EMMA CASSON IN THE BBC ARCHIVES RESEARCHING FOR OUR PROGRAMME
ABOUT BBC LOCAL RADIO’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, 2017
Trevor is Creative Director of TDC, chair of the London Voiceover talent agency, Honorary Professor of Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, visiting lecturer at the University of Salford and secretary of the Radio Independents Group. He produced the award-winning 50-part series Sounds of the 20th Century for BBC Radio 2 and was director of the pan-BBC Listeners’ Archive project. Trevor presents the weekly Radio Today Programme in association with Broadcast Bionics, writes for Newsweek and appears regularly on panels commentating on media issues. He has won 6 New York Radio Awards for programmes broadcast by BBC Radio’s 2 & 4.
From 2006 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, the UK registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in broadcasting and audio production. He chaired the Radio Festival in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and presented the RadioTalk podcast.
He was previously Head of BBC Music Entertainment (1996-2000), responsible for all the corporation’s in-house pop music production including Radio 1, Radio 2, Top of the Pops, Glastonbury, Later with Jools, World Service pop output and international distribution. He is best known in the music industry as the man who overhauled Radio 1‘s music policy during the repositioning of the station in the mid-nineties. Later, as MD of Pop for Emap (2000-2), he was responsible for the Smash Hits brand on all media platforms and oversaw the launch of both the Smash Hits TV channel and the Smash Hits Radio Show. He was executive producer of the Smash Hits Pollwinners’ Party (2000 and 2001) and the Q Awards and Kerrang! Awards (2001) for Channel 4. Between 2002 and 2004 he presented BBC Radio Cambridgeshire‘s breakfast show. He previously worked as a local radio reporter and producer (BBC Radio Nottingham 1974-79), a Radio 1 producer (1979-83), producer of Whistle Test and Live Aid for BBC TV (1983-88) and as Managing Editor of the BBC’s London radio station GLR (1988-93) where he helped launch the radio careers of Chris Evans, Chris Morris and Danny Baker among many others.
Trevor was educated at Nottingham High School and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University . He also graduated from the Executive Program at the University of Michigan. He has been a weekly columnist for The Times and The Sunday Telegraph and contributed to The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Q, Music Week, The Word (RIP) and Mojo. His biography of Nick Drake, “Darker Than The Deepest Sea” was published in 2006.
He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Radio Academy and a winner of several Sony Radio Academy Awards for presentation and production and a BAFTA for Live Aid. In 1999 he was awarded the Country Music Association‘s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement & Promotion of Country Music Internationally.
Trevor lives near Cambridge, is married (to Maureen) and has two children, Celia and Henry. He was the founding Chairman of Ashwell Academicals FC from 1999 to 2006 and is a vice president of Ashwell Cricket Club. He is a member of Notts County Cricket Club, a season ticket holder at Arsenal and a fervent supporter of Notts County FC.
Jordan joined us in January 2013 to manage our corporate business and establish our talent arm, London Voiceover. He has built the agency into a global business and launched it’s sister company, Manchester Voiceover in 2016. Previously he ran the acclaimed Recharged Radio which specialised in new music by independent bands. He’s produced content for Spotify, TV, web, and radio for more clients than he cares to remember, but does have a soft spot for anything that’s sale related and somewhat shouty. Apparently, it’s good for your soul….
Eve works as an agent for our talent agencies, London Voiceover and Manchester Voiceover. She also assists with our radio projects, booking guests for the monthly Radio Today roundtable and co-ordinating our BBC commissions with Folder&Co.
Emma joined us in 2017 to work as researcher on our programme about the first 8 BBC Local Radio stations which is set for transmission on all 40 of the current stations in November 2017. She has a first class BA in music journalism from Huddersfield University and an MA from Sunderland University. She is regularly heard on the award-winning Spark FM.