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Howard Andrew "Andy" Crane (born 24 February 1964, Morecambe, Lancashire) is an English television and radio presenter, best known for presenting Children's BBC between 1987 and 1990 and for his current work as presenter on BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Crane started his career in radio before applying for Children's BBC in 1986, making his debut late that year before taking over as sole presenter from Philip Schofield. This role saw him present the interstitial sections of the schedule through the use of in-vision continuity. Presenting from the continuity announcer's booth, nicknamed 'The Broom Cupboard', Crane presented links on until leaving in 1990, to be replaced by Andi Peters. In addition to Children's BBC, Crane also acted as a relief presenter on Top of the Pops in 1988 and 1989 and was famously thrown into the gunk tank on the first Comic Relief telethon. After leaving the BBC, Crane moved to present the hit technology magazine Bad Influence!, for CITV, between 1992 to 1996. He also presented Motormouth and What's Up Doc? on weekend mornings during the early 1990s. From 1997 to 1999, Andy was one of the in-vision continuity presenters on Challenge TV. He later appeared on the television show Banzai, where he put random items on a washing machine and viewers at home could bet on which would fall off first.
In recent years, Crane could be found once again presenting radio programmes, breaking to present Channel M Today, the local news programme for Manchester based Channel M, for which he received the Best Regional Presenter award at the Royal Television Society North West Awards 2009. Between January 2012 and March 2013, he presented the weekday drive time and Saturday breakfast programmes on BBC Radio Manchester. As of April 2013, he can still be heard presenting Saturday breakfast on BBC Radio Manchester, along with Sunday breakfast on BBC Radio Sheffield and various shows on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Crane married his wife, Caroline, in June 1992. They have three daughters; Eleanor Rachel born August 1993, Annabel Lucy born April 1995 and Elizabeth Florence born 1998. The family currently reside in Derbyshire.
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