All About Ray
Born in Birkenhead, Ray has a lifelong interest in music since playing singles on the family’s Dansette. Before he could read, could pick out songs from the colours and unique markings on the labels. At the age of two, knew every single word to Cliff Richard’s ‘Living Doll’ and would sing it loudly from his pram much to the amusement of passers-by.
Radio was never something he wanted to do, but at big school would head the stage technical sound and lighting crew and host discos. It was always a good excuse to get out of lessons. It also meant he failed a key A level, required to join the BBC as a sound technician.
He gained an apprenticeship as a Telecoms Technician with what became BT, whilst at the same time running a mobile disco, then working in nightclubs with Mecca. It was during this time he was approached by a local radio Programme Controller, to guest on a music review show. His colourful critique of new releases and his love of soul music led them to offer him a weekend show. Indeed, Ray is considered to be one of the pioneers of soul music on UK commercial radio. Other opportunities followed on many different stations playing not just soul, but pop and even jazz
He left radio for a number of years, instead earning a living in various ventures - developing hi-fi products, washing cars, fitting tyres and running a garage. A spectacular business failure during the recession of 2007, brought him back to radio, specialising in programming music and playing classic hits.
He retains his lifelong love of music, hi-fi and is a true analogue audio fan, relishing the re-emergence of turntables with today’s kids. He loves politics, dogs, real ale, curry, cooking and spending time with great friends
Yes, a varied colourful life, but at the heart of it all, Ray is a family man. His first love is his two daughters who are his world.
Finally a quote;
Music is the hardest kind of art. It doesn't hang up on a wall and wait to be stared at and enjoyed by passers-by. It's communication. It's hours and hours being put into a work of art that may only last, in reality, for a few moments...but if done well, and truly appreciated, it lasts in our hearts forever. That's art. Speaking with your heart to the hearts of others. ~Mr. Dan Romano
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