from Steve Scruton & Ian Wyatt
Steve's involvement in radio began in the mid 1970's with Hospital Radio Chelmsford where he volunteered for over 15 years. During that time he became chairman for 10 years, was elected president, and continues to be an honorary member.
After working in studio production with local commercial radio, Steve was invited to join BBC Essex in 1988. He produced and presented the weekday afternoon show for 22 years along with production and presentation of weekend programmes. During that time he was a leading producer and presenter of the station's outside broadcasts.
Steve worked to forge links between BBC Essex and outside organisations bringing the BBC closer to many local communities. He has presented countless stage shows and concerts both outdoors and within theatre, and has hosted numerous events for local groups.
Steve feels his greatest achievement was bringing back the sound of 60's pirate radio. He created Pirate BBC Essex, a floating radio station off the Harwich coast, to mark the 40th anniversary of offshore radio. This resulted in Steve being presented to Her Majesty The Queen for services to the town in 2005.
Steve continues to work as a freelance broadcaster for the BBC and is enjoying working with new partners, hosting events and passing on his experience through training.
Ian's broadcasting career started as a result of a work experience placement with BBC Essex in 1993. He soon realised that his childhood love of radio was to be his chosen occupation. This led to work as a production assistant which fitted in with his studies at Anglia Ruskin University where he gained a BA Hons degree in Media and Sociology.
Ian began working full time at BBC Essex researching and setting up guests for a variety of programmes. After some live reporting, he was asked to present and produce the weekday early breakfast programme, which he did for five years.
Ian then went on to specialise in event coverage and outside broadcasts while presenting programmes at the weekend. He managed some of the station's biggest projects, such as airshows, roadshows and coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Essex in 2012.
After promotion to Senior Broadcast Journalist, Ian was able to combine successfully presenting and producing Weekend Breakfast with being a member of the management team where his responsibilities included events, marketing and line management.
Ian enjoys presenting and producing radio for the BBC, hosting events, recording voice overs and offering training courses from radio skills to media awareness.