Welcome to the
Graham Wright Web Page
Wright has been a continuous voice on the airwaves of
radio stations across the East Midlands for over twenty seven years -
from Leicester Sound in 1986 through to
BBC Local Radio
His main role has always been as a radio presenter - not only
presenting programmes which showcase his knowledge and enthusiasm for a
range of popular music, old and new, but also hosting more speech based
shows. Countless guests have been interviewed in the
studio or on location - ranging from nervous local charity event
organisers to celebrities such as Beverley Knight, Amy Grant,
Rantzen, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Hayley
Westenra, MPs Roy Hattersley and Alan
Duncan - even the Archbishop of
Canterbury! But Graham has also worked
presenter and journalist, roving reporter (in 2008 even broadcasting
“live” from the deck of the QE2 on Guernsey’s Island
discussion show host,
features editor, creative writer, media trainer, researcher, producer
of general and
award-winning religious output, station ID producer, commercial
producer and voiceover – with a wide repertoire of vocal
styles. Over the
years he’s helped Rutland
win the Radio
"Nations and Regions" East
Midlands Radio Station of the Year Gold Award for SIX years
running (2003 to 2008), get them nationally nominated for Radio Station
of the Year at
both the 2000 ntl Commercial Radio Awards and 2004 Sony Awards, and WIN
the accolade of ntl
Commercial Radio Station of the Year 2004.
After Graham became their
Sunday morning Faith & Ethics presenter early in 2011 BBC Radio Derby was runner up in
the Faith Programming category at the 2011 Frank Gillard Awards.
Behind the scenes Graham has worked as a scheduler of music
and commercials using Selector, Powergold
and Broadnet and is used to operating state-of-the-art
digital playout and editing systems like RCS, EncoDAD, Genesys,
Radioman, Rivendell, Adobe
Audition, Sadie, Garageband, Newsroom, Myriad & Remote VT.
Graham's interest in radio started as a young boy in West Yorkshire - putting together mock music radio shows with his best friend using a record player and a portable cassette recorder in his bedroom - to be inflicted regularly on his parents! But his interest found a wider audience when, as a student, he became involved with Nottingham Hospitals' Radio at the Queen's Medical Centre. As well as presenting two weekly shows - one of them being being a rock show called "Shockwave" (aimed at all "hospital headbangers!") - he served as both news editor and programme controller.
Graham's first paid radio job was in November 1986 when he moved to Ruddington in Nottinghamshire and joined Leicester Sound as one of the presentation team for its new "Careline" service. A year later he found himself working behind the scenes at sister station Radio Trent in Nottingham before being finally allowed "on air" as a fully fledged music radio presenter when East Midlands gold station GEM-AM was launched in October 1988. During this time he graduated from overnight shows, to Early Breakfast, to Lunchtimes - as well as becoming producer of the Tony Lyman Breakfast Show and many radio commercials for the GWR group. Voiceover work also became part of Graham's portfolio.
Sadly all good things usually come to an end. A management decision was taken to "network" more and more of GEM's output with other Classic Gold stations in March 1998 leaving Graham (and many other long established presenters) with no job. However this story has a happy ending because, 14 years later, a re-launched internet version of Solid Gold Gem AM, based on the original winning format featuring those classic jingles and some original presenters (now including Graham*) went back on-the-air!
Meantime let's go back to 1998 - when Graham spent an enjoyable eight months working at new East Midlands Station Radio 106FM (which became 106 Century FM, then Heart 106 and is now GEM 106) as a regular weekend and freelance cover presenter, as well as producing their daily "Time Out" Entertainment feature.December 1998 saw Graham employed full time by the Lincs-FM Group in Oakham at the launch of Rutland Radio. He began as presenter of its weekday Daytime Show and as their traffic manager. He also presented additional recorded weekend shows in Rutland and at Fosseway Radio in Hinckley (now Oak FM). He was promoted to presenter/journalist in 1999, initiating and producing the weekly “Sunday Night Story” local writers’ feature for six years. In 2003 he moved to the Afternoon/Drive Show and became Features Editor - writing, directing, producing and acting in Rutland Radio’s serialised fifth birthday pantomime. He moved up to Senior Presenter status in 2007 having taken on music scheduling and additional station responsibilities. Over ten years he additionally presented many other regular shows ranging from ‘40s/’50s Nostalgia to The Rutland Radio Top 30, and covered all the others - always standing in on the weekday Breakfast Show. Graham was last heard on Rutland Radio on the 13th December 2008 - the station's 10th birthday - before rejoining the freelance market. The same day there was also a grand reunion of former presenters and staff, pictured beneath:-
The email address for Graham
Wright is firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will reply as quickly as possible to all genuine emails received.
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