Tony Wadsworth

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Tony Wadsworth is a British radio presenter who can currently be heard on BBC Radio Leicester, where he presents the mid-morning show on Saturdays and Sundays.[1]

Wadsworth was born in Leicester, and worked for a time in his family's business, before getting into broadcasting. His credits include long stints at both BBC Radio Leicester, and BBC Radio WM, where he was appointed Programme Organiser and joined the management team in 1991. From the BBC WM studios at Pebble Mill in Birmingham, he presented all the mainstream programmes including Breakfast and Drive. Alongside his wife Julie Mayer, he also presented the regional Late Show shared by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, BBC Radio Derby, BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Hereford and Worcester. He returned to his hometown and BBC Radio Leicester in 2005.

In 1982, he presented a programme 'live' from the Savoy Hotel in London to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the BBC. This was networked throughout the local radio chain nationally. Live music was provided by the Midnite Follies Orchestra and guest stars included legendary show business, radio and television greats Dame Anna Neagle, Charlie Chester, Henry Hall, Maurice Denham, Leslie Mitchell and Richard Murdoch.

In the mid-eighties he appeared in three pantomimes at De Montfort Hall Leicester with Larry Grayson, Ian Lavender and Bernard Bresslaw.

Among celebrities interviewed are notably: Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Attenborough, Sir David Attenborough, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mickey Rooney, Petula Clark, Diana Dors, Tommy Steele and Joan Collins.

Awards include a Sony award for the Best Local Radio Programme, a Gillard gold award for the Best Daytime Programme, a Gillard silver award for the reality radio soap series: The Street, and a Gillard bronze award for The Street Party. He holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters awarded in 2012 by De Montfort University Leicester in recognition of his services to broadcasting and to the Leicestershire Community.[2]


  1. ^ "The Media Briefing". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Honorands 2012". De Montfort University. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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