In those early days, Andy could regularly be found dancing in the underground Jazz Funk & soul clubs of the late 70’s early 80’s including Crackers, Horseshoe, Royalty and The Electric Ballroom.
Andy then went on to DJ at Flicks, Dartford (1986-1989), Champs Deptford and Fantasy Radio. The attraction of pirate radio was outweighed by the prospect of large fines, confiscation of records, so Andy decided to follow other avenues into broadcasting.
Andy worked at Jazz FM (London) for nearly 4 years, presenting several shows and becoming studio manager. In 1998, Andy then went on to join BBC Television as Presentation Operator & Transmission controller, part of a team responsible for the output on BBC 1, BBC 2, Choice, and knowledge.
Andy’s technical skills were developed pioneering the use of digital broadcasting hardware and software in radio studios. In the early days it was so expensive, now everyone can have fun with music.
1999 saw Andy at the launch of Southeast London station FLR 107.3, where he presented nightly shows and weekend breakfast, playing Soul, Dance, Motown and Jazz Funk.
An incredible highlight on the journey was a night with Robbie Vincent on Victoria, London. Appearances with Ray Gaskins and JTQ on a Channel Ferry to St Malo are etched into an extraordinary story.
In 2021 the NSPCC Soul Weekend was one of the very first out of event restrictions organised by Andy and Tony D with live acts including Atmosfear , The Brit Funk Association and Junior Giscombe. Three years in the making it survived and happened against all odds.
After many years on FM, DAB, Sky and Online Radio the experience has grown. Millennium/Time/RTM 103.8, Chocolate Radio, The Jazz Uk, Crackers Radio, SoulBeat, JFSR, Joy Radio, The Soul Of Grenada/London, Solar Radio, Starpoint and Soul Weekend Radio have felt the soulful vibes
With a few years being on hand to support Ian Starling with his radio stations, it’s only fitting to be here on Diamond Groove. Tune into the show it’s time to go on another journey on Sunday afternoons.