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John Barnes


John may be new to the station, but he is far from new to radio, having worked on the radio in Lancashire since 1994.

He originally moved up from the West Midlands to become News Editor at Rock FM and Red Rose Gold in 1994. He later spend over 20 years at BBC Radio Lancashire before deciding to take a little bit more time for himself in January 2021. His favourite period at the BBC was the 10 years presenting the late show on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester.

John has also worked for the BBC on television in the Midlands and on the radio in Birmingham, Worcester and Reading. In commercial radio John has managed stations in Wales and Yorkshire as well as presenting in Northampton, Dunstable, Gloucester and Bristol. 

Outside of radio John is a Director of Bay Search & Rescue in Morecambe Bay and the national Maritime Volunteer Service, so we're certain none of us will ever feel lost at sea with him around. He’s also the town crier of St. Anne’s on the Sea and used to spend many weekends indulging in historic re-enactment specialising in the English Civil War and the Napoleonic period. 

John has been with his husband Dave for more than 25 years.

My Musical Moment:

Anyone who used to listen to my late show on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester will know I love folk, country and Americana, as well as pop and rock of the 70’s to 90’s. I have real fondness for the West Coast Sound which is known today as ‘Yacht Rock’.

Kathy Mattea - Ready For the Storm

For me Kathy is one of the greatest voices of country music and this cover of a song by Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean still has the power to move me to tears.

Show Of Hands - Country Life

Possibly the most iconic song from the West Country based acoustic legends. 

Seals and Crofts - Get Closer

Marvellous 1976 hit by the Los Angeles based soft rock duo. It was a big hit in the USA but did nothing in this country which is a real shame because it's a fantastic song.