Alex's life in radio began at a station in Gloucester, employed illegally from the age of fourteen.
Jobs there included doing exciting things like taking an inventory of microphone stands, answering the Lost Pet Line and giving himself a hernia moving a grand piano on his own (all true).
As the son of a Yorkshireman, the homing instinct soon kicked in and Alex came to Leeds University in 1994 where he landed his first radio show on Leeds Student Radio. Being a wacky student type at the time with massive hair, the show comprised of lots off-the-wall studenty features such as 'Rude Word Of The Day' and 'Soups Of Our Lifetime'. In an attempt to earn some extra beer money, he also got some work with the AA reading travel news for radio stations across the North of England.
Whilst there, the boss of Minster FM's sister station in Harrogate heard him, and once a spare embroidered promotional bomber jacket became available, Alex made his move full time into presenting.
When he joined Minster FM in January 2003, he initially worked as a respectable journalist and newsreader. But unfortunately having to dress smart for the role quickly took its toll. The serious chaffing from his collar and tie meant that a more relaxed, casual job was the only option, and so Alex was given a job as a presenter.
Outside radio, Alex cites his interests as bog-snorkelling, macrame, and playing the oboe but those were only put on his CV to bump the length up a bit. In truth, he's a keen beekeeper, and has been known to bring the odd jar of honey into Minster FM. He also runs a lot (which is handy when the bees get angry), and in April 2011 ran the London Marathon, raising over £3,000 for charity. You can still view his training blog here.
Alex also is quite handy with all things internet, and designs and updates this website.
On The Show
Alex plays songs and talks in between some of them.
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Alex with Olly MursAlex having just crossed the finish line of the 2011 London Marathon