Matthew Roberts


Matthew Roberts

Time as a HCR Presenter:

24 years! (1995 – 2019)


Hobbies and Interests:

Failed Folk Musician, Lover of Football and Cricket.

What sparked your interest in community radio?

My friend at school was presenting the breakfast show on a Saturday morning and I managed to get involved with her show doing “Sports News”. I’d been one of those nerdy 80’s children who sat at home and made my own radio shows on a boom box with a built in mic.

How did you feel about speaking on the radio prior to the first time you were live on air?

I was an extremely shy teenager, so I was pretty terrified that I’d be awful or that I’d ruin my friend’s show.

How did you feel afterwards?

Pretty euphoric! It was a real rush. I loved it and very soon afterwards I started writing bits for my own show.

What positive impacts upon your life did your HCR experience have?

Presenting on HCR had a huge impact on my life. My confidence and communication skills improved greatly. I couldn’t believe I’d found something that my peers thought I was good at. It gave me something to talk about on my university applications and the confidence to move away from home. It’s given me a joyous hobby when I’ve had terrible jobs and a career I love in the local VCSE sector. My life would be completely different if I hadn’t gotten involved.