Presenter Mark Simons

Born and bred in Northampton I have seen the development of the Eastern District of the Town, the opening of the Weston Favell Shopping Centre, the Grosvenor Centre and other major changes to our town over the past 50 years.

Being visually impaired has meant that radio has played a major part in my life.  I remember listening to Radio Caroline, Luxemburg and the early days of Radio 1 back in the 1960’s – Kenny Everett was my personal favourite presenter (or as they called them in those days DJ), he was a radio genius, when you consider the technology that was available to him at the time.

I had many happy years volunteering for Northampton’s Hospital Radio Station – Radio Nene Valley.  During this time I presented a variety of programmes from request shows to magazine programmes.  One of the highlights for me was meeting Bob Holness at the town show in Abington Park – And yes during the interview I did ask that question.  ‘Can I have a P please Bob?’  Do you remember Blockbusters?

During my stint with Hospital Radio I met my wife Jane and we now have a son Chris who is currently studying at University in Nottingham – The power of radio!

Since the launch of NNBC in October 2016 it has been my pleasure to meet so many local people who are working hard in our community to promote everything that is good about Northampton.  I see one of NNBC’s major roles in our town to be a radio station that gives these organisation the opportunity to promote the work they are doing and to encourage community involvement.