John Collins

John’s fascination with radio began in the early 1970s, when his parents finally allowed him to have a transistor radio. At 14 he was presenting on his local hospital radio station and after emerging from university with a computing degree he joined BBC Scotland’s Audio Unit and learned how to make radio and TV programmes from some of his childhood heroes. Moving through the ranks he moved on to produce and present many different shows across the network, ultimately producing Earshot for Radio Scotland and the early version of Radio Five. In the 90s he moved to commercial radio, initially as a DJ and (after winning Sony Gold in 1994) as a manager. Two spells at Radio Forth and a decade working for groups that don’t exist any more later he settled into a freelance role combining producing radio programmes (mostly for BBC radio), presenting radio programmes and teaching people how to make programmes. John now looks after media at Reid Kerr College in Paisley and finds time to be actively involved in the development of radio teaching across Scotland. He’s also secretary of the Scottish branch of the Radio Academy, a regular podcaster and enthusiastic social media user. These loves are all combined when his local radio station lets him on the radio at weekends.