Jim Hawkins (radio presenter)

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Jim Hawkins
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Essex, England
Occupation Broadcaster
Employer BBC Radio Shropshire
Awards Sony Silver Award, 2002
Website jimhawkins.co.uk

Jim Hawkins (born 1962[1][2]) is a BBC radio presenter.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hawkins was born in Essex and brought up there and in Warwickshire, England.[3] He now lives in Shropshire.[4]

Career[edit]

Hawkins' broadcasting career began on a student radio station at Warwick University.[5] He worked for independent local radio station Mercia Sound from 1981 to 1983.[6] He joined BBC Radio 4 in 1984, writing and presenting the News Stand programme.[7] Hawkins has worked for several commercial and BBC local radio stations across the United Kingdom in various roles on both sides of the microphone,[7][8] including spells as a producer and manager.[8]

Hawkins has also worked for a disability-rights group and as a newspaper journalist, hotel restaurant pianist, and stagehand; at one point he ran the coconut shy on Brighton Pier.[8] During his career he has interviewed notable figures including Gordon Brown, Gene Simmons and Steve Cropper.[3][8]

Hawkins hosts a programme every weekday from 9 am to 12 noon on BBC Radio Shropshire called "Jim Hawkins in the Morning".[9] Hawkins uses Twitter to interact with listeners during the show,[5] having been persuaded to try Twitter after finding his Facebook experience disappointing.[5] Hawkins also hosts a Saturday night programme entitled "Saturday Night with Jim Hawkins" broadcast by BBC Shropshire, BBC Hereford & Worcester, and BBC Radio Stoke.[10] Since the December 2011 issue, on whose front cover he was pictured,[11] he has written a monthly column for Shropshire Life magazine.[12]

Awards[edit]

In 2002, Hawkins received a silver Sony Radio Academy Award in the "interactive" category, for his drive-time programme The Baldy Brothers on Century FM.[3][7][13] He was also highly commended at the BT sponsored Regional News and Current Affairs Awards.[7] Hawkins was one of five shortlisted for the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Speech Broadcaster of the Year Award.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jim Hawkins Diary". BBC Radio Shropshire. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Jim Hawkins. "Fat Losers! The BBC Shropshire Weight-Loss Weblog". BBC. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jim Hawkins". BBC Radio Shropshire. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Hawkins, Jim (2011-11-17). "Introducing Jim Hawkins!". Shropshire Life. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Radio star bringing Shropshire together". Shropshire Star. Archived from the original on 17 July 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "KPS.ORG.UK Mercia Sound Presenter – Jim Hawkins". www.kps.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  7. ^ a b c d "JIM HAWKINS is appearing in TRAMLINES as himself.". Livid Film Productions. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d "BBC Hereford & Worcester feature". BBC. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Jim Hawkins Diary". BBC Radio Shropshire. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "BBC – BBC Shropshire Programmes – Saturday Night with Jim Hawkins – Episodes coming up". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  11. ^ "Shropshire Life Single Issues". Shropshire Life. Archant: Cover. December 2011. ISSN 1469-3941. 
  12. ^ Hawkins, Jim (December 2011). "On The Record". Shropshire Life. Archant: 23. ISSN 1469-3941. 
  13. ^ "Sony Radio Academy Awards Winners 2002". Sony Radio Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 9 January 2003. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  14. ^ "Sony Radio Academy Awards 2006: nominations". The Guardian. March 28, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 

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