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Bob Chadwick


Bob lives in Smithybridge with his gorgeous wife Merrilyn, two cats and a daft dog.

He's been running discos since his schools days in the 70's, advancing to hospital radio in 1980 and then spending an astounding 27 years at Birch Radio, Rochdale before founding Roch Valley Radio in Bury. If ever there was a safe pair of hands at the station, it's Bob.

Radio is clearly one of his great loves, helped by the fact that he found his other great love, Merrilyn whilst working in radio. He's even passed the passion on to his stepson who's now "banging out choons" in Florida! It's good, but it's no Rossendale Valley.

Since retiring from his day job with Rochdale Council in the HIghways and Engineering Department, Bob has thrown himself further into his life long fundraising endeavours for the NSPCC. He has trekked his way up (and down) Machu Picchu, the Indian Himalayas, mountains in Russia and Morocco and even Everest Base Camp. Basically, if it's a huge mountain, Bob will trek it in exchange for charitable donations and we love him for it.

Not content with being Chairman of the Rochdale branch of his beloved NSPCC, he is also Secretary and Past President of the Rotary Club of Rochdale and Vice-Chairman of Govenors at Redwood SEN School.

To treat himself afer ridiculously dangerous and scary things like climbing mountains on his world travels, Bob loves to tick another Hard Rock Cafe off his list of ones to visit. So far, he at 35, including Moscow, Honolulu, Sydney and Argentina. Frankly, we think he easily earns those burgers and a couple of hours surrounded by music, guitars and free drinks refills!

You can hear Bob on Valley Driveevery weekday.

My Musical Moment:

I'm into all kinds of music but the band I've seen live the most is Simply Red. We watched them in a thunderstorm at Harewood House once. It started to rain when Mick Hucknall steped on to the stage and stopped as soon as he left. The encore however was under a lovely moonlight sky.

Meatloaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light

In total contrast to Simply Red, this song always makes me smile and has me singing along.

Like I said, I love ALL kinds of music :)