Meet The Gang
Man of Mirth
Johnny Murph presents the Leighton Live show
About Johnny Murph
Back in 2012, initially looking to attend a presentation course for work. I found myself at the doors of ‘The Comedy School’ in London. After an eight-week course covering the basics of putting together a set, I found myself on stage in front of an audience of 200 people for my very first gig. My second gig was in front of three people, truth be told I preferred the first gig.
Since then I have played hundreds of gigs to various sized audiences from 3 to 336 from Hull to Plymouth! Had regular MC slots and gigs in London and Home Counties and generally as one does in comedy…. had a good laugh!
Highlights to this point have been winning the Audience Choice Award for best show at the Brighton Fringe festival and enjoying sell out audiences as a result. Becoming resident MC for Big Grin City Comedy Club at the RADA Studios in London and of course best of all, presenting Leighton Live on Leighton Buzz Radio.
The show features live happenings in the area and highlights the talents of local performers. Mixed with a little silly chat (hopefully amusing) and music tracks that all have a link to each other…. tenuous at times…but a link. Of which listeners are invited to guess before the end of the show.
Leighton Live on Leighton Buzz Radio on Wednesday Nights 9pm
Gaz presents Solid Rock and the Gaz & Drena Show
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She Means Business
Bekka presents Business Talk with Bekka Prideaux
More about Bekka
Bekka is a Leadership Coach who has worked with some of the most recognizable brands in the world on leadership development, project management, and business effectiveness initiatives. With a 25-year track record of success, Bekka brings a unique blend experience and coaching strategies to her work with leaders, their teams and projects.
She’s the co-founder of the Virtual Collaboration Academy, which is designed to help address the growing trend of remote work and virtual teams and to foster stronger collaborations and communication in an online world.
When she is not working Bekka can be found walking her dog, drinking coffee or reading! She loves theatre, photography papercrafting and music.
Bekka is fascinated by people and business and she can’t wait to share this with you on Business Talk! Bekka and her guests talk about a broad range of subjects as they share stories, hints and tips that are relevant where ever you are listening. As well as featuring conversations with guests, the show feature business book reviews and local business news and events.
If you are looking for real conversations about business and work where people share their experiences for all our benefit, you are going to love Business Talk with Bekka Prideaux.
You can contact the show by emailing email@example.com
You can find out more about Bekka and listen to past episodes at www.bekkaprideaux.com and you can or
Guy Venner (and sometimes Steph) presents the King Jerky Show
About Guy Venner
King Jerky, aka Guy Venner, is frankly not quite all there in the head. Born and bred in Bedfordshire this man has a chequered past which includes running away to join the circus as a fire eater after university, working around the world as a scuba diving instructor and most recently moving back to the county and running two businesses: teaching first aid and plumbing.
The author of children’s cartoon books and a plumbing memoir (10 Years in the Sh*t) King Jerky/Guy has now put down roots back where he grew up and has hit the airwaves with a mission to entertain. It’s fair to say, you’ve never heard anything like him before!
It's only Rock 'n' Roll but he likes it
Alex Norvill presents Rockin’ The Buzz ……..
He's got the shirt and he dances the dance
I discovered the Rockin’ scene about 5 years ago now when I dated a 50’s Rockabilly lady from Essex. She liked me cos I was different, but I really didn’t know what to expect until she took me to the Famous Hemsby Weekender, and WOW the whole thing blew me away, firstly the music, then the dancing and then the lovely friendly people.
Anyways, my background and roots is in punk rock, discovered the Sex Pistols in 78 and never looked back, was hooked, subsequently got into bands and fronted 3 notable outfits; SORB, REFUSE/ALL and Condtion: DEAD, but after 30 odd years just lost the passion, got ill, came back from that and got drawn in to this beautiful music, and also the need to learn to Jive, which I became quite addicted to!
So thats me, I love this music, especially Rockabilly, I am constantly discovering new tunes and sounds that are jivable, strollable, and bopable.
The opportunity arose to be able to present a show on Splinterwood Radio in 2018, and I grabbed the chance, I have never done it before, let alone dj and it is a completely different experience to actually performing in a band. I continue to do my show on Mondays with them too.
I also did a stint on a Birmingham based community station 107.4 Switch Radio, but it didn’t really work out.
Finally, a couple of months ago I stumbled across Leighton Buzz Radio, dropped them a line to see if there was an opening for a Rockin’ Show and they said yes, so here I am giving something back to the Community that I live in, and I hope you the listener enjoy what I play.
Drena presents the Gaz & Drena show and pops up on Bee’s Knees too
Leighton Buzz Radio station manager.
Also present with Gaz on the Gaz & Drena show and join in the chats on The Bee’s Knees Show, basically you can’t shut me up.
Favourite food: ice-cream
Favourite films: usual suspects, Thursday, The Lake House to name a few
Work: In the old days, health & fitness but for the last 7 years happily working at the beehive producing Bee Local Magazine,
Radio: I did a 12 week show on Milton Keynes station Secklow Sound and then spent the next 2 years figuring out how to start a station for Leighton Buzzard.
Music: love all sorts of music; still listen to stiff little fingers, pink floyd, dire straits, green day, like oldies rock ‘n’ roll through to 60’s. Also love a bit of R & B, plus all the CHEESY pop too.
Zoe Curlett presents The Show Buzz Show with Richard Reynard
There's more to Zoe
Much sought after and highly acclaimed
soprano. Zoë Curlett has played leading
roles in West End productions such as
the Phantom of The Opera and Les
Miserables to name a few.
She has performed in the Classical Brits
at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal
Variety Performance at The London
Zoë sang with both the London Symphony
Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra as a soloist And was invited
to perform in a gala performance for
HRH Queen Elizabeth at the Liverpool
Zoë’s leading performance in Carousel
with the BBC symphony orchestra, can be
heard on BBC radio. She can be seen in
the 25th Anniversary production of Les
Miserables at the O2 And also heard on
its soundtrack for the Oscar winning
Adept at any musical style from jazz to
opera, Zoe has sung all over the world
in cabarets, concerts, private and
“She is without doubt the star of the show” “Zoë Curlett has a simply stunning voice”
Hollywood News The Independent
Richard presents The Show Buzz Show with Zoe
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Richard grew up in Linslade, leaving home at 16 to train professionally in musical theatre.
He then made his stage debut in the first ever UK tour of Fame The Musical followed shortly by his West End debut in Cats then continued his career in London, touring & rep theatre with musicals such as Chicago, the original cast of The Witches Of Eastwick, My Fair Lady, Pepper in Mamma Mia! And Eddie in Blood Brothers. After 20 years in “the biz” he decided to hang up his shoes returning to Leighton Buzzard to open his own theatre school – Musical Theatre High!
In 2017 he converted the Linslade Methodist Chapel into the Recreation Rooms to provide a space for MTH! & other groups, also offering it to the community for events and parties.
Sue Michaels presents Parent Power – empowering parents.
more about Sue
Sue has been in Education her whole career, first as a teacher, now as a tutor and coach. Her company, Red Bird Tutoring has got off to a flying start with centres in Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard. Sue has an eclectic taste in music which is mostly stuck in the 1980’s and sees her mission on Leighton Buzz to interview as many parent and children related local companies as she can!
Is shopping a profession?
Chloe presents the Bee’s Knees Show with Emma
More to Chloe right here
Beauty inside and out
Emma presents The Bee’s Knees Show with Chloe
Away from the station herself and Chloe run The Bee’s Knees Business Club, a relaxed and fun networking group for local ladies in business. The group helps create true connections amongst the local business community.
Emma also runs Olive Tree Marketing Solutions, a boutique marketing agency specialising in the beauty industry which is her passion. She loves creating marketing and PR strategies, and helping salons, spas and product companies execute them.
Favourite food: dark chocolate – around the 72% mark (not fussy!). And pizza, definitely pizza.
Favourite music: loves all sorts, especially stuff with proper drums and guitars – can never remember the name of the songs though!
Favourite sport: running, and she loves to talk about it!
Favourite saying: Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the best fruit is.
Chris presents All About The 90’s
Find out about Chris
He's Vocal and Local
Gennaro Borrelli present Voice Of The Town
He’s the Voice of the Town
Gennaro Borrelli has always been known as a voice in the town with his tireless efforts to support all things local. Many will be familiar with his regular column in the LBO, but now Gennaro is also Voice of The Town on his new radio show of the same.
As a chairman of LB First, an organisation that promotes the town centre and encourages people to use local businesses Gennaro is using his show for the good of the town. The show covers the issues that affect Leighton Buzzard such as the recent planning application for the land at the back of the Post Office, off Church Square. It will also include interviews with local people and organisations who are active in the town and highlight all the good things that are going on in our community.
Gennaro says “in my own hairdressing business I hear all about the things that concern people and Voice of the Town on Leighton Buzz Radio will be a great way to let those concerns be heard.”
Gennaro has also been working behind the scenes with Leighton Linslade Town Council to put on Independent’s Day an annual event that runs alongside the Charter Market which highlights independent local shops, market traders and businesses.
He's a Sporty Sorty
Kieran presents The Sports Roundup
I’m Kieran, I’m 17 and I’m still in sixth form. My life basically revolves around football, and specifically Leighton Town, for whom I am kitman, match reporter, social media man, committee member.
I’ve done some radio reporting for BBC 3CR and I want to go into Football Journalism as a career.
Hannah is Handy
Hannah presents What’s Happening LB and keeps the wheels turning behind the scenes
He's Got The Blues
Steve James Presents The Blues Cafe
He’s got the Blues
I live in Bedfordshire and am a lifelong musician having picked up the guitar at 12 years old. I love all types of music and have played in many different types of bands from blues to dance to jazz to folk. Still playing in bands and love every minute of it. I have a special love of the Blues and sharing that love with people on the air is a real privilege. However, my love of all music comes across in my show in the ‘Joker in the Pack’ slot where I play a song that is not necessarily Blues but one I really love.
The Blues Cafe is my venture into Radio …
Member of the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association).
Member of the UK Blues Federation.
A Little Bit Country
Russell Auty presents A Little Bit Country
I have been interested in bands since my son had his own band playing Indie Music where I went around the gigs with him. Later I used to go to London with my son to hear bands such as Razorlight, Oasis,Muse, Blur etc. Then in 2008 I thought there must be good bands locally as they have to start somewhere. I was going to gigs 2 or 3 times a week listening to bands and having their music to play on my programmes. I start broadcasting on 1000 mikes and Blogtv for few years, then join Radiomk which I have been broadcasting 11 years playing both pop music and Country & Western Music. Now joining Leighton Buzz Radio playing Country & Western Music.
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