Broadcaster/music promoter Andy Kershaw fascinates Stourbridge fans with talk at Moochers (From Stourbridge News)
Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting SB NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Broadcaster/music promoter Andy Kershaw fascinates Stourbridge fans with talk at Moochers
12:10pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
Andy Kershaw - Moochers Jailhouse Stourbridge
ANDY Kershaw visied Moochers in Stourbridge to give a fascinating two-hour talk about his career as a national television and radio presenter, international journalist and promoter of world music.
And Kershaw, at 53, has fitted more into his life than that of probably ten people, so could have probably talked for another hour at least.
If he had, nobody in the small but intimate audience would have minded as he captivated them with tales of Live Aid, Radio One, foreign trips and meeting and interviewing the great and good of the music and film industry.
Kershaw fell into his career at the age of 22 after securing a job booking bands for the student union whilst an undergraduate at Leeds University.
Within a year of doing that he was presenting the iconic Whistle Test on BBC television and then Live Aid before spending ten years presenting late night shows on Radio One.
His tales of interviewing John Hurt in front of millions of television viewers when he didn't know who he was and the good times he shared working with legendary disc-jockey John Hurt and producer John Walters made for fascinating listening.
Then he told of trips to Zaire, Korea and Rwanda on reporting trips and of the friends he made, some of whom didn't survive the wars that he became part of.
All of the tales were interspersed with music from some of the world bands and musicians that became well-known through his promotion of them on his radio shows, and wonderful photographs taken over the years and projected on the big screen.
This was an excellent talk by an icon of British broadcasting and music and someone who still works regularly for the BBC on The One Show, all delivered in down to earth northern style by the self-confessed maverick, who is all the better for being so.
Comments are closed on this article.