for Best Breakfast Show during this time. Back in the UK James spent many years continuing as a late night phone in host on commercial radio, 4 hours nightly talking about everything and anything could happen, and often did! He also continued his success with another New York Award for his Breakfast Show and did the show from New York for a week. In-between radio shows James sails his yacht in the Northern Netherlands, a place little visited by most Brits – but the Dutch are good at water and wind, so ideal for sailor types. James used to teach sailing in Greece. He has also owned a narrowboat and travelled across Britain in it. Chances are you will have heard James on stations the length and breadth of the country, but Derbyshire has become a real radio home for Watty. “The Derbeians really get my sense of humour, and we work well together”. James is very happy that BBC Radio Derby allows him to explore ideas and run with them. Very few radio stations have the vision to let this happen - maybe this is why it flies so high in the ratings. James thinks it’s the only radio show to have its own Fanzine. The show features The Watt 4 – a music chart made with the help of listeners on a subject of the day and The Happy Half Hour. Any subject is up for discussion, from Red Trouser Sunday, where does the sky start – can you touch it? and should you eat wobbly food? We also discover the crazy characters in Derbyshire, and all over the world through the internet.. THE JAMES WATT RADIO SHOW Sunday 9am – 1pm 10 | BBC Radio Derby

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