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About Me

Taking a break in the studio


None of the following is essential reading - it's just to 'flesh me out' a bit!

I was born in Hampstead, London. My father, mother and older brother emigrated to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when I was about two years old, and we returned about five years later, by which time I had another brother. After a couple of years in Oxford, we finally settled as a family in a village called Highcliffe, about ten miles from Bournemouth on the south coast.

I was schooled at Boscombe Convent, where the reading aloud came into play again, as I regularly read at school Assembly in our concert hall. I used to get awarded 'good marks' by the teachers who snuck in at the back of the Hall and said they could hear 'every word' I spoke - and there was no microphone. And I was only small!

I attended the Polytechnic of Central London - which has now turned into Westminster University - and studied for two years to be a bi-lingual secretary (French and English with a smattering of Spanish). That was followed by a few brief years doing secretarial work in London and back home in Bournemouth, before I applied to join 2CR, the embryonic Independent Local Radio station. They took a gamble on me, and gave me a job as a trainee technical operator.

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Broadcasting live on 2CR
I spent seven very happy years with 2CR, moving from technical operation to commercial production and then programme presentation.

I presented the weekend breakfast shows, a late night show, a lunchtime-interview-visiting-celebrities- show, a weekly round-up show and a programme which involved me visiting dozens of villages all over Hampshire and Dorset in order to interview the local 'characters'.

It was huge fun. Eventually I left 2CR when it changed its programme schedule to one of four-hour top-40 playlist strip music shows, which I found less interesting and challenging.

Finally, in 1990 I joined the BBC as a newsreader/announcer for Radio 2. After nearly twenty-two very happy years with Radio 2, the network is rationalising its news delivery and sensibly (but sadly for us) cutting its dedicated newsreaders in favour of
journalist-readers.

OTHER INTERESTS

I am a Catholic and have written, and had published, three short what I call 'holy' books. I recorded an audio version of one of these. The books were called Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, Venite Adoremus and Thy Will be Done. They are published by McCrimmon Publishing of Great Wakering and are available from Amazon. I have also written a small number of articles for the Catholic press.

Whenever I have spare time I keep an eye on an inspirational retired Catholic priest who is in his eighties and suffers from failing eyesight. So, once again, I am reading aloud and being appreciated, I hope!

Contact Fran: Call 07553 98 28 17     Email: fran@frangodfrey.com