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John Rea

John, born in Huntingdonshire & has lived in & around Huntingdonshire all his life.  Started collecting records circa 1970 and ran a mobile disco between the years of 1972-1984 in and around Cambridgeshire.

He gained his radio broadcasting training at Radio Hinchingbrooke in 1992 and three years later presenting his Rock & Roll Show on HCRfm with its first broadcast in the summer of 1995.  From that date he has been on-air on every HCRfm broadcast. Some of the rarer 50’s recordings being transferred to CD from original vinyl to add that authentic click, hiss & pop that we all know and  love – “the vinyl experience”.

What are your favourite hobbies?

Music, walking & gardening.

Favourite places?

Scotland for its mountains & bracing air, East Anglia for its flatness and tranquillity and Bournemouth & Poole for beautiful unspoilt beaches.

Favourite food?

Italian and hot, spicy Indian curries.

What would be your idea of a perfect day?

A reasonably early start to the day, when it’s quieter, for a decent walk  – no matter what the weather & ending up somewhere cosy for a cup of tea & a piece of cake followed by another walk home to burn off (some of) the calories.  Then, in the afternoon,  relaxing with an hour or two in the garden or messing around in my garden shed. Finally I’d have another walk, probably around the village, followed by a tasty evening meal and end the day with my favourite tunes  and/or or reading a book or doing a crossword. Perfect!

What would be a nightmare day?

Getting up late – from then on it’s downhill all the way!

What 3 words best sum you up?

Considerate, witty, genial – at least I’d like to think so!

What makes you laugh?

Silly simple things like Dad’s Army – even the repeats.

What is in your CD player at home at them moment?

I don’t have anything in the player at the moment as I’m currently listening to HCR.  Whenever I am out of the broadcast area then I will pop in a good Soul album from the likes of Aretha Franklin or a Rock & Roll CD from Roy Orbison or maybe the wonderful American Graffiti movie soundtrack.

What would you do if you didn’t do radio?

I’d spend some time turning my vinyl collection to MP3 files and compiling my favourite music CDs

What would you change about yourself if you could?

I’m not really that concerned about such things but a bit taller would be good as it would help when attending concerts or the theatre.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing my memory – memories are the mental pictures of your whole life.

Did you grow up locally?

Born in Fenstanton and never strayed too far – moved to Wennington (just north of Abbots Ripton), then onto Old Hurst, Colne, St.Ives, Fenstanton, Hartford, Godmanchester , Hemingford Grey and Cambridge which has always been my favourite City.  More recently moved back to St.Ives – just miss those meadows & the river too much.

What do you love most about Huntingdonshire?

The River Ouse, the many open meadows, the interesting & historic towns & villages & last but not least the people who live there.

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