Despite being one of HRR’s younger volunteers (joining in April 2010 while studying towards his A-Levels at Highdown School & Sixth Form Centre) Jonathan quickly made his mark at the station. Originally part of the Wednesday evening “Record Requests” team – which won a national Hospital Broadcasting Award in 2013 as “Best Programme with Multiple Presenters” (now there’s an award title that trips easily off the tongue – Ed) – he moved on to take charge of the Wednesday crew and also fancies himself as a newsreader (!). Jonathan has also proven himself as something of a technical whiz-kid and is often to be found beavering about the studios behind the scenes in his other capacity as HRR’s Studio Manager.
Jonathan was born and raised in Reading and describes himself as Berkshire through and through. And in fact he’s following in his father’s footsteps as his dad, Wally, volunteered with HRR in the 1970s. Jonathan’s aim is to one day present a radio show on local radio (so no, he doesn’t aim very high at all!) and says his claim to fame is driving the desk at BBC Radio Berkshire for Lynn Parsons and Debbie McGee, as well as meeting Henry Kelly there, whilst on work experience in 2007.
Despite being of the S Club generation his heart really lies with older music such as The Beatles or The Who, but he is also partial to a bit of Take That at times (“but who isn’t?”).