Managers

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Adam Till

Managing Director


I got into rock music (or should say I fell in love with the scene) when I was seventeen years old, I used to be into the club underground scene when ‘Prodigy, the Jilted Generation album first came out. The first Metal Track that I ever listened to was Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”… I played it over and over again, I couldn’t get enough of it, think it was being pumped in to my veins! After that I started listening to other Rock/Metal & Grunge Music

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Keith Baldwin

Head Of Radio Presenters


The Blues is not the easiest thing to define in my book as it is more about an attitude than just a style of playing and many many bands associated with many genres have included Blues songs in their repertoire. I love exploring The Blues from wherever it originates and can't wait to share my favourite tracks with others. I am also in a band myself and I get a real buzz out of playing live. Happiest when playing guitar. So happy that there is still so much music

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Stephanie Ingram

Head Press Officer


My Influences always date back to my childhood,Mainly being Led Zeppelin,Trex and Black Sabbath.My life has always been revolved around music,gig's,watching my family play in bands and supporting the local music scene.I have done promoting in the past putting on gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.I love gigs,festivals and nothing more than kicking back with a good vinyl and a drink with friends



Press Department

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Tina Culbertson

Press Officer


I was 9 years old when I discovered rock music, sitting in my living room (probably playing My Little Pony) when I heard this amazing sound coming from the TV, it was 1987 and Def Leppard were performing their hit single 'Animal' on a weekly chart show called 'The Roxy'. I got up and stood right in front of the TV the whole time they were on. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears, the long hair, ripped jeans, twin guitars and even a one armed drummer!

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Cerys McHugh

Press Officer


My music taste transcends genre. However, I always find myself returning to Rock and Metal - they will always have a place in my heart. My love of Rock and Metal began in my teenage years, when I was listening to anything from grunge to nu-metal and pop punk, and attending so many gigs I have lost count! I have a deep appreciation of the classics, as well as newer artists. My current favourite artists include Deftones, Alice in Chains, Spiritbox and Movements.

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Caz Parker

Press Officer


My biggest teenage crush was rock and metal, and I never got over it. Age 13 I began my now vast vinyl, cassette and CD collection with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Skid Row, Thunder, Y&T, DIO, Queensryche and White Lion. I discovered new music from Tommy Vance on Radio 1’s Rock Show and from rock nights at my local boozer, and I bought EVERYTHING. Classic Rock and Heavy Metal are still my best loved, but I’m also into Alternative and even some Prog.

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Stephanie Ingram

Head Press Officer


My Influences always date back to my childhood,Mainly being Led Zeppelin,Trex and Black Sabbath.My life has always been revolved around music,gig's,watching my family play in bands and supporting the local music scene.I have done promoting in the past putting on gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.I love gigs,festivals and nothing more than kicking back with a good vinyl and a drink with friends


Radio Shows

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RIP Tony Heare 10.10.56 - 30.09.21

Radio Presenter


'I grew up with classic British rock in the early Seventies, bands like Purple, Sabbath and Zeppelin. Deep Purple's 'In Rock' was the album that really got me into this type of music and my first real gig was seeing the Coverdale/Hughes version of the band in 1974. Many years later, after punk and hair metal had come and gone, I went to my first festival at Donington in 1991, seeing the likes of Metallica and AC/DC in a live environment. That convinced me to try my hand at radio'

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Steve Gould

Radio Presenter


Born, Birmingham 1957. Quite late getting into music, as parents weren’t that bothered, most of my childhood was spent listening to Music For Pleasure albums (75p from Wollies boys ‘n girls !!) – “Geoff Love and his Orchestra Play Big War Movie Themes” ‘n all that shit….. Then, Secondary school I was introduced to “Pictures At An Exhibition” by ELP – blew my mind, have been a Prog Head ever since…

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Keith Baldwin

Radio Presenter


The Blues is not the easiest thing to define in my book as it is more about an attitude than just a style of playing and many many bands associated with many genres have included Blues songs in their repertoire. I love exploring The Blues from wherever it originates and can't wait to share my favourite tracks with others. I am also in a band myself and I get a real buzz out of playing live. Happiest when playing guitar. So happy that there is still so much music

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Steve Webb

Radio Presenter


I discovered rock/alt music as a young lad of 13, and I am still enjoying the ride today! I became a DJ/Promoter in the Brum rock scene mid to late 80s and am part of the crew responsible for many great clubs/bars including the original Edwards no 8, XLs, Xposure Rock Café& Ramshackle at Carling Academy. Eventually ending up in London working in marketing at great venues like O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Forum Kentish Town as part of AMG. Musically my taste is now incredibly diverse but there will always be a big place in my heart for the world of rock n roll!


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Sara Whizbanger

Radio Presenter


I grew up in the Bay Area, I’m Black Sabbath years old, and I popped out the chute a music enthusiast. Dad was a signature player in The Band That Stopped the War (aka, Country Joe & The Fish), and Mom was an artist eccentric who settled into the Jabberwocky’s melting corners after a decade in the musky art scene of 1950s NYC. My older brothers dragged me to punk shows as early as 1980. Psychedelic relics and old school punk cultivated my taste and broadened my spectrum. If it's doomy, radical, feminist, loud, abrasive, and a little evil for fun, I'm in.

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Andy Shaw

Radio Presenter


From way back in the dim and distant past I have a passion for all things rock & metal and especially for music that tests and explores the extremes of our chosen genre. I have always been interested in new music from around the world especially Death & Black Metal. The music inspires, challenges and affects the listener. From Melodic Black to Slam to Brutal Death, the bands really are exhilarating and always worth a listen. If you ever wanted to try something new, then now is the time, what have you got to loose?

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Skid

Radio Presenter


In June 1978 I was 12, like every Thursday night I started to watch Top of the Pops. This episode was different, so different it changed my life. For on the fateful evening Noel Edmonds introduced the next act on to the show, it was AC/DC playing Rock n Roll Damnation. I still don’t know what it was that grabbed me, but whatever it was it never let go. I became so obsessed that my dad bought me the 7” single that weekend shortly followed by the songs mother album“Powerage”.

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Shutty

Radio Presenter


Grew up in Keighley in West Yorkshire, always liking loud noises and bright lights. On my 15th birthday at a Motorhead gig in Leeds (1st ever gig) I got confirmation that Rock Music played FAST & LOUD and creating chaos, is definitely the way forward in life! Always finding a way to go to as many gigs as possible and learning all about Rock ‘n’ Roll, I got a drum kit in 1983 and hooked up with a couple of like-minded friends to create noise…following a couple of line-up changes ‘Masquerade’, ‘Spoilt Bratz’ became Terrorvision in 1990 and then signed to EMI Records late 1991.


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Oganalp Canatan

Radio Presenter


Let’s see… I toured and made albums with legends like Jon Oliva, Hansi Kursch, Zak Stevens, Tim Ripper Owens and more. I signed deals with major labels. I sang songs on stages to thousands, and I played to friends over a beer or ten. It was always about sharing the passion. A passion started in 1989 with an Iron Maiden album that I liked the artwork and begged my parents to buy the cassette. As I grew older, I became a cat person. But my love to share never changed

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Ash Lynch

Radio Presenter


Born in 1996, I was nothing but trouble as a kid; I never fit in around people I grew up with, who were into rap and football. I grew up listening to rock n roll, watching wrestling, and playing darts. My love of music came from my father; he always had a varied selection of music to flip through. Two albums I came to love were Marilyn Manson’s ‘Lest We Forget’ and Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate Starfish’ and ‘The Hot Dog Flavored Water’.

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Jesse Luscious

Radio Presenter


In 2019 I landed in Britain after living 30 years in California and growing up in Philadelphia on the East Coast of the US. My first concert was Joan Jett with the Ramones opening in 1984 in Philly, and 1986 was my first punk show. Some of my music gigs are being a DJ on KALX Radio in Berkeley for decades and touring the world with punk bands, including my own. I throw all flavors of punk at the listeners like so much rotten, strange fruit!

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Ben Redman

Radio Presenter


1995. A dark time where indie and Brit Pop ruled the radio as fellows in ill-fitting parkas waxed on about champagne. Then a random meeting involving Our Price, some friends, and a bargain bin filled with Megadeth, Metallica, and Senser led me into another world. Twenty-three years later, I’m still there but with added beats from hip hop and electro!


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Adam Thomas

Radio Presenter


My first musical interest was the grunge movement, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc. 1991, I had cassette with Nirvana’s Nevermind on one side, but what a friend put on the other side is what really grabbed me, Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine. Nails were my gateway to discovering the goth and industrial scene, visiting clubs like Underworld, Manchester and Slimelight, London. A few years later I started DJ’ing my own goth /industrial night in my home town Stoke, and later Nottingham. Tune In. Turn On. Burn Out.

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Steve May

Radio Presenter


I've been a Rock lover as far back as the 80's. From discovering Queen as a nipper to trading tapes with secondary school mates - it turned me into an addict. My roots are firmly steeped in Hard Rock and Hair Metal. In 2006 it pushed me to try DJ'ing at various venues and events (including Eddies). 25 years on, I may have shed the hair but I can still wear eyeliner better than your Mom

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Mark Parker

Radio Presenter


I’ve been a DJ since 1979, back then I did a Christmas Party with a Hitachi hifi and I played singles on the turntable and then switched to tape that I had got from grabbing the UK Top 40. Worked for a number of Hospital Radio Stations and did a number of Mobile DJ gigs. Always loved music in all forms. I’m late coming into the Rock Scene but I know what I like anything from Zeppelin to Disturbed and everything in between. However I don’t get Death Metal

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Stephanie Ingram

Radio Presenter


My Influences always date back to my childhood,Mainly being Led Zeppelin,Trex and Black Sabbath.My life has always been revolved around music,gig's,watching my family play in bands and supporting the local music scene.I have done promoting in the past putting on gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.I love gigs,festivals and nothing more than kicking back with a good vinyl and a drink with friends


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Kelvin Williams

Radio Presenter


After watching Def Leppard perform Animal on a music show called The Roxy back in the 80’s I became completely obsessed with the genre. Begging and borrowing albums and cassettes off of friends at school I learned about Motley Crue, aerosmith and Poison to name but a few. 35 years down the line and still can’t get enough rock n roll. With an ever growing passion for new talent I have discovered exciting new bands that deliver the goods of good old fashioned rock.






Reviews Department

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Matthew Brooks

Reviewer


Ever since I was 12 I’ve been in love with all things fast and heavy. The music of Evile changed my life in a way that lead to a burgeoning love of thrash metal. As time has passed I’ve developed my tastes further and now I’m immersing myself in the world of hardcore. If it makes me feel like I can headbutt down a brick wall chances are I’ll love it. Trap Them and Every Time I Die are recent favourites, but I’ll always carry a flame for Machine Head

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Jon E Smoke

Reviewer


John E Smoke should have been born in Wolverhampton but was instead born in Stone which, if you think about it, is a kind of rock. He is proud of his family’s black country roots in the home of heavy metal. Like a lot of people, his first taste of the heavy stuff came from watching top of the pops as a child. The band in question was Iron Maiden and John’s eyes and ears were opened to the world of heavy. His first proper gig was The Almighty in Wolverhampton, quickly followed by Sepultura.

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Karen Clayton

Reviewer


My love affair with all things rock beganas a youngster, listening to music withmy mates, having saved for the latest LP, my introduction was Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and AC/DC, I have never looked back! Those bands still feature in my favourites list, however, I am an avid fan of NWOCR, keen to support the newer bands on the scene, I love finding new music, whether it be new to me or new to everyone. Live music is an absolute passion, so I’m always at a gig!

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Maria Glover

Reviewer


As a teenager I discovered rock through Def Leppard, Guns N Roses and Aerosmith. My tastes have varied over the years (I spent a good deal of time in Indie clubs for several years) and I listen to lots of different styles of music, but I always come back to classic rock n roll as my deep-rooted true love. I’m passionate about continuing the rock scene for years to come and giving new blood bands a good shot, so you’ll find me hanging out at local bars and clubs rather than arenas, and being a short arse I’m usually at the front.


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Rachel Sandford

Head Of Reviews Admin


I'm Rachel. Rock and metal music was something I got into as soon as I heard it at about 11 years old. This led to my entire teen years being spent at shows (bless my mother for coming with me when I was too young to go), and at pigeon park and teenculture (my fellow brummies will hopefully understand me here). I've seen everything from Lamb Of God, to Nightwish, to All Time Low, to Nickelback, and I love it all

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Matt Noble

Reviewer


I first heard Black Sabbath, a band I share a birthplace with, when I was 13. They scared the life out of me, but I was hooked. My favourite bands these days are Mastodon, Baroness, Conjurer, Sleep, Trivium, Boss Keloid and Alice in Chains, but I always have time for the Iommian riffs that captivated me as a young boy. When I'm not at gigs or promoting bands for the Diaries of Doom YouTube channel, all my free time goes towards writing and performing my own bands' music.

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MJ

Reviewer


My rock and metal journey started when I was very young; from my Dad’s music taste I inherited the love for Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rainbow. I then discovered the Guitar Hero games and dipped my toe into some heavier bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and Black Label Society. Nowadays it’s all about Thrash/Black/Death metal for me! Give me Slayer, Power Trip or Emperor any day of the week and I’m set. Swing by radio show to get a masterclass in all things fast, heavy and loud!

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Diane Davies

Reviewer


From an early age it was Rock that spun on my turntable mainly Sabbath , Zeppelin and Purple . As my Album collection grew , so did the urge to see my favourite Bands in concert , before long I was attending gigs far and wide ( I still do !) This led me to writing reviews as Dee Dee for Fanzines in the 1990s , including Ruff Diamond , Splitting Headache and Smokin Dragon and contributing to Brum Beat occasionally . After a long hiatus , just like vinyl , I’m returning to something I love doing !


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Diane Davies

Reviewer


From an early age it was Rock that spun on my turntable mainly Sabbath , Zeppelin and Purple . As my Album collection grew , so did the urge to see my favourite Bands in concert , before long I was attending gigs far and wide ( I still do !) This led me to writing reviews as Dee Dee for Fanzines in the 1990s , including Ruff Diamond , Splitting Headache and Smokin Dragon and contributing to Brum Beat occasionally . After a long hiatus , just like vinyl , I’m returning to something I love doing !

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Courtney Black

Reviewer


I’ve been listening to alternative music my entire life, with my first influences coming from my parents. I’d listen to Aerosmith and Guns N Roses, then years later sitting in my cousin’s car while they played me Evanescence and Good Charlotte. From there I forked out into metal core when I was in year 10. Since I was young I knew music would always be close to me and play a very big role in my life, and so working along side it is more than a dream come true. I now spend most of my time listening to Motionless In White, Rammstein and Architects.

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Karolina Eah Chmal

Reviewer


Metal and I? It's just like night and darkness... Talking of which, brings us to my favourite, most extreme, grimm and controversial subgenre - Black Metal. However, my passion for metal wasn't that utmost in the beginning. As a kid I was looking for something that would match my rebelious soul and then I discovered my dad's cassette collection. I can recall this very moment when for the first time I heard ''Black Magic'' by Slayer. I was thunderstruck and absolutely excited to discover more and more. As I was growing up, I came across different types of rock and metal, to finaly find my beloved one \m/

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Daniel Walton

Reviewer


As a delightful young emo growing up around Birmingham I spent my youth listening to crazy stories of my nan hanging around with classic rock legends like Sabbath, the Killjoys and Wizzard, she took me to my first Sabbath gig, handed me my first vinyl and pushed me into the world of metal. My ‘it’s not a phase’ song will always be Misery Business by Paramore, I enjoy vinyl collecting, metalcore and long midnight walks on a black sandy beach.


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Hannah Weetman

Reviewer


I’m Hannah and have always loved rock. I learnt to play the electric guitar very young and wrote a song called ‘Death’, yes, it was as bad as it sounds. I quickly realised I’m better at listening to music than creating it. I have a love for heavy metal and rock. When I was 17, I decided to get a tattoo dedicated to the legend Ozzy Osbourne which simply says ‘Ozzy’. I was brought up listening to bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, ACDC, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden and my favourite Rush.

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Charlotte Young

Reviewer


It was always clear that my music taste would be widely diverse, with some of my first favourite songs being Eels’ "Beautiful Freak" and Boomtown Rats’ "I Don't Like Mondays”; but regardless, rock music will always be at the centre of my heart. What really captured me however, was live music. Attending my first ever gig at the age of 12 years old (Frank Turner at Manchester's MEN) my world was turned upside down, as a whole new, and enticing reality was revealed to me; and it was from this point that I fell in love and never stopped falling

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Joseph Lomax

Reviewer


The first album I ever bought was Godsmack’s Faceless and I’ve loved rock music ever since. There’s something about a quality guitar riff that brings me an unrivalled joy, and I’m never happier than when I’m watching a band play live. While the roots of my musical taste lie in metal, I’ve since found myself in the realms of alternative/experimental rock and post punk. My all time favourite band are Biffy Clyro, I’m such a fan of their sound progression over the last twenty years.

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Chloe Edwards

Reviewer


Head banging till my hearts content since 2004. I’m a very open minded person when it comes to music, I enjoy listening to all the different genres music has to offer BUT rock has always been the genre I’ve turned to and listened to most since the age of 10. Listening to 50’s-60’s rock to now, admiring the development and changes in the music over the decades and relating to almost every song I’ve listened to!


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Laura Jane Round

Reviewer


I've been turning up my music way too loud since primary school. I love hard rock and anything with a blues styling. When away and studying in Liverpool, I immersed myself in the local music scene and can't wait to see what home has to offer. I want to help keep music live and kicking.





Photography Department

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Lisa Billingham

Photographer


Lisa is an internationally published photographer forming one half of Billibee Creative. She has a tremendous passion for rock music and photography and loves to combine both as often as she can. When not at gigs, Lisa can be found working alongside PR companies, agencies, festival organisers as well as managing a local band. With her full time job,and working in the Billibee Creative Studio, this sure makes for a very busy Lisa ….. #lovemylife

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Alexandra Peace

Photographer


I'm rubbish at writing bios, that's why I'm a photographer and not a reviewer thank your lucky stars. Photography was something that I fell into, after taking a few pictures on a rubbish compact camera at a Placebo gig. I love all types of music, Classic Rock and Goth Metal hold my heart, but don't be surprised if you see me at a pop concert because some of that stuffs good.

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Martin Power

Photographer


I discovered metal when I was 5 years old when my brother had Judas Priest Ram It Down on Vinyl I was curious about the album art work of the huge fist smashing onto planet earth.. I had to listen!, I started concert when I photographed my friend’s band in my relative short time in music photography I have photographed Skindred, The Damned, Symphony X, Static X, Dope, Soil, Wednesday 13, but some of my favourite gigs have been the up and coming bands from around the UK.

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Rob Billingham

Photographer


Hi, I’m Rob, a now retired BT chappie who belongs to Lisa! Since departing the telecoms scene my main interest has become photography, which to date has been mainly centred around live music. Although I am more at home working in the studio that Lisa and I have, I really do enjoy the challenge of festival work (oh, those long hours!), where the MMH family excels and is much respected. I also work with Lisa offering support to local bands as they launch into the music business.


Media Department

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Libby Hitchman

News & Media


Hi, I’m Libby and I’m twenty-one years old. I decided to get involved with Midlands Metalheads Radio because I’ve always wanted to be involved in radio and I think it’s great to have a station dedicated to rock and metal music. I was in the rock society at uni and I like a little bit of everything. But, I have a soft spot for pop punk. My fave bands are like the offspring, New found glory, oasis, arctic monkeys, badflower and SWMRS





 

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