Colin Slade

Colin Slade

Colin Slade is a man of Kent (or is it Kentish man ?) and it was there that he was bitten by the broadcasting bug. At fifteen, he was running the radio set up at All Saints Hospital in Chatham — one microphone and one record player in the plush studio surroundings of broom cupboard with adjoining loo! His introduction to rock music came a year later with his appointment as Social Secretary at Medway and Maidstone College of Technology, where he booked bands like Gentle Giant, Van Der Graaf Generator, Lindisfarne and Quiver all for under £60. “I’d never heard of them before”, said Colin “but they all became quite famous and I think this was the most important part of my musical education.” But it was these humble beginnings that landed Colin a job with BBC Radio Medway in January 1971, presenting a weekly rock show. Within a few months he had progressed to breakfast and afternoon shows, requests and even newsreading. During this time Colin experimented with the format of his rock show, developing the two hour in-depth interview programmes with well known stars, such as Colin Blunstone, Fairport Convention, Alex Harvey and the late Graham Bond.

In May 1974 he left the BBC to pursue a freelance interview career. This did not last long however. On hearing about Radio Hallam he saw an opportunity to work with his two all time favourite broadcasting heros, Keith Skues and Roger Moffat. So after a brief return to the Beeb at Blackburn, Lancashire, Colin arrived in Sheffield in September to present Radio Hallam’s afternoon magazine, Roundabout and the Hallam Rock Show. Away from the studio Colin is a man of many interests. He claims to be an absolute “loony” when it comes to musical instruments. “I can’t resist them and my collection includes several guitars, two mandolins, a banjoline, ukelele, and even a one string fiddle!” Colin is also a very keen collector of antiques and medals and is quite knowledgeable about British and German Militaria. He’s also an enthusiastic target shooter when time permits.

In May 1975 Colin married Marie Bird, a receptionist at Radio Hallam.

Colin Slade and Roger Daltrey

COLIN SLADE with “Roundabout” guest ROGER DALTREY

1975 ● THIS IS TRANSDIFFUSION