Stuart James

Stuart is married with a grown-up son and daughter; he lives
in East Sussex just outside of Hastings. His radio career began
in 1976 in hospital radio for the Woolwich Hospitals
Broadcasting Service. In the same year he went to work, as a
studio assistant, for BBC Medway, now called BBC Kent.
In 1979 he joined P&O Cruises as an Entertainment
Officer/Disc Jockey, on board SS Oriana and SS Canberra.
Whilst overseas, he was offered freelance work in Gibraltar
for the British Forces Broadcasting Service. He took up their
offer and made regular visits to cover for holidays on the late
show.
In 1983 he took up the full-time post of Breakfast Show
Presenter with the Commercial Radio Station for Ipswich,
called Radio Orwell, now called Heart.
At the end of his contract with Orwell, he was offered a full-
time freelance position with Radio Wyvern and Radio Tees.
BFBS also offered him the role of Presenter/Producer, which
would be a staff post, so in 1985 he joined their biggest radio
station BFBS Germany, first in the regional studios of Berlin,
then in Cologne, as the Network Breakfast Show Presenter
with a daily audience of 10 million listeners.
After leaving Germany Stuart travelled with BFBS to
Gibraltar, Belize, Hong Kong, Paderborn Germany, Brunei,
London, Bosnia and Catterick.
During his twelve years with BFBS Stuart held many
positions, such as, Presenter, Senior Producer, Music Director,
Station Manager, Head of Presentation and Deputy Controller
Worldwide Programming BFBS London.

Stuart left BFBS in 1997 as he was very unhappy with the
way radio had changed to a computerised music scheduling
format with no opportunity to have any musical input in to his
show. Stuart went on to work for KFM Tonbridge, European
Klassic Rock via Satellite, Sovereign Radio Eastbourne and
BBC World Service in Network Operations.
Stuart has also been seen on many tv programmes and films
over the years as a walk on. he has appeared in The Bill,
EastEnders, Holby, Star Wars, Jack & the Beanstalk and
many others.
Over the last few years Stuart has again been involved in
radio, more behind the scenes with various internet radio
companies.
But now he is really looking forward to getting back to his
first love, presenting.
Stuart said “I can’t wait to start broadcasting, picking my own
music again and formatting the show, just like radio used to
be. It’s going to be great” You can find out how ‘The Golden
Jukebox’ project came to be by visiting his website
www.thegoldenjukebox.com