No one heard Alan Philpott’s first radio shows.
But he was only 10 years old and broadcasting a breakfast show from his bedroom with no radio equipment before going to school.
However by 16 he was building an audience with Bristol hospital radio then presenting a soul and Motown music show for University Radio Hull.
“Careers followed in teaching and accountancy,” said Alan, “until I noticed the GFM banner on the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury.
“I had a chat with the studio manager and now have been presenting my classical music show on GFM for almost three years.
“I like to play old favourites and less obvious music which listeners may not have heard.”
With his experience at GFM Alan was able to create a demo programme which he sent to Radio Bristol.
This led to paid work for Inrix which provides travel reports for the local BBC and commercial radio stations. He has also covered shifts for Wessex FM, Smooth Radio and Radio Solent.
“GFM has proved a valuable next step on the broadcasting ladder,” said Alan, “and I have been able to network with many broadcast journalists at BBC Bristol including household names from Points West.
His GFM Classics show broadcasts on Mondays 9-10pm and repeated on Wednesdays 3-4pm.
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