Meet the enthusiastic and friendly team behind Nevis Radio. We currently have two staff and about 50 volunteers committed to making the station the best it can be!
Simon Abberley- Sustainability & Development Manager
Simon is the Sustainability Manager at the station and also hosts the Breakfast Show Monday to Friday (he now regrets telling us he doesn’t mind getting up early). When he’s not working, you can find him on the local DJ scene, doing geeky things with his phone, reading the manual of things we think we may have broken at the station and messing around on his mixing desks.
If you’ve got any questions about how the station is run, advertising your business or any feedback for Nevis Radio- you can email Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to acknowledge the support we received from OFCOM to fund this post.
Esme Leitch- Advertising Sales Officer & Assistant
Esme is one of the youngest presenters at Nevis Radio and one of two paid staff at the station. When she’s not answering emails, or doing the afternoon show, Esme loves running, finding songs she hasn’t heard before, hanging out with her dog, teaching drama and a good Fort William night out.
If you have any questions about Nevis Radio, getting involved, advertising or a video of baby goats wearing pyjamas that she hasn’t seen- give her an email on email@example.com
John Weller- Chairman/ Head of Music/Presenter
John is a self-employed builder and child of the sixties. John holds the roles of Chairman and Head of Music at Nevis Radio as well as being a presenter where he presents Drive Time twice a week and co-hosts the Country Show on Wednesday evenings with his wife Pam. He also presents four hours of great music released before the year 2000 on Saturday mornings. Aside from loving many kinds of music, his passions include 10 pin bowling, live gigs and photography. In his spare time, he helps organise the annual Lochaber Agricultural Show, and organising the ten pin bowling leagues at the Nevis Centre.
If you have any questions regarding the music we play at the station or are an artist/record label with music for us- give John an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick Welch- Director/Presenter
Mick’s spent much of his working life driving big vehicles even bigger distances but now works in the beautiful Glen Nevis, which luckily for us means he can volunteer at Nevis Radio. He loves the music of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s but isn’t afraid of a chart hit or two and always game for requests.
Eileen Ross- Director/Presenter
Eileen has been volunteering at Nevis Radio for nearly two decades and now hosts the “Rock Off” on Friday nights. She is a very proud granny, has three lovely children and loves music, reading and everything outdoorsy. Eileen says the phrase “act your age not your shoe size” is nonsense and has no intent of doing so- we’re not sure how this works with her job at the local college!
Ian Langley- Director/Presenter
Ian Langley moved to Lochaber with his late wife Irene 3 ½ years ago from Devon and joined the team early in 2017 with his Sunday Swing Session between 9 and 11pm. Ian is a Kentish Man, having been born West of the River Medway, and has since lived in many different parts of the UK before finally moving to Scotland with his Management Consultancy business . Ian has also served with 3 Fire Brigades in UK and did 17 years’ service with HM Coastguard. In Lochaber Ian is involved with the Royal British Legion Scotland Branch, Community Rail Partnership, Lochaber Town Pipe Band, The Men’s Shed, Glenfinnan Station Museum, Cruise Ship Visits and still supplies Free Range Eggs from the end of the driveway to his home in memory of Irene who started their ‘Rescue-Hen’ egg enterprise when they first arrived in Lochaber.
Fiona McCormick- Vice Chair/Presenter
Music (from all genres and eras) is one of Fiona’s passions, and being able to indulge this while being part of the Nevis Radio team is fantastic. She is also delighted to have the opportunity to bring a wealth of business administration experience to Nevis Radio through her role on the Board of Directors.When not doing ‘radio stuff’, Fiona works full time, enjoys spending time with her family, motorsports, and being creative – she confesses to being a ‘geeky Aurora hunter’, and can sometimes be found in random dark locations at night with her camera, trying to take pictures of the sky.Fiona’s regular slot is the Saturday Breakfast show between 8am and 10am, though she can occasionally be heard in the airwaves covering other shows. If you want to get in touch, her email address is email@example.com
Lachie can remember the days of black and white television and only one channel, and is one of the longest serving volunteers at the station. He puts his love of the radio and music down to not being allowed to stay up with the grown-ups, so resorted to the solid state transistor radio under his pillow.He would describe his show “The Hoolie” as one that breaks most musical barriers, playing an eclectic mixture that embraces all sorts of music and has been referred as a sort of Twilight Zone meets the Old Grey Whistle Test but never old and never grey.
Jean was brought up in the wilds of Rannoch Moor and spent her youth tryingto tune in to Radio Luxembourg, attending the famous Bridge of Orchy ceilidhs and ski-ing at Glencoe where she was Glencoe Junior Champion at the tender age of 15 – beating all the boys! After working her way around the world teaching ski-ing, snowboarding and as a holiday rep for a major holiday company, she’s now back and has been presenting Tuesday Drive Time for over a year. Her taste is very eclectic, spanning from Traditional Scottish to current chart hits.
Mrs W – the better half of John Weller is the producer and artistic director for Country Trax on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9. Country Trax brings you the latest in country music from here in the UK all the way to Nashville and beyond.
Proud highland girl Jo has been involved in Nevis Radio since its humble beginning back in the 90’s and is always keen to help in any way she can- from chairing meetings to cleaning the toilets. When she’s not presenting the Americana show on a Wednesday or at work, she can be found curling, jogging unconvincingly, drinking good red wine or having a blether.
Brad presents the Soundtrack to Infinity show each Wednesday from 10 pm until midnight. The show tends to feature lots of new music from many different genres, and often from independent not-for-profit labels or artist self-releases. He believes that there are many incredible talents out there that are so often overlooked, and aims to try to bring some of that to you.
John the Prof
Nevis Radio legend, John the Prof is well known in the Traditional Scottish circles. As a performing fiddle player, compare and a member of Nairn & District Pipe Band – John knows good highland music! Now retired from his life-long work with the Scottish Ambulance Service, John has time to provide us with ceilidh show “The Highland Fling” every fortnight.
Ian is a minister of the Church of Scotland, a musician (piano and organ) a writer and a broadcaster. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and Trinity College and The London College of Music. For several years he presented his own music show on Moray Firth Radio when he was based at Nairn Old Parish Church and also he contributed regularly to “Reflections” on Grampian Television. In addition he regularly writes the “Manse Window” feature for the “People’s Friend” magazine. He thoroughly enjoys compiling and producing his “Sunday Serenade” music show for Nevis Radio, which is made up of a wide variety of music and song including Scottish, show tunes, film music, light classical, spirituals and easy listening.
Carol is from Dublin and has lived in Fort William for nine years. She has been part of Nevis Radio team for four years and took over the Sunday Morning Breakfast show when Jean Lafferty retired after twenty years of service to the station. Carol has a passion for all things Christian, especially for music. She is an active online Christian blogger and loves sharing on the faith with the listeners every Sunday morning. Carol also loves the outdoors and doing what she can to keep fit.
Robert has been part of the Nevis Radio team since day one and still amazes us with his knowledge of country music. As a successful song writer himself ‘West Coast Cowboy’ Robert has many connections in the country scene and regularly interviews big names. Robert also wins the prize for the volunteer with the longest commute to the station with the 84 mile roundtrip he makes every Sunday for his show.
Peter is one half of Sunday night’s Jazz Odyssey team and can be heard helping out occasionally on the Kinlochlovin’ Drive Time. When not behind the mic, he teaches at Ardnamurchan and spends a disproportionate amount of his time helping out South Lochaber Thistle football cub and pandering to the whims of a truculent Labrador and a dyspeptic dachshund.
Rebecca likes to keep a low profile and was hoping to be able to contribute as a volunteer without being seen. Thankfully she doesn’t mind being heard. She is the taxi driver for the Kinlochlovin’ Drive Time team and is one half of the Jazz Odyssey on Sunday nights.
Andrew Craig is from Spean Bridge just 8 miles from Fort William where the station is based. Andrew is a DJ/Producer that goes under the name of PARJAY. He has performed in Zante and had his records in the HMV stores at 19. The rising artist joined Nevis Radio as a volunteer to bring a fresh new sound of dance music which he specializes in on his 9pm – 11pm Friday Night Dance Show.
You might remember Sean on Nevis Radio presenting In demand along with other shows that he stepped in for. Originally joined the station in March 2000 at the age of 14 but has returned in 2017 slightly older. You can hear him back in the mix on Saturday nights this time from 8-10pm.
A bit of a Burrach in its early days was called a “Bit of Fun”. Oliver was ably assisted by Justin Case and his son CD, Rhoddy Dendron the local gardener and the French explorer Toloose Le trek! It changed its name to a Bit of a Burrach to cover the odd mistake and the huge range of music played, from blues to drum and bass. The programme was once described as adventurous, brilliant, clever, discerning, eventful, fun, glam, hungry, (I think that’s enough – Ed!) Curious? You should tune in for the piece on the half hour. For example Oliver’s weekly thought. “Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.” He looks forward to your company.
Viv finds herself surprised and delighted each time she is on the radio. Doing a tekkie spot about all aspects of digital technology and other time playing music while wittering suits her very well.
The oldest presenter on Nevis Radio, Belle is celebrating 21 years of voluntary service to the station. She likes all kinds of music especially Scottish, Gaelic, Country and is a fan of the Sixties. She is well known in the community and brings laughter to many situations. Some of Belle’s happiest moments have been doing outside broadcasts at agricultural shows and school fun days. She likes meeting people and makes everyone welcome.
Linda has produced and presented on Nevis Radio for over 20 years and is always ready to cover for other presenters. Linda likes all kinds of music. One of her memorable outside broadcasts was covering the Upper Achintore Primary School Fun day when she was told she had to take part in an assault course, being not a sporty person but willing to do anything for a laugh she did and got stuck under a camouflage net!!
Behind the Scenes Team
| Jenny Welch