The Presenters

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Ray Douglass

I was brought up in a house filled with music which must have rubbed off on me. I can remember whilst growing up, the radio being on every morning. This was the beginning of my love of music, and in my teenage years, my taste was a musical eyeopener.

I love all types of music from Punk to Funk, including classical music. My teenage years consisted of the tail end of punk (1977) and the beginning of my love for soul and disco music.

Soul Music had actually been instilled in me by my late fathers love of The Stylistics. I can remember playing music that I had recorded from my bedroom at the age of 13, practicing to be a DJ using a reel to reel, a microphone and a long wire with a speaker to my parents front room.

At the age of 18 I bought some equipment with some friends and became a mobile DJ. This was the start of my road trip as a DJ. This progressed into clubs and ended up with me being offered a position on Soul Groove Radio in 2009, and in 2018 I became a co-owner of the station.

My Shows are on a Friday night from 8.00 – 10.00pm ‘Funkin’ Towards The Weekend’ where I play a mixed bag from the 60’s to date. Sunday Mornings – ‘Soulful Sunday Breakfast’ – 9.00 – 10.00am where I usually play more mellowed tracks / Jazz Funk / classic tracks with the occasional new track thrown in for good measures.

ray@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Lee Lessells

Soul Groove Radio was created out of a passion that I have for Soul music and what a better way to indulge my passion than create our wonderful station that has grown from strength to strength over the past 11 years. 

I have been collecting music ever since I was 15 years old  and have built up a vast collection over the years and I still enjoy discovering new music that I get to play on my weekly shows 

I present my own weekly shows called “The Soul Experience” were I dig through the Soul Groove Radio vaults to bring you some of the best music on the plant

I hope you enjoy listening to Soul Groove Radio and welcome to The Soul Groove Radio Family .

lee@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Gary Makepeace

After 40 years of DJing at pubs, clubs and parties around the Hertfordshire area I retired from main stream DJing . Four years ago I concentrated on my passion of jazz funk and soul music with a successful monthly soul night (Soulful Delites @ Bull Rodizio) with a host of guest DJs from the soul scene. In January 2019 I was approached by Soul Groove Radio and in March 2019 I joined their expanding team of presenters to play some of the best music to listeners around the world with 2 shows a week, ‘Soulful Sandwich on Tuesday evenings and Live@5 on Fridays’.

gary@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Hazel Dunmow

My love for soul music started at the age of sweet 16 when I worked up in London and most Saturday nights we would all go to Samantha’s night club off Regents Street. I then started going to the Goldmine in Canvey, Lacey Lady in Seven Kings, Zero 6 in Southend and the Norfolk Village in
Shoreditch.
I enjoy twice yearly trip to Caister Soul Weekenders from 1988 to 2012. I also went to other weekenders in Poole, Bournemouth and the big Blackpool international soul weekend.

I joined Soul Groove Radio team in February 2020 as admin and really enjoy promoting and advertising the station, shows, DJ’s and merchandise. My involvement in SGR’s 1st all dayer was a great experience and I can not wait to get involved with more events and who knows maybe a weekender in the future.

hazel@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Ray Penny

Ray’s introduction to music was ‘Uncle Mac’s children’s hour’ on his mum and dad’s wireless in the 1950’s. So much so that for some reason, at the age of 9, when home from school sick one day, he started playing the drums. His musical influences have been 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, and 60’s Soul. When his first band folded in 1969 he started his own mobile disco, ‘The Hole in the Wall’. Fast forward to 1975, he was lucky enough to bag the job of travelling around the world as an international DJ for the Hilton group, EMI and the Forte group until 1984 when he stepped out of the disco scene.
He founded and run his own successful brewery in Gloucestershire for 25 years and is a qualified Microbiologist.
Now retired and when he isn’t broadcasting on Soul Groove Radio, he keeps himself busy, delivering Jaguars, Range Rovers and Land Rovers around the country.

rayp@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Leigh McGlone

I am one of the new DJs which have joined the great radio station Soul Groove Radio. I’m a mobile DJ, and have been, off and on for over 22 years, I started DJ-ing at age of 15 and yes… I used to carry all those boxes of vinyl around.

Just before the lock down, a good friend of mine told me that Soul Groove Radio were looking for DJs, I applied and to my surprise they asked me to join – wow!

I have every Sunday Morning show from 10.00 am until 12 noon, which is called a Whole Lot of Soul. In this show I do asked the listeners to take part in my ‘Two from One’, where you can have two tracks from any soul band or artist. 

Radio DJ-ing, is so much fun for me, reacting with the listeners, with the funny comments and great banter. Joining Soul Groove Radio is like having a great big soul family, plus having all the management and DJs giving their support during my shows.

A big thanks for listening…

leigh@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Mike Russo

I started DJing at the young age of 16, way back in 1978 just after leaving school… a family friend was the DJ at the Café Royal on Regents Street in Central London doing a monthly gig, I went along one evening and I was instantly hooked, and I have never looked back since, I bought my first FAL turntable & played my first 7” single of Earth Wind & Fires – September playing at family & friends parties & then bought a Citronic Thames 2 turntable, When I felt more confident entertaining larger crowds I treated myself to a pair of Vestax PDT 5000 Turntables & the music collection started to grow, I still enjoy spinning the tunes as much today as I did when I started all those years ago.

I’ve been a VDJ for about 15 years years now and about the same time started working at Planet Hollywood in Leicester Square and the new venue on the Haymarket in Central London, Also had a nine year residency at Dover Street Jazz Wine Bar in Mayfair, working with some great Soul, Funk & Jazz Funk tribute bands and played alongside 80’s Soul Diva Jackie Graham.

Also worked in many venues in & around London, also worked on a few Cruise Ships sailing up & down the Adriatic ocean and around the med.

I’m new to Soul Groove Radio and hope you enjoy my shows, I’ll be playing a mix bag of the very best soulful tracks I can get my hands.

miker@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Mike Goodall

I started my DJ career when I was 14 in 1973 with my best mate Paul Wright, making our own sound system with a 12 valve amp and homemade twin Garrard SP25 Mk 2 Turntables with mixer faders. 

Throughout my childhood and teens I collected on vinyl most of the Motown hits. My interest and collection included the likes of The Chi-Lites, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Boyz II Men and many more, my favourite band was and still are the Stylistics.

For three years I was the resident DJ and Sports News presenter (in house TV) at St Marys University, Twickenham (1977 – 1980) with my bestman Pete Dando, when I got married in 1983.

My DJ career took me all around the London Boroughs gigging at all types venues for different occasions. Right up to 2000 I was out and about being a DJ and had to retire due to and arm operation.

I rejuvenated my DJ career when I started a new job in 2012 which allowed me to use large sound recording equipment and lighting system up to present date, I am the resident DJ at my workplace.

I joined Soul Groove Radio as a Radio Presenter and website designer in August 2020

I look forward to presenting a wide range of SGR genres of music to all our listeners every week on my ‘Saturday Soul Groove Show’ at 10am to 12 Noon.

mike@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Bob Powell

I’m young at heart lol, happy go lucky sort of chap with a cheeky smile, love listening and playing music, I’m easy to talk to with a listening ear.

bob@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Lee King

Hi, this is Lee King and I have been collecting and playing music for close to 40yrs (how the years have flown by).

I have been extremely lucky to have had opportunities to perform as a Mobile Disc Jockey throughout the UK, worked on the London Sound System circuit, presented shows on community radio stations in North West London, plus I have previously held residencies at numerous bars and clubs in Hertfordshire and London. I have also been fortunate to DJ at events in Europe, The Caribbean and The United States.

The artists that have most inspired me during my years of DJing are Stevie Wonder, Phyllis Hyman, Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye.

I have an intense energy and passion for all things musical and currently can be heard on SOUL GROOVE RADIO every Wednesday 8-10pm GMT. I love R&B, Soulful House and Rare Groove.

leeking@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Jamie Ryan

I’ve been DJing  for 30 years – clubs, pubs and Riverboats along the Thames .

I was brought up with Motown and early 70’s soul with groups like The Stylistics, The Chilites, The Detroit Emeralds and The Spinners.

During the mid to late seventies I got into my best love of jazz funk & soul .

Loving all sorts of soul I would say my favourite group is EWF and my two favourite artists are Stevie Wonder and Alexander O’Neal.

Worked on A1 Radio before coming to Soul Groove Radio which has been an absolute pleasure to be part of a great station and wonderful people.

jamie@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Ivor Anderson

Hello my name is Ivor Anderson and I present The Soul Matrix Show.

I first started DJing in 1970’s through my passion and love of music, especially Soul. The first tune I purchased was Sir Dancealot by Olympic Runners although one of my all time favourite artist is Luther Vandross.

The Soul Matrix Show is not about reinventing the wheel it aims to play the type of music people love to hear no matter how many times it is played. Everyday my life is filled with music and you never feel alone within a Soul family so let’s all get down and get involved together.

ivor@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Mark D

Hi My name is …Mark Daniel ( Presenting as Mark D )

Started the Soul /Jazz Funk scene in Hertfordshire

Caister, Gold Mine ,The National on Kilburn High Road London and Dumbo’s in Dunstable are just a few of the clubs I went to.

What can I say about Soul and Jazz/Funk except its in the blood.

Music is life, and Soul music will be with us for many years ahead , I have worked in many pubs clubs private parties, weddings.

I want to keep this passion for Soul and Jazz Funk music going forever.Started radio presenting on Soul groove radio from March 2011

Radio presenting gives me the opportunity to play the music I love and grew up with all over the globe.

Join me live every Monday evening 20:00 – 22:00 …. Mark D … Feel Good Soul Show … With 45mins Of Jazz Funk … 45mins Of Soulful Tunes ,,, 30mins Of Mellow Tunes ( Mellow Madness Slow,Smooth, Sexy )

markd@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Rossi P

Hello Soul Funkateers,

Music has been a passion of mine for many years and it is great to be able to share this with like minded people. For me it’s all about the feeling when the beat or vocal drops, the saying is true “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”

Since a young boy soul music has always been a massive part of my life, while my friends were buying football stickers I was spending my pocket money at the market stall buying records. I would like to thank my dad for passing on his passion and love for jazz funk, soul, disco and boogie, first hearing The Riff of “Rock creek park” (Blackbyrds) and the bass line of “Bus Stop” (Fatback) I have never looked back or forgotten that. 

A few of my favourite artists which you will hear in my shows include the voice of silk Luther Vandross, The Chi-Lites and not forgetting Donny Hathaway.

The Check out the Groove show is all about the Soul Family Coming Together and enjoying the music we love . 

Enjoy The Shows 

Bless the Funk

rossi@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Groovegenie aka Master g started djaying in the early 70s. He worked as a dinner & dance Dj before progressing to larger venues such as the Palais, Scamps, legendary Ad Lid between 1978 and the late 80s. 

Groovegenie got his break on radio presenting a daily 80s funk show on Heatwave FM (by any means necessary). He also presenter shows on Hot FM (Leicester) and Power FM (Nottingham).

At Kemet FM, he presented a range of shows including a daily morning show co-presented with Jackie P (7am-10pm), drive-time (4pm-7pm) and the weekend Grooveline (the home of funk and soul) with co-present Charlie Rae (4pm-6pm).

Groovegenie is a man with astounding musical knowledge and a record collection to match; he’ll bring you Funk ‘n’ Soul from the early 70s & 80s mixed with some classic Rare Grooves! He says: I’ve been away from radio for“I many years and I look forward to sharing my love of funk ‘n’ Soul with like-minded funksters!” Music and radio were always an interest and a return to playing great music was always on the cards.

Welcome to the Grooveline and your Groovegenie aka Master g, we’ve got you covered all day long…

Gavin Scofield

I was a mobile DJ for 4 years, DJing for lots of weddings, parties and large events open to the public, I always tried to throw in some soul tunes.

My love for soul started at a young age before I even knew it was called soul music.

Over the years I started listening to DJ’s such as Greg Edwards, Tony Blackburn and Robbie Vincent.

I started working on some FM and online radio stations playing my favourite music, classic funk and soul tunes and loving the interaction with the listeners. I do love all types of music as well. Music has always been a big passion of mine. Also I have had my own soul radio show at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough.

Working with Soul Groove Radio now broadcasting every Thursday at 6pm with my Classic Funk & Soul show.   

gavin@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Diane Marsh

I’m Diane Marsh and as well as being a successful Singer/Songwriter Producer & Recording Artist, I have also been part of the Soul Groove Radio Team for over two years.

I started off with my Divas Disco Groove Mix from 6-8 UK time every Saturday nite 

Which is a non stop Mix of grooves that starts off nice Smoothe & Sexy to gradually building up speed to the point where you wanna Kick those slippers off. Move that Sofa and get your groove on .. .and since The Lockdown Situation  I have also added another Show @ SGR which I am gaining more listeners through. and that is 

The NiteCap Mix 10-Midnight UK time every Friday evening 

It’s my way of helping you wind down after a busy or stressful wk .. have your Beverage ready and relax and listen to some of the most relaxing grooves in the style of Sensual Soul. Flirtatious Funk & Romantic R&B   

I love to chat live throughout my mixes with my listeners on the Official Soul Groove Radio Page.  

Hope you can join me for my 2 shows each wk end  … Your support is truly appreciated.

divadisco@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Steve Jones

Steve Jones from Chester, comes from a past background of playing predominantly soul music in night clubs and bars, and has also worked the mobile DJ circuit for many years and also various pirate radio stations in the past in the north west of England.

I’m passionate about soul music and on my show every Sunday on Soul Groove Radio I will try my utmost to make sure you hear only the best in soul music from the past to present.

stevej@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

Loraine Clancy

My love of soul music goes way back into my early childhood…listening to my mum playing Gladys Knight, The Drifters, Isaac Hayes, The Stylistics, Johnny Mathis on the lounge stereo. The crackle of the needle on the rotating vinyl disc and then there was magic! 

Like so many people those early childhood sounds are still the ones that I love so much now. Into the eighties and my teenage years. So much fabulous music that completely cemented my love of Soul as a genre. When school friends were firmly into the New Romantics, I was a Luther and Freddie Jackson girl! 

The inspiration for the Love Lounge’s monthly show, It’s Time for Love, started with a conversation about 80s soul nights and the wonderful slow tracks that you’d hear once all the serious dancing had been done. You know the ones…the boy comes over and asks the girl for a slow dance (or if super brave the girl might ask the boy!) The songs that love was made, relationships were born, hearts were broken and memories made. Whatever the occasion we all have our own songs, special to us.

So followed the idea, two hours of radio packed full of love songs and mellow sounds (new and old). Not much DJ chat, just an opportunity to lose oneself in fantastic music and meaningful lyrics that do all of the talking that’s needed anyway.

loraine@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Stevie Day

Stevie D.  Jazz funk soul show.
Love dancing and playing soul music.
Live in Southampton.
Hobbies- motorbikes. Golf. Football.
Like action films .
Am old but young at heart.
I have been a regular at many of the Hertfordshire soul events for many years.
Catch my show each Saturday where I play Jazz Funk & Soul.

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Gary Michael

I have been a DJ since 1980 and have played in Clubs and Bars to the present day. My show on Soul Groove Radio is a mixed in the first hour where I play Classic & New releases. Hour two we go in the mix with my own mixes and re edits.

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Clive Lee

Why do I love soul music easy my Mum and Dad there was always Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine (Passing Strangers still the best thing ever) ,The Platters and Qunicy Jones being played in the house.

I started DJing at 16 and was taught by a great DJ called Mick Loades.I worked on weddings,work socials all the usual places. After a few years I said I really wanted to do a soul night this would have been about 1972. I can still hear him say who wants to listen to that music all night. I started doing the odd nights around Hertfordshire then someone offered me a Wednesday night at a place in Stevenage called The Pyramid after a couple of weeks we were doing Monday and Friday for about 2 or 3  years selling out on both nights. Saturday nights I would guest at local venues. In the mid eighties I fell out of love with it all and stopped.Then about 10 years ago a friend kept onto me to come and do a spot and here we are today. Still mad about soul, Jazz,Funk and Soulful house music spend far too much time looking for new and old tunes I have never heard.

clive@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Len Nembhard

I have been DJ’ing on & off since I was 17.
Got back into it again properly about 18 years ago working as a mobile
DJ, weddings, parties etc.
Worked at a few bars & pubs including The Horns in Watford for 6 years.
Worked with IMIN Radio, a black urban music station for a year.
Started up Soulful Heaven in Jan 2016 – a once a month Soul night, in Watford.
Hoping to restart  after the pandemic is over.
Joined Soul Groove Radio in June 2020 and loving it.

len@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

 

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Jamie Stocker

The Funk ‘n Soul Show is a weekly show produced in the UK by Jamie .
Jamie has been a presenter for nearly a decade on Community Radio he
fell in love with Funk and Soul after looking into the origins of some
dance tracks he used to play on his Saturday night Dance Show, moving
into a Soul Show 3 years ago and earlier this year joined Soul Groove
Radio as a presenter. Past show guests have included Roy Ayers, Simon
Bartholomew (Brand New Heavies),Smoove & Turrell, The Allergies,
Gabrielle and many more

  Playing a mix of classic Funk and Soul, finding rare grooves along the
way and a focus on playing new musicians flying the flag for the whole
genre providing a wide selection for 2 hours each week.

jamies@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

 

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Tesh Parmar

Tesh Parmar started DJ’ing as a hobby back in the mid 80’s at the age of 15, mainly at house parties an all-dayers. He then got involved in Djaying & putting on Soul events in his home town of Oldham and surrounding areas playing a mixture of Soul, Jazz- Funk, RnB and Hip-Hip.  In the early 90’s Tesh joined the legendary Soul Nation 104.6fm where he cut his teeth as a radio DJ.  Tesh also DJ’d on Sunset Radio in Manchester and on Fresh FM in Leicester whilst studying there.  Tesh took an ‘involuntary sabbatical’ from DJ’ing as family life and jobs took priority.  Now based down south, Tesh is a norther at heart and his musical foundation is built on the sound system culture and ‘blues parties’ of Manchester, and the Street Soul scene and cites The Soul Control Sound System as a major influence in his musical journey.  Tesh got back playing on a regular basis at events with the Soul Fever collective from Watford.  Tesh joined Soul Groove Radio in mid 2020 and hosts ‘Taking Care of Business’ on a Saturday night & Saturday playing Neo / Independent Soul and Old School classics.

tesh@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Ady Crampton

Listening to and playing music has always been a large part of my life.

I bought my first vinyl in 1974 aged 7, by 1983 I was immersed in the UK scooter scene and began attending the rallies which boasted ex-Wigan Casino DJs on their all-nighter line-up.

There was so much music that I hadn’t heard before and of course, as there was a record bar in each venue, my record collection increased although never as much as my wants list.

I really get a kick out of sharing my passion for music and have enjoyed playing my 70s soul, funk and disco records to the world ever since.

ady@soulgrooveradio.co.uk

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Glyn Williams

Glyn’s career as a DJ started at 7 years of age on his brother’s mobile
disco. From 13 he was working in night clubs and in 1994 started the 9th
RSL Community radio station in the UK ‘Valley Radio’ before becoming
sales director for Amber Sound FM.

During his 4 years at Amber Sound FM he presented The Breakfast Show,
Drive Time and his favourite show The Soul Show which started in 1994.

In 1997 Glyn began the ‘Soultastic’ Soul Club based at Alfreton Leisure
Centre in Derbyshire UK attracting up to 800 soul lovers every month at
the regular monthly soul nights.

During the late 70’s Glyn was a regular attendee at The Wigan Casino and
lots of other soul all-nighters across the country.

Glyn’s taste is very wide and with a huge collection of both northern
soul and more modern tunes.

Silky soul is broadcast every week on this station – past shows can be
heard at https://mixcound.com/radioglyn [1] and you can contact him
direct using radioglyn@gmail.com