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Ian Watkins

I have been knocking about at the station for 10 years now so much so I've become part of the furniture really.

Here's a little potted history of my movements.

I started back in November 2000 making the tea for the Breakfast team and worked on a voluntary basis helping out around the station and putting on air pantomimes together.

My first real on-air gig started in Feb 2001 when I was given the Saturday Breakfast Show (I did do an overnight programme called the Late Night Run but that didn't last very long, thank goodness). Later that year, I became the Mid Morning Presenter.

After a year of presenting Mid Mornings doing competitions like Knock-A-Door-Run and There's A Monkey On The Loose,' I moved to the Afternoon Show which I did for nearly 4 years, eventually moving off the show to concentrate on my news duties.

However, that wasn't to be my last run out in the Drivetime slot because after a break of around 6 months I was back on the show for another year.

Following this spell I thought I'd hung up my presenting headphones for good - but came back to present 'That Friday Feeling' from Feb 2008 - which ran though until Sept 2009.

Then in early August of this year I was asked to present the Breakfast Show. What a way to celebrate 10 years at Mansfield 103.2.

I'm a Mansfield lad born and bred since 1978 so it's a massive honour to be able to broadcast to people in the area where I grew up. If you listen to the show I hope my passion for the area comes across.

I'm loving the new challenge although the early mornings are a killer. The paper shop lady says it will get easier but over 10 weeks into the new show I'm still struggling.

I must say, there have been some fantastic presenters who have sat in the Breakfast Seat at Mansfield 103.2 and because of my longevity at the station I had the pleasure to work with a number of them (and maybe read them news, badly).

Trust me, they are hard acts to follow and I realise, with the station now over 11 years old, I have a lot to live up to.(You know who you are - much respect peeps).

All I will say is forgive me for being a little mad - I just want us to have fun together so sometimes we are going to have to be a bit random.

See you when you wake up tomorrow. (Unless its the weekend then you'll have to wake up with Si Gilmore (Sat) or David Fudger & Norman Cox (Sun)

Watko

PS I have a producer fella that works for me called Tiny Rob - watch out for him cos I think he's got a bright future ahead of him (his dad's in the light bulb business and says he'll give him a job if the radio thing doesn't work out) Only Kidding :)

Peace & Love

W

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