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Ian "Watko" Watkins


Watko's Vinyl Revival

2nd May 2017
Watko writes about his Record Store Day experience in Mansfield

The TFF Revival

2nd March 2017
Watko brings TFF back from the dead

Mansfield 103.2 Turns 18

31st January 2017
Your local commercial radio station started broadcasting officially on Feb 1st 1999

Is It Going To Snow?

10th January 2017
Watko is panicking, are you panicking?

Back To Reality

5th January 2017
Watko jumps head first into 2017

​Watko Takes A Break

17th November 2016
For the next two weeks you won’t be hearing me on the afternoon show because I’m taking some annual leave.

Ian presents 'Watko In The Afternoon' every weekday between 1pm and 6pm, and the 80s School Reunion on Friday nights between 7pm and 10pm. 

He’ll be keeping you up to date with latest local news, sport and traffic updates plus playing some great music to finish your day the right way.Some of the things you’ll hear include: 

The All Request Lunch from 1pm to 2pm.

The School Reunion from 2 til 2:30 each weekday afternoon Watko will take you back in time with the music. So expect some songs that remind you of your school days. 

The Best School Run In The World Ever between 3 and 4, where Watko intends to create a vibe that makes the school run easy from great music, chat, interactive features, guests and competitions. This is the kind of radio you need to help you pick up and take home the kids. 

The A to Z of Pop and Rock where Watko needs your help picking a song to make your ears tingle with delight each day he’ll post a poll on Mansfield 103.2’s facebook page and at 3:30 the winning song gets a spin. So it’s all about big songs going head to head. Which one is going win?

The Topical One, where every afternoon Watko is in search of The Topical One, which is basically a song that totally sums up a fun story from the news. You can be as tenuous as you like using puns or there might be tune that fits perfectly without messing around with the title. The quest for The Topical One starts after 4:30 and the winning song gets played straight after the 5 o’clock news. 

Ian Watkins was born in 1978 at Kings Mill Hospital. He grew up in Mansfield attended Berry Hill School and Later Sherwood Hall Upper School. He also spent some time away learning things about history in Norwich but found East Anglia too flat and decided to come back home and make tea for a lady called Katie Trinder. 


His love of radio came from his fear of the dark. The only way he could get to sleep at night and ward off the monsters under the bed was to listen to a tiny radio his parents gave him. He set up his own bedroom station on Vale Close called BSRS in the 80s which broadcast to his teddy bears, Star Wars figures and sometimes his Mum & Dad 

Watko has worked at Mansfield 103.2 since the year 2000 and is proud to have pretty much presented in every slot going at the station including a programme called the Late Night Run between 12am – 4am. He’s now landed back at his spiritual radio home in the afternoons on 103.2 , a show he presented for over 6 years back in the noughties.

As well as hosting Watko In The Afternoon, Ian is trying to become a keen gardener but isn’t too keen. He’s tried to combat his green fingered fears by doing a podcast with the Lazy Gardener which you can find on the Mansfield 103.2 website. 


Watko’s Potted History

Career High – Helping the station raise money through various on air auctions over the years, including the most recent one for John Eastwood Hospice. 

Career Low – Doing an outside broadcast in Mansfield Town Centre in a Wedding Dress on William and Kate’s big day. He did raise over £1000 for the John Eastwood Hospice in the process though so he needs to get over the embarrassment plus we’ve heard he still slips in to the dress on special occasions. 

Something You Didn’t Know – He used to paint toy soldiers for a living.

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