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We will available on your home or car radio on 107.9 FM from 7am on Monday 12 June.

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 232

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Keith’s guest today is Mark Simpson, leader of Leyland’s Wellfield Church, which recently acquired Northbrook Barn on the Broadfield estate.

We wondered if there was a bit of a theme to Mark’s life ….. comes from Southall (West London), spent time in South Africa, ended up in South Ribble!

The lyric teaser today is ….. impossible!! (No, literally impossible – ‘impossible’ is *not* a clue of any kind. However, ‘near-miss’ or ‘great big number twos’ …. now, those would be clues!)

Tuesday 23 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 231 (rpt.)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

On the day of the terrible events in Manchester, Phil’s and our thoughts and sympathies went out to those caught up in the MEN Arena bomb attack, and their families and friends.

In the wake of the tragedy in Manchester there were many instances of spontaneous kindness and human solidarity. Fittingly, the topic of Phil’s interview – fostering and adoption – reminds us that the world is full of kind, caring and open-hearted people. Our guest, by telephone, was Kirsty McIntyre, Head of Engagement at Home for Good, a fostering and adoption agency.

In an interesting twist, Phil – who is himself is a foster parent – became the interviewee for a time, talking about his experiences in fostering.

Monday 22 May 2017

7.30        Breakfast with Marc Wolverson

Marc’s guest today is Brian Woodburn, Vice President of West Lancashire Scouts.

Brian has just celebrated 60 years in scouting. He looks back over his involvement in the movement and and notes  that although one or two things have changed, the central ethos of doing the best you can and helping your community remain the same.

Parents of Moss Side scouts will no doubt be pleased to hear that they are very well behaved!

Also featured in the show is the lyric teaser. The title of the song  in question could mean that “stuck vehicle” …….but it doesn’t.

Wednesday 17 May 2017

7am        Let’s Talk Business no. 231

7.30        Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Today Keith chats with Shaun Bradbury, boss of Leyland-based Wrennall’s.

It turns out that what looks from the outside like a small local domestic cleaning company is a domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning company  active across the North West and further afield, an international supplier and exporter of cleaning products, and a sought-after cleaning consultant. Hear Shaun dish the dirt (sorry, we had to – Keith forgot).

The lyric teaser today is quite easy……. but the musical theme of the show is quite hard to work out. Can you do it?

Tuesday 16 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 230 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Brian Ashman

Today’s show features an interview with David White, the Chair of St Ambrose Players, talking mainly about the Players’ production, starting today, of Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5.

Earlier in the show we recap on an interview from earlier in the year with Buckshaw-based author Alice Broadway.

Monday 15 May 2017

7.30       Breakfast with Marc Wolverson

Marc’s unique selection of music and a chat with guest Peter Houghton from Leyland Historical Society.

Peter is a walking encyclopedia of facts about the history of Leyland and the Society is thriving under his chairmanship, with a membership of around 160 and some of their monthly meetings attracting a 200+ audience.

Today’s discussion touches on the rubber industry, Leyland street names and buildings, Leyland Motors, the topics of some of the Society’s future meetings (one next year gives you a chance to get hands on with an Enigma Machine!)

Wednesday 10 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 230

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Today Keith talks to Brian Ashman, the ‘founder and driving force of Leyland Festival Radio‘, who has some news to impart about local FM radio in the run-up to Leyland Festival.

As usual, there’s a theme to all of the music today. We don’t usually reveal what the theme is, so let’s keep to that rule and say only that today should appeal to Dylan and non-Dylan fans alike!

Tuesday 9 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 229 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil’s guest today is Judy Cook from Leyland Tutors. We reckon Judy knows her stuff, but does Phil? Check out how he does in the impromptu SATS test Judy sets him.

Oh, and apart from Phil and Judy,  there’s something perfect in today’s show. Can you find it? Clues all the way through!

Monday 8 May 2017

7.30      Breakfast with Marc Wolverson

Marc’s guest today is talented musician Paul Heptinstall. Paul plays piano and a wide range of wind instruments. He is a peripatetic music teacher and private tutor, as well as having his own business as a ‘smooth sax and romantic piano’ specialist available for weddings, parties and functions.

Wednesday 3 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 229

07.30     Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

You might think there’s been foul play when you work out today’s  musical theme lyric (the old puns are  staging a welcome return!) and you’re sure to groan when the lyric teaser answer is revealed. All great fun …. we hope!

Keith’s guest today is a mainstay of Leyland Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Chairman David Bradshaw.

Tuesday 2 May 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 228 (rpt)

07.30     Breakfast with Brian Ashman 

Lyric teaser, what’s on, a mix of music – some gentle, some poignant and some a bit more punchy – plus an extended interview with Roger Jones of Age Concern Central Lancashire.

As a director, Roger oversees the organisation’s services to older people, including the Men in Sheds project – for which he is  urgently seeking recruits.  Roger also has many blog articles to his name at oldermenswellbeing.org

Monday 1 May 2017

Bank Holiday – no show today;  back tomorrow  2 May at 07.00 with Let’s Talk Business and 07.30 with Breakfast  with Brian Ashman (guest Roger Jones, Age Concern Central Lancashire).

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

A chance to reprise one of our favourite shows from this year, featuring our interview with Robert White, Leyland author.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

A chance to reprise one of our favourite shows from this year, featuring our interview with Jonathan Carswell, MD of 10ofThose,com

Monday 24 April 2017

Breakfast with Marc Wolverson

Marc’s guest this morning is Lisa Dennis, a slimming consultant.

Lisa originally joined classes herself with the ‘shallow’ (her word!) objective of losing weight, and subsequently became a consultant. Lisa says it’s not all about the amount of weight you lose, it’s the positive impact it can make. She advises that the road to success can be bumpy but that making small changes initially can help you keep your resolve.

The answer to the lyric teaser today is ……. not given here. Marc reveals at the end of the show!

Wednesday 19 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 227

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

This morning Keith chats with Lynne Whittaker, fundraiser at NW Air Ambulance.

Is it us, or was Keith a bit fly today with his musical theme and lyric teaser …

Tuesday 18 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 226 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil’s guests this morning:

– hugely talented sister and brother Anni and Will Pike, singing both solo and together.

A challenging lyric teaser today …. a real difficult one.

Wednesday 12 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 226

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Keith’s guest – South Ribble Council Economic Development Officer, Karen Shaw – talks about her role in supporting business and community in Leyland (and the rest of the Borough).

High on the list of topics for discussion are the forthcoming Truck Trail, the Leyland Town Team, Leyland Festival, plus developments in and around the railway station ticket office, while at the personal level we find out that Karen is a music buff (Vampire Weekend, Mariachie el Bronx …… Nat King Cole?), a grandma, an arts lover …. and an ex-Yorkshirewoman.

Tuesday 11 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 225 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Brian Ashman


Blondie – Tide is High
Jim Croce – I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song
Ken Nicol – I Feel Good
Rita Coolidge – Only You
Randy Vanwarmer – Beautiful Heart
Lobo – Daydream Believer
The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
BJ Thomas – Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
Lobo – One and the Same Thing
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Nicole – Ein bisschen Frieden / A Little Peace
David Bowie – All the Young Dudes
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Van Morrison – Brown-Eyed Girl
Run DMC – Walk This Way
Anne Murray – Just Another Woman in Love
Jim Croce – Time in a Bottle
Ken Dodd – Happiness

Thanks to Alan and Terry (https://www.mixcloud.com/itsalanandterry/) for inspiring some of today’s musical discoveries.

Monday 10 April 2017

7.30       Breakfast with Marc Wolverson

Marc’s studio guest today is Leyland-born Jack Godwin.

Jack may just be the envy of all 21-year-old beer lovers as, with brother Adam, he runs his own micro-pub at the heart of the town’s Hough Lane shopping area – the Market Ale House! And the way he tells it, it’s the customers who make a pub what it is ……

The lyric teaser today may be guessable from the cryptic clue Marc gives about oxygen and love. If not, listen for more clues later in the form of lyric excerpts.

Wednesday 5 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 225

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Keith and Ruth combine their talents to bring you On This Day in History, What’s On in Leyland, the Lyric Teaser, the Musical Theme and two interviews with local businesspeople:

Vincent Slater, proprietor of Slater’s Catering and The Greenery restaurant at Leyland Golf Club (he was clearly destined for a career in catering as his mother ran a fish-and-chip shop in Preston, and

Sally Wright, formerly manager of Parkinson’s Bakery (their Coffee Renoirs are still talked about to this day!), now running an international freight business, InXpress. Sally is the only person known to man who enjoys cold calling …

Hmmm, wonder if the theme for today’s music is golf? Or travel? Or the letter S? No, none of these. All will be apparent when you listen to the show … and, of course, the lyric teaser answer ties in beautifully once again.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 224 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Today’s Breakfast features interviews from the closing night (last Saturday) of the Leyland Methodist MAD Mob’s performance of ‘Johnny Be Good ‘ [Note: MAD = Music and Drama!]

You’ll hear:

Jo Duckworth (script-writer and musical director, etc., celebrating 25 years of heading up Mad Mob, along with Paul Duckworth)
Mad Mob 2017 members, Jude, Alice and Chelsea
— Audience members, Margaret and Meg
— Front of House, Ruth

Phil’s lyric teaser song was number 1 some 43 years ago – 1974. Selected line: “I was the black sheep of the family”. Anyone know?

Wednesday 29 March 2017

7am      Let’s Talk Business 224

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

There’s criminal intent on the show today as Keith invites Leyland-based policeman-turned-crime writer Robert White (www.robertwhiteauthor.co.uk) into the studio to talk about his life, how he got into writing …… and his book launch event tomorrow evening at Dunkirk Hall. Robert’s novels regularly appear in Amazon’s top ten best selling Crime and Action and charts, capturing the brutality of Northern streets and combining believable characters, slick plots and vivid dialogue to immerse the reader in his fast paced story-lines.

As ever, all the music is based on a theme, as is the lyric teaser. We know what it is …… but it would be a crime to reveal it!

Tuesday 28 March 2017

7am      Let’s Talk Business 223 (rpt)

7.30      Breakfast with Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson flying solo today (with a little help from producer Brian Ashman (lyric teaser) and well-known local estate agent Helen Pilkington (what’s on)) plus two studio guests:

Len Daniels, Chairman of Leyland Morris Men

Leyland Morris Men are one of the oldest Morris teams in the UK – probably the oldest in NW England (formed 1889). They were formed by the organisers of Leyland (May Day) Festival, who had seen Morris dancing in Knutsford. Saturday 29 April sees the 50th anniversary of the ‘revival’ of the Team and they’re planning a celebration event in the town for that day.

Maureen Chadwick, independent diabetes nurse, trainer and consultant.

Maureen is a former Nurse Consultant in the NHS, who struck out on her own after taking early retirement around three years ago.

Monday 27 March 2017

7.30      Breakfast with Marc Wolverson and Liz Johnson

Marc and Liz are in their fourth show together. Note: You may experience occasional ‘jumping’ of speech and music due to internet connectivity issues during the live show.

Guests in the studio today were Cllrs Ken Jones and Susan Snape. Both of them are heavily involved with Leyland in Bloom, Ken as Chair of the Committee. They talked about the event in Leyland, which is now in its third year. Leyland in Bloom was inspired by colleagues in Penwortham who organised the Penwortham in Bloom competition, while
Farington and Lostock Hall will also join in this year with their own competition). Entries must be submitted by 2 June and there are several categories of entry. If your garden has ever been admired by neighbours or passers-by ….. trust their judgement, please don’t be modest – enter the competition!!

Today’s lyric teaser was inspired by something that happened yesterday – and it wasn’t Mother’s Day.

Wednesday 22 March 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 223

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

You’re gonna have to be awake … wait, no …. asleep? ….. to get today’s lyric teaser …. erm. Anyway, it’s probably connected with the show’s musical theme. Well, it usually is, anyway. What? Yes, of course we listened to all of the show!! Errrr, most of it. But we didn’t miss:

Keith’s fanastic guests today:

Keith McIntosh

Our presenter Keith says he gets out of breath just thinking about the projects his guests gets involved with in his ‘alleged’ retirement. No wonder. Not only is Keith McIntosh the founder and former chairman of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, he’s worked closely with the North West Ambulance Service on their Cardiac Smart campaign (aiming to get more defibrillators into public places and make Leyland a Heartsafe town), while also helping to set up the Sporting Memories Foundation (http://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/) locally. But there’s more ….

Ian Bailey

Leyland-based Ian, well-known as half of the duo Tim Chu and Ian Bailey who perform the show ‘A Celebration of the Music of Simon and Garfunkel’. As well as performing around the country with Tim, Ian is also a talented singer-songwriter in his own right with a regular local residency a Charnock Farm Garden Centre on Thursday nights. On the show we heard the delightful I Long To Write Her A Love Song and were then privileged to hear Ian perform one of his latest songs live – Seesaw, from the new album Empty Fields.

Tuesday 21 March 2017

7am      Let’s Talk Business 222 (rpt)

7.30      Breakfast with Phil Gough

Breakfast this morning is hosted by Phil Gough, who takes us right back to 1968, the year of his birth (ultra-big birthday next year, then, Phil?), for today’s lyric teaser. Several of our live listeners betrayed their advanced age by getting the answer right straightaway! Will you?

Phil’s studio guest today is Darryl Cartwright, Chairman of Lostock Hall Junior Football Club (@Lostock_HallJFC or facebook.com/LostockHallJuniorFootballClub). The Club have an impressive list of community, safety and awareness achievements to their name, including Community Club of the Year in the South Ribble Sports Awards, and provide sporting opportunities for many hundreds of children and young people in the Borough.

Monday 20 March 2017

7.30       Breakfast with Liz Johnson and Marc Wolverson

Liz and Marc together for the third of their joint shows for March, with Liz in the hot seat.

Their guest this morning is Neil Walsh, manager of Rimmer’s Music (www.rimmersmusic.co.uk) on Leyland’s Chapel Brow. We find out that Liz knows Neil from giving him music tuition at Tarleton High School, that Neil is originally from Southport, that he doesn’t come from a music family …… and if we remember rightly, bread also features somewhere in his career path. You can hear Neil’s interview by scrolling to 45 minutes with the scroll bar below.

Marc’s lyric teaser takes us back to 1964. If we were trying to be cryptic, we would ask whether the woman referred to in the song in question was easily portable. Not even we understand that, but like all cryptic clues, it’ll make sense in retrospect ….. perhaps!

Wednesday 15 March 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 222

7.30       Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

We welcome Keith and Ruth back from their recent European excursion. Keith anchors, while Ruth fills us in on what’s on, today’s famous birthdays / what happened on this day in history, and chooses a beautiful song for us just before halfway through the show.

As usual, there’s a theme to all the music that’s played today, and a lyric teaser that’s closely linked with the theme. All very easy ….. once you know the answer!

Studio guests are Leyland-based student / receptionist Annabel Goodier, who aspires to be this year’s Miss Preston, and Martin Harrington, the man who knows all about chip ‘n pin stuff!

Tuesday 14 March 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 221 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Deborah Noblett and Derek Westall

Deborah makes a welcome return to the hosting role at Leyland Festival Radio and she’s in a light and happy mood in spite of the grey day. The programme contains a short feature on the first International Women’s Day event in Leyland, and Deborah’s interview with BBC Radio Lancashire’s Gerald Jackson, which she recorded on a recent visit to the station to find out about their Action Desk.

The lyric teaser today could be a song about any place. It could be Croydon, Dewsbury, Manchester … but unfortunately, none of those rhyme too well.

Monday 13 March 2017

7.30       Breakfast with Marc Wolverson and Liz Johnson

It’s Marc and Liz again today, Monday 13 March – this time with Marc taking the big chair and Liz assisting with the lyric teaser and a look at what’s on.

Their guests in the studio are from the local Royal Voluntary Society at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital (www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk – formerly known as WRVS):

Manager Kimberley Snape and volunteer Hilda Smith.

RVS volunteers spend time with hospital patients and the service they provide is really well received by staff, patients, family and carers. New volunteers are always welcome; call 01200 442513.

Today’s lyric teaser contains some oblique references to matrimony (so It’s not Matrimony by Gilbert O’Sullivan).

Wednesday 8 March 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 221

7.30       Breakfast with Liz Johnson

Enthused by her very first on Monday, here’s Liz presenting her second-ever radio show – we’re very pleased to have her with us on Leyland Festival Radio!

Given Liz’s penchant for the ‘musicals’ genre we thought today’s lyric teaser was fairly straightforward . In fact, if you don’t get it you should probably pack up your suitcase and go. Don’t leave it in the hallway.

Liz’s guest is highly ‘musical’ Rachel Cooper, a Runshaw student who sings, plays piano, violin and saxophone, teaches with KTB Music, and acts (…. in musical theatre!) Rachel also brought along a couple of her own song choices, by Vance Joy and Colbie Caillat.

Liz will be back on next Monday’s Breakfast, ably assisting Marc Wolverson.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

7am       Let’s Talk Business 220 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil is back, with lots of chat and Fairtrade fun with chocolate! The show includes an interview with Mike Gidney, Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, courtesy of Share Radio (www.shareradio.co.uk).

As for that lyric teaser ….. we should be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky. Actually it’s not her – it’s the other one. Darren Day Lewis, isn’t it? Or Don McLean? Jason Farragher? Anyway, it’s someone like that.

Monday 6 March 2017

7.30       Breakfast with Liz Johnson and Marc Wolverson

Brand new presenter Liz Johnson hosts her first show, ably assisted by welcome returner Marc Wolverson (who takes a brief look at the what’s ons and poses a rather cryptic lyric teaser …. without lyrics!)

Today’s guests for interview are Lisa and Paula Mallinson. Lisa and Paula run the Folly Coffee House right in the middle of Worden Park – you can find their interview about 45 minutes into the programme.

As for music, there’s music from the musicals and non-musicals music!

Wednesday 1 March 2017

7 am      Let’s Talk Business 220

7.30       Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

Keith’s musical them and lyric teaser had us uttering a few choice four-letter words today – for the very best of reasons. Hopefully you can work out why!

Guesting in the studio is Helen Pilkington from Leyland family-owened estate agents Pilkingtons – interview starts approx 25 mins. into the show.

Tuesday 28 February 2017

7 am       Let’s Talk Business 219 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Brian Ashman

Breakfast this morning is hosted by Brian Ashman, failing to resist the temptation to play Banana Pancakes, setting a lyric teaser that’ll have you saying: “I know that …. but what is it?”, and saying “saxophone” when he means “clarinet”!

Around 45 mins into the show we hear from a number of those attending the event for those caring for a person living with dementia (event organised by South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance and held last Thursday at Leyland Golf Club):

Alex Wakelin – HSBC Bank
Paul Chapman – Millercare
Anthony Pownall – PCSO for Leyland Central
Lorna Bowling – Genesis Care NW
Maria Desmond – Leyland’s BITC Business Connector / event organiser

Around 30 minutes into the show, we hear from a couple of passengers on the Avacab circular bus route and from Avacab transport manager Kevin Yates, who’s cautiously optimistic about the route continuing after its 90-day trial ends in late March.  Just before that, was it atmospheric interference from another radio station that resulted in regular presenter Phil Gough putting in a brief appearance!

 Wednesday 22 February 2017

7am  –   Let’s Talk Business 219

7.30       Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

A super-easy lyrics teaser, an obvious-but-easy-to-overlook musical theme of the day, plus entrepreneurial guest Mark Booker.

Mark set up care agency Independent Living (independentlivinglancashire.co.uk) after being made redundant from his putative ‘job-for-life’ in the Civil Service job at age 40. Although initially apprehensive and uncertain, Mark is now an established, committed, ethical business owner, running a care agency that covers both Chorley and South Ribble.

Tuesday 21 February 2017

7am   –  Let’s Talk Business 218 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil’s guest today:

–   Katy Bradley (KTB Music). Katy told Phil about growing up in Longton/Little Hoole, where she was constantly “in the fields with my Dad, who was a turf farmer at the time”). With music an integral part of her life from the earliest age, it’s no surprise that Katy now runs four choirs (at our last count) and a concert band, as well as running singalongs and afternoon recitals.

Included in the interview, which starts at 44min15, is a recording of a beautiful song written and performed by Katy herself, The Road That I Travel.

Wednesday 15 February 2017

7am   –  Let’s Talk Business 218

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Well, it’s clear the lyrics teaser is nothing to do with Curtis Mayfield but the title is similar to one of his  ….  That’s an extra bonus clue, btw!

Keith’s guests today are

–   Maria Desmond (Leyland’s Business Connector from BITC), who talks about the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance.

Maria told us about two imminent dementia-related events at Leyland Golf Club

* a carers day taking place 11 – 3 on Thursday 23 Feb (free, no booking required)

* a Defying Dementia masked ball fundraiser 7pm – 1am on Friday 24 Feb. (Tickets are £40 and include a drinks reception and 3-course dinner with live entertainment and disco – details from 01772 625546 or partnership@southrible.gov.uk.)

–   Allan Heyes, Leyland’s very own “Mr Rock ‘n Roll”. We heard about Allan’s solo and band career and Keith also treated us to a couple of Allan’s superb recordings of Elvis songs.

(Maria starts at 18 minutes; Allan at 33 minutes)

Tuesday 14 February 2017

7am   –  Let’s Talk Business 217 (rpt)

7.30      Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Love is most definitely in the air today, with songs requested by lovers ……. Dean Martin, Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie, David Bowie (!?), Karen Carpenter, Billy Joel, Kitty Kallen, Beyonce and many more. Everyone over 18 who requested a song or sent in a dedication qualified for the draw for a bottle of Prosecco, which was won by Lynn McCann.

Wednesday 8 February 2017

7 am  –   Let’s Talk Business 217

7.30       Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

An interesting musical theme today – you knight not get it quite so easily as recent ones!

Ruth joins Keith for the What’s On, On This Day in Historyand the answer to the lyrics teaser (also a toughie) and today’s studio guest is Paul Wharton. Paul sits on both Farington Parish Council and on South Ribble Borough Council. He talked to Keith about local issues as diverse as dog fouling, pedestrian crossings and the possible large-scale development at Cuerden.

Tuesday 7 February 2017

7 am  –   Let’s Talk Business 216 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil invites you to rack your brain to come up with the names of the four railway stations that feature in Monopoly .. ….. all four, please! Today’s lyric teaser takes us back thirty years to a collaboration between two iconic figures, one of whom we lost quite recently.

And Phil’s guest in the studio is Ruth Hooke, leader of Mercy People – Community Choir for Justice, based in Lostock Hall. (You can also find them on Facebook).

Wednesday 1 February 2017

7 am  –  Let’s Talk Business 216

7.30       Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

Join Keith for this morning’s Breakfast, with a wide choice of music – something old, something new and something in-between.

Keith’s guest is Dave Swanton (“Swanny” to his friends), presenter of BBC Radio Lancashire’s Sounds Like Saturday Night (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d782) …. a man with many strings to his bow. This show contains part of Dave’s interview and his first song choice. A fuller version of the interview will also be available on this Leyland Festival Radio Mixcloud channel shortly.

Ruth joins Keith as usual for On This Day in History, the What’s Ons ……. and to reveal the answers to today’s lyric teaser and musical theme, both of which centre around a potentially plausible presumption.

Thanks again to Jonathan Carswell, MD of tenofthose.com, for kindly allowing us to broadcast from their Tomlinson Road premises. The Farington room is superb, everyone made us feel very welcome and we’d love to return in the near future.

Tuesday 31 January

7am –    Let’s Talk Business 215 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough 

Breakfast is with Phil Gough today. Guesting in the studio is Buckshaw Village-based debut author Alice Broadway. Alice’s first novel, Ink, aimed at the teenage reader, is in the shops this week (Ebb and Flo, Chorley; Waterstone’s, Preston and WH Smith, Deepdale, all have copies). In Alice’s words the book deals with “identity, faith, friendship and trying to find out who you are when you’re a teenager.” (Alice’s interview starts 40 minutes into the show – drag the slider at the foot of the Mixcloud page).

As for the lyric teaser, Phil chose a devilishly difficult one ……  though you’re sure to shout “a-ha!!” when you finally get it! (Well, he did, anyway).

Wednesday 25 January

7am –    Let’s Talk Business 215

7.30       Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Keith and Ruth serve up chat, the lyric teaser, today’s birthdays in history and a look at what’s on, all backed up as usual by music around a (purportedly) readily-guessable theme. Today’s guest is Neil Howarth from M.A.D. First Aid (www.madfirstaid.co.uk), who provide first aid training, including paediatric first aid for parents and carers and ‘first bike on scene’ courses for bikers.


Tuesday 24 January 2017

7am –    Let’s Talk Business 214 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Martin Deacon and Deborah Noblett

Today’s show features Friday’s event in Bamber Bridge, the official opening of the community garden and a special iron tree.

The garden and tree are part of the £3.5 million regeneration work in the town under the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. The iron tree with zinc leaves is designed to weather over the years. Plaques on the low wall around the garden display the names of individuals and organisations who have special links to Bamber Bridge.

Wednesday 18 January

7am –    Let’s Talk Business 214

7.30       Breakfast with and Ruth Bradshaw 

Keith and Ruth’s Breakfast this morning is devoted to all those business requests they couldn’t fit in last week!

Tuesday 17 January

7am –     Let’s Talk Business 213 (rpt)

7.30       Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil’s guests today are Leyland Guardian’s new reporter covering Chorley and Leyland stories, Megan Titley and Cllr. Linda Woollard, the Mayor of South Ribble.

Megan, who joined the Guardian from a local paper in Gloucestershire four months shared her (favourable!) impressions of our area with Phil, and chatted about some of the stories that have caught her eye this week.

A massive Liverpool FC fan and originally from Scouseland himself, Phil was delighted to hear South Ribble Mayor Cllr. Linda Woollard talk about her early life in Liverpool, including her link with Carla Lane.  Linda also spoke warmly of the many organisations she has visited so far in her Mayoral year.


Saturday 14 January

09.45     Special request show

Features music requests from members of the Protect Chorley and South Ribble Hospital campaign group.

Wednesday 11 January

7am –      Let’s Talk Business 213

7.30 –     Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw

You’ll be burning to tell Keith the answer to today’s lyric teaser today.

Guest in the studio is Jonathan Carswell. 10ofThose is a Leyland-based limited company that supports Christian ministry by providing faith-based resources. They work from a base in Tomlinson Road, Leyland, where they employ over 20 staff, exporting books and other material all over the world. Ex-(?)Yorkshireman Jonathan is their MD and he shared his story with Keith.

(Interview starts approx. 30 mins into the show – click the show name above to go to our Mixcloud channel and hear it).

        Tuesday 10 January 2017

7am   –   Let’s Talk Business is back tomorrow at 7!!

7.30   –  Breakfast with Keith and Ruth Bradshaw

Today’s music is all requested by businesses in Leyland, from T-Rex to Tina Charles via Junior Walker and Donna Summer!


        Wednesday 4 January

7am –      No Let’s Talk Business today – back on 10 January!

7.30 –     Breakfast with Phil Gough

Phil has the perfect lyrics teaser for you today and his studio guest is Joe. Joe is anti-bullying and pro wellbeing writer and speaker.

Joe talked about what bullying is and how his experiences have set him on the path of helping others, through his organisation Joe Speaks Out (www.twitter.com/joespeaksout).

        Tuesday 3 January 2017

7 am –   No Let’s Talk Business today – back on 10 January!

7.30 –    Breakfast with Phil Gough.

Phil’s George Michael special.

[Christmas break 22 December – 2 January 2017]

      Wednesday 21 December 2016

7 am –   No Let’s Talk Business today!

7.30 –    Breakfast with Phil Gough.

In party mood, Phil plays quite a few seasonal listener requests and plies his studio visitors – Maria Desmond (Community Connector), Jenny Ashcroft (Barnardo’s Bay 6, Leyland),  Deacon Sylvie Philips, Anne Hunter (Listener in Chief) and Brian Ashman (Station Manager) – with mince pies and sweeties!

       Tuesday 20 December 2016

7 am –    Let’s Talk Business 212 (rpt from last Wed)

7.30 –     Breakfast with Brian Ashman. Today’s guests (part of Debbie’s market chats):

David Cropper from the Toffee Box

Neem Patel from the Phone Box

Delia Rutlidge from Wallflower Alterations

Shelly Booth from BBC Radio Lancashire, a regular visitor to Leyland Market

Ian from Two Good Soles

      Wednesday 14 December 2016

7 am –    Let’s Talk Business 212 (link takes you to programme website – past shows take a couple of weeks to upload)

7.30 –     Breakfast with Keith BradshawToday’s guests:

Greg Heath

Greg is the MD at Derbyshire Booth Financial Management in Leyland. Greg was both guest and host today, as the show was broadcast live from his office on Yewlands Drive. Greg gave us an insight into the financial advice industry and, to our surprise, chose Michael Andrews and Gary Jules’ Mad World as his music track.

James Gwyn-Thomas

According to his own words, James is ‘six days invisible, one day incomprehensible’ as he goes about his ministry at Buckshaw Village Church (which he charmingly describes as ‘just doing life with people and being normal’).

     Tuesday 13 December 2016

7 am –    Let’s Talk Business 211 (rpt from last Wed)

7.30 –     Breakfast with Martin Deacon. Today’s guest:

Margaret Dixon

Margaret is the Chair of Churches Together in Leyland (CTL) and is currently in her second three-year term of office. She talked to Martin about the work that CTL does and/or supports in the town (such as the food bank, the furniture scheme and the credit union).

(Breakfast is repeated at 7.30 pm the same day via the website leylandfestivalradio.com and then available to listen again from the above Breakfast link).

     Wednesday 7 December 2016

7 am –   Let’s Talk Business 211

7.30 –    Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw. Guests today are:

Lynn McCann

Lynn is a specialist autism trainer and consultant based in Farington (www.reachoutasc.com). She told Keith how she got into this field, about her original ambition to be a novelist – to be fulfilled partly by publication in Jan and May 2017 of her two books on How to Support Pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition (one for primary and one for secondary schools) – and gave a clear, simple explanation of what autism is.

Andy Prosser

Andy works as volunteer coordinator for Fusion Youth and Community UK in Leyland/Preston (www.fusionyac.org/what-were-doing/fusion-lancashire), while also building up his own web design and print business (http://ewdp.co.uk/about-us/about-ewdp-ltd) and occasionally performing some of his self-penned songs at Penwortham Live, Longton Live and Chorley Live. This interview will include a live performance of Andy’s own song Fry Your Mind.


     Tuesday 6 December 2016

7 am –    Let’s Talk Business 210 (rpt from last Wed)

7.30 –     Breakfast with Phil Gough. Today Phil talks to Runshaw catering tutor Neil Cruickshank and students Sian and Matt on Runshaw’s ‘AA College Restaurant of the Year’ award for Foxholes Restaurant.

Plus: Leyland retailers on Small Business Saturday – Karoline from Bewitched Parties, Sylvia and Aleks from Grandad Jims, Saeed (Sid) from LS1 menswear, Paul Atkinson from Atkinson’s Jewellers, Andrew from Electra Centre, Pat from the shoe repairers on Chapel Brow, Julie from Leyland Homebrew and newbie Emily from lingerie outlet Bella Unique.

(Breakfast is repeated at 7.30 pm the same day via the website leylandfestivalradio.com and then available to listen again from the above Breakfast link).

   Wednesday 30 November 2016

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 210

7.30 – Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw. Guests today are Colin Pass, author of A Short History of Leyland Motors FC, and Phil Briggs of Leyland-based Avacab

   Tuesday 29 November 2016

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 209 (rpt)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Brenda Crossley. Guest today is David White of St. Ambrose Players



   Wednesday 23 November 2016

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 209

7.30 am – Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw. Guest are Roland Turner of RT Productions and Amy Hilton, Area Fundraising Coordinator Central Lancashire for cancer charity Rosemere.

7.30 pm – Terry Durney’s Memory Lane Music Show (50s and 60s)

NB: Terry Durney replaces the evening Breakfast repeat this week. There will be a delay before today’s Breakfast is available to listen again. Please re-visit this page on or after Monday 28 November 2016 to check availability.

    Tuesday 22 November 2016

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 208 (rpt. from last Wednesday)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Phil Gough. On the phone, Nicola Adam (Editor, Leyland Guardian); in the studio, Debra Sofia Magdalene (Mastery Path)

7.30 pm – Breakfast repeat


    Wednesday 16 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 208

7.30 am Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw. Guests today are Cllr Mal Donoghue and Leyland Town Team’s Martin Carlin.

    Tuesday 15 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 207

7.30 am Breakfast with Brian Ashman, featuring Debbie’s Market Chats (Tony from the Fish Plaice, Archie from Fairagon, Shelly from Radio Lancashire, Anne from Cheese Cabin).


    Wednesday 9 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 207

7.30 am –  Breakfast with Keith Bradshaw, featuring little or no coverage of the Trump victory plus chats with Phil Weaver of Knickerbrook Cars and Mark Willett of Christians Against Poverty

(Click the Breakfast show link to listen again via our Mixcloud channel).

   Tuesday 8 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 206 (repeated from last Wed)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Phil Gough featuring Debbie’s market chat with Lesley Raven.

(Click the link to listen again via our Mixcloud channel).


  Wednesday 2 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 206

7.30 am –  Breakfast with Brian Ashman, featuring Debbie’s market chats with Ron Hill, the roesti and pancake man from Buffet Zurich, and Karen Carlin of Peppermint Cottage, the pre-loved/re-loved furniture specialists.

Click the Breakfast show link to listen again via our Mixcloud channel.

Earlier editions of Let’s Talk Business can be heard via the show’s website (normally uploaded a week or two from the broadcast date)

   Tuesday 1 November 2016

7am  – Let’s Talk Business 205

7.30 am – Breakfast with Sophie Wilson. Sophie’s headline guest is BBC Radio Lancashire afternoon show presenter, John Gillmore.

Click the link to listen again via our Mixcloud channel.


   Wednesday 26 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 205 (repeated next Tuesday)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Brenda Crossley. Brenda’s guest is Moya Fletcher, currently working as a training consultant with 1Life. She talks about the charity’s work with young people at risk of offending and how mindfulness can help with everyday stresses.

(Contact Moya at http://www.1life-tolive.com, by email moya@1life-tolive.com or phone 07745 781 637. Brenda’s September Woman website is at http://www.septemberwoman.co.uk)

   Tuesday 25 October 2016

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 204 (repeat)

7.30 am – Breakfkast with Phil Gough. Phil’s guest is Maria Desmond, Leyland’s Business Connector from Business in the Community.

(Contact Maria at maria.desmond@bitcconnect.org)


    Wednesday 19 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 204 (repeated next Tues at 7)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Martin Deacon. Martin’s guest today is Haydn Williams from Leyland’s Crankshaft Brewery.

    Tuesday 18 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 203 (repeat from last Wednesday)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Phil Gough, live from Fox Lane Sports and Social Club.

Guests this day are:

(7.45 am)    Andrew Birchall, campaigning as part of the ‘Protect Chorley Hospital Against Cuts and Privatisation’ group.

(8.15 am)    Cllrs. Jane Bell and Mal Donoghue from Seven Stars ward. Jane and Mal are available to answer your questions and concerns about the ward: 

    Wednesday 12 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 203 (repeated next Tues at 7)

7.30 am –  Breakfast with Deborah Noblett. Guests today are Joanne Duncan from teenage Autism and ADHD group TAAG, and Janet South from Little Movers dancewear stall, Leyland Market.

Listen again and contact details available by clicking the link above.

    Tuesday 11 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 202

7.30 am – Breakfast with Sophie Wilson. Sophie’s guest is Deborah Noblett. Among other things Deborah will talk about Di George Syndrome.

     Wednesday 5 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 202 (repeated next Tues at 7)

7.30 am – Breakfast with Brian Ashman. Includes Deborah Noblett’s market chats with Denise Graham, Bill Nickson and Helen Pilkington.

    Tuesday 4 October

7 am – Let’s Talk Business 201

7.30 am – Breakfast with Phil Gough. Phil’s guest is Sandra Crawford. Sandra will talk about her recent experiences in the Calais jungle (click to listen again)


   Update 1 October 2016

Sincere thanks from the management and volunteers to Councillor Matthew Tomlinson and Lancashire County Council for the recent award of £220 to us in the form of a Local Member’s Grant.


Together with the award of £350 from The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund we are now able to purchase new equipment that will enhance our ability to broadcast live from different places around Leyland.


Update 22 September 2016

Live shows recommence at 07.00 on 4 October with Let’s Talk Business (link re-directs to external site), followed by Breakfast with Phil Gough from 07.30 till 09.00.

We’re available on your desktop or laptop by clicking the player above.

You can get us on your Android mobile phone or iPhone- the easy way is to download, install and open the TuneIn app from your app store.

Note: Some of our recent shows (including excerpts from the Festival show 18 June 2016) are available on our Mixcloud channel – please click here to hear them.  (Older shows and interviews may be found via the Shows archive and Interviews tabs on this website.)


Would you like to feature in our Community Action spot, kindly sponsored by Leyland Leader? The Community Action spot gives local voluntary, community and faith groups and organisations one minute of airtime, repeated regularly, to tell Leyland about their objects and activities.  Please contact us if you would like to be included – all you will need is a short, prepared script of 120 words or so.

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