Steve Langsdale – Programme Manager (Volunteer)

 

Steve Langsdale was born in Waltham Abbey in 1960 and is the Oldest of three children – Steve has two sisters. Steve attended the Joseph Clarke School for the blind in Walthamstow where he achieved 7 GCSEs and an O level in music as well as playing the clarinet. He lived in Waltham Abbey until he was 18 when he moved to Norfolk to attend College.

Steve first worked in radio in 1979 when he set up the erstwhile and now defunct Radio Wayland at the Attleborough Hospital, after working for the hospital as the telephonist. Steve ran the station with the help of the patients until 1989 when the hospital closed.

Whilst working at Attleborough Hospital he joined Radio Broadland in Norwich as the Assistant to the Head of Music and record librarian in 1986. At that time the Head of Music was Dave Brown who is now the Programming Controller at London’s Smooth FM.

During his time at Radio Broadland Steve (being registered blind) became heavily involved in setting up his own systems to run the music library, some of the presenters found the system rather difficult to handle but this proved to be a great job security technique!

Following Radio Broadland Steve returned to Grays, in his home County of Essex where he now lives with his partner Jenny. In 2003 he joined a course for the blind at Redhill College, Surrey. He studied up to BTEC 3 standard in Broadcasting and Broadcast Law which he passed with flying colours. This course led onto Steves involvement with the DAB service in Surrey via Redstone FM.

2004 saw Steve become a member of Gateway 978 in Basildon where he now presents on a bi-weekly basis the mid morning show with Gonzo.

Since 2011 Steve is now programme manager for TCBR after working closely with his friend and colleague Graeme Loveland.