Meet the team
Andy Bailey, Station Manager
The station manager Andy Bailey has lived in Herefordshire for nine years since finishing his Degree in Radio production and Media at the University of Westminster in north west London. Though Andy comes from London he was no stranger to Herefordshire as, prior to commencing his degree studies he spent three years studying Music Technology and Media at Hereford’s Royal national college for the blind (The RNC).
Andy has had a love of radio since an early age appearing, aged 7, on the BBC’s In touch programme (a magazine programme on Radio 4 for Blind and partially sighted people), although his vocabulary wasn’t well formed, answering most questions with “yep” or “nope”- something he says his son has inherited!
He started his broadcasting career aged fourteen on his school’s radio stations, Dorton Radio, run by the Royal London society for the Blind, and later at Sixth Form College.
At university, he was involved with the student radio station as well as a number of community radio stations around the country. He also worked with the RNIB on “in-site Radio” (now “RNIB Connect Radio”) based in Glasgow, which at the time was broadcasted nationally on SKY.
He says: “Radio gave me a platform to be myself and gave me opportunities to express my self, my ideas and showcase the music I loved listening too to more people than just my dorm mates. It was a truly valuable escape for me during some tough times as well, and I am glad to be able to be a part of a project that wants to do this for others”.
Andy is currently the Vice Chair of Herefordshire Vision links . “Working with HVL over the last few years has given me an insight into the charity sector in Herefordshire and the challenges they face on a daily basis. The Reach Out project and Reach Radio are fantastic opportunities for charities and individuals alike, and I am committed to making Reach Radio as positively impactful for the Herefordshire community as I can, I have lots of ideas which I think will bring enjoyment, entertainment and oportunities to our communities in Herefordshire – and I cant wait to start that journey with our listeners.”
Andy is a self confessed geek and lover of technology, driving his wife to distraction with his love of trains, and his wish for a model railway layout, though he vehemently denies being a train spotter.
He lives in Hereford with his wife Suzanne and their two Guide Dogs.