January 2021 marked a special anniversary for Radio Brockley. Alan Joyce, a long time member and contributor, celebrated his 30th year with Radio Brockley. We were lucky enough to sit down (virtually, of course!) with the man himself, and find out a little more about why he’s stuck around for so long.
1) So Alan, why did you join Radio Brockley all those years ago?
I’ve been a music lover since I was a baby, but decided when I was 12 that I wanted to get into radio after listening to the Radio 1 Chart Show (Bruno Brookes was the host for those with long memories). I nearly joined Radio Mount Vernon but Radio Brockley took members aged 14 at the time so I jumped at the chance.
2) Do you have a favourite memory from your time at Radio Brockley?
There are SO many to choose from. If I had to narrow it down I would choose two…
The first was the Radio Brockley Ruby Anniversary in 2006. I helped coordinate four full days of programmes which included lots of previous members returning (including former Capital Radio presenter Peter Young), celebrity guests including Alison Moyet and Cliff Richard, and lots of patient participation which brought a smile to so many faces.
The second was 10 years later, in 2016 when we won the HBA Award for the first time for UK Station of the Year – on our Golden Anniversary. It was a very special evening at the awards in Watford!!
3) What do you think has been the most requested song in your 30 years at the station?
I actually know the answer to this question as I have compiled the annual request chart for 29 of the last 30 years. It’s “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. Still a great song, but I’ve heard it so many times over the years I think it’s fair to say the novelty has worn off!! Same goes for “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Lady In Red”!!
4) What has been your favourite part of being a member at Radio Brockley?
It’s definitely been all the people I’ve met – both in terms of members and patients. I’ve made lifelong friends over the years, and even met my wife there. I also still get a buzz from the range of music we get to play. I feel enormously grateful to have been given the opportunity, and still feel that way every time I host a programme.
5) How have you seen Radio Brockley grow and change in your 30 years?
When I started we broadcast for around 10-15 hours a week, and we had very little interaction with the hospital beyond Bingo and our request shows.
30 years later, we broadcast 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We have great links with senior hospital staff and other RNOH charities, we are technically much more advanced, we can now broadcast to a much wider audience via podcast and YouTube, and we’ve won numerous national awards including Station of the Year three times! Such incredible progress for a small station which punches well above its weight.
6) Please tell us of a moment you have been starstruck at Radio Brockley
When I first walked through the doors in 1991 I was starstruck by just about everybody in the building! I couldn’t believe I was in a real radio station.
In terms of celebrities, the first proper interview I EVER did was with Sir Cliff Richard!! I was terrified but he was the kindest, most generous person and soon made me feel at ease.
We are so lucky to have members like Alan, who dedicate their time to the patients at RNOH. We want to once again take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Alan for his service here at Radio Brockley…. here’s to another 30 years!