Bob left ‘skool’ at 16 and became an apprentice with GEC Telecommunication in Coventry specialising in Radio and Line Communication.
He then served 14 years in the British Army (Royal Signals) during which he obtained a First Class honours degree in Communications Engineering.
He made a smooth transition into Special Communication/Central Government where he was a World Traveller looking after Emergency Communications for embassies overseas.
His interest in broadcast radio was when he was posted to Ascension Island. He was asked to, initially, look after the MF transmitter for ZD8VR (Volcano Radio). From this acorn, a mighty oak grew (fnar) he Co-Presented a cult show on Volcano Radio called the Six Pack Special, a play on words. You older listeners might remember the Six Five Special on TV.
When he moved back to Wales in 2000, he became a trustee for the Tircoed Village Trust. Community Radio at that time was in its infancy. The trust took a major step and decided to broadcast its first RSL to support the Village Fete. It was such a success that a resident from the village came to us with an open cheque book to allow us to do it again for a month over the Christmas period.
We developed a fantastic working relationship with BBC Wales and Head of News Julie Barton.
Owen Money and Roy Noble broadcast their BBC Wales/Cymru shows from the Radio Tircoed Studio simultaneously.
Bob is proud of the fact that Radio Tircoed has gone from strength to strength and they are now awaiting their third term of Community Radio broadcasting.