Meet The Crew

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Mandy Morrow 

I was Cabin Crew for 23 years and in addition to being the Crew Radio Creator I’m also an award winning Radio Presenter. 

On New Years Day 22 years ago I fell into radio quite by accident.  A Journalist pal, having written a play to be broadcast for Hanukkah, desperately needed a replacement actor. He pleaded with me to step into the paws of a mother cat!  During the delicate (in more ways than one) recording, the station manager popped by and commented that I was the cat's whiskers, much to my pals annoyance. That kickstarted what has become the love of my life.  

 

To be honest 12 year old Mandy had already discovered  a talent for impromptu performances with a turntable and cans! No surprises there!

I will be bringing you Plane Talk & More,  Maury's Mixtape and Latin Fever!

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Pablo Requejo 

I am originally from Spain and I flew for 19 years before hanging up my wings last year. 

 

Radio has always been my love and passion and as such I achieved a Diploma from the London Academy of Television and Radio and completed a Voice Production course from City Lits. In the UK, I have presented features and recorded voiceovers for BEN TV, Pearson and Sony - something which was exciting  to be part of and fuelled my passion on the media front.

 

I started in Spanish radio 30 years ago working for different stations and I have continued doing voiceovers and media features ever since.

 

My “Weird and Wonderful World” show is one hour of guilty pleasure packed with colourful characters, incredible stories and truly global music.  Sunset Landings is a chilled out show for all those serious music fans out there. 

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Tricky 

They say ‘You’re never too young’ and those words ring true for me.

 

At the age of 9 I got my first Dj gig. My Dad pushed me in front of the turntables to select whilst he and the other grown up folk partied the night away. From there, the Dj dye was cast.

As a teen I set up my own sound system, a right of passage for any Dj in the 80s.

 

Regular stints on the party circuit followed with a chance to join the original Fresh FM team. Two years of unforgettable memories and fun followed.

When Fresh Fm closed in 1989 I returned to the club scene, then in 1994 a behind the scenes opportunity in radio  presented itself which resulted in me producing an Award winning show for Sheba

 

2015 saw me return to relaunched Fresh FM where I presented one of the most popular shows on the station before leaving to produce my own podcast show on Mixcloud.

Having been crew for many years I look forward to contributing to Crew radio

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Becci Tucker 

I started my flying career in 1997. 

 

Aside from travel and playing tennis, I have always had an interest in Mental Health and Emotional Well Being.

I am passionate about how the mind works and what makes us tick or not!

I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means that I am able to integrate different modalities into the therapy and am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am a First Aid for Mental Health trainer and strongly believe and advocate for ensuring Mental Health First Aiders are made compulsory within the workplace.

 

I am really looking forward to sharing this information on how we can develop different techniques to help ourselves in difficult times,  interviewing guests that work in Mental Health and also welcoming your queries and questions .

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Nick Dawes 

I’m originally from Kent, UK but was shipped out to Australia aged 4 and grew up there.  I’m still proudly British though!

I have family in Australia including the apple of my eye, my daughter! 

I’ve worked for a middle Eastern airline for 9 years and work in the premium cabin. 

 

I love the job for the travel of course, getting to places full of culture and history especially. I am also partial to a good beach and some shopping now and then. 

 

My passion for my job has also inspired me to set up a side business selling crew related products, e.g. passport covers, notebooks, mugs, t-shirts etc..

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Sarah Marina 

Welcome to my Rock ‘n’ Roll Carousel!

 

My show will take you for a spin back through the 1950s & early 1960s with classic hits from artists such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson and Bill Haley & The Comets. 

 

As well as Rock ‘n’ Roll, I will be bringing you music from the eras of Doo Wop, Swing, Rockabilly, RnB and even a little Electro Swing bringing it back to modern day vintage. 

When I’m not DJing at London clubs, or jiving at retro events and dance festivals across the UK, you’ll find me travelling the world as Cabin Crew. 

Over the past five years I’ve found some amazing vintage bars across the globe from Aberdeen to Australia, Tokyo to Thailand, and of course the USA where these styles of music originated. 

So, grab your Blue Suede Shoes and Let the Good Times Roll on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Carousel!

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Jarl Haugedal 

I started my flying career in my 20s, although discovered quite early on that I have a contagious entrepreneurial spirit boosted by enough energy to light up a radio station!

 

I was extremely fortunate to have been cast to host the 2010 Eurovision contest Big 4, Mr Gay World USA pageants, Next American Gay and to promote ongoing celebrity shows. I fully endorse LGBTQ both as an Activist and Advocate.

I have a passion for helping everyone I meet, whether on a personal or business level, reach their true potential to promote and market themselves accordingly.

Join me on my 'Euro Stoop talk from NYC show' where I'll be bringing you gossip from Eurovision and the Big Apple too! 

I definitely live by the mantras “the future is FULL of possibilities and variety is the spice of life!”…Enjoy the Moment!

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Si Dibdin 

Hi Simon here!  I’ve been flying 31 years. 

 

When I was a lad my big brother and I discovered an old record player/radio at a jumble sale and we excitedly purchased it along with a massive box of 45s.  For someone who had grown up happily listening to my parents music which included Classical, Big Band and the Beatles I suddenly discovered the world of Elvis, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding! As the player warmed up and gave off a dusty valve smell we would delight in listening to those legends of Rock and Soul!

 

Over the years, like so many people  I tuned in late at night to Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline.

 

 I went through the '70s rock and punk era and 80s synth pop but I always came back to the place where my heart was - my real passion - Soul music. 

 

I am looking forward to sharing with you my lifetime collection interspersed with new releases.

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Holly Dibdin 

My name is Holly Dibdin and both my Mum and Dad have both been Cabin Crew for over 30 years. You could say that Flying is in my DNA and I am no stranger to Staff Travel.

My love of music, of all genres and styles, comes mainly from my Dad. He would always have music on in the house or in the car and he always encouraged my brothers, sister and I to appreciate music.

I first discovered Country Music when my Dad took me with him on a trip to Nashville. The buzz of Broadway, the lights, the atmosphere and the many country bands playing live just had me hooked. The more I listened the more I understood it and the many stories and tales the songs tell.

I want to share with you those tunes, melodies and stories and the unique sound that is Country.

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Steve Chambers 

I worked for British Airways for 34 years and retired in 2006. I loved flying and have missed working with a great bunch of people!

 

When the opportunity came up to be part of this really exciting concept – Crew Radio – I did not hesitate to accept as I truly believe in Mandy’s vision for this station.

 

I joined hospital Radio Wey, when I retired and had 13 years both as a Presenter and Outside Broadcast Coordinator.  A house move was the only reason for giving this up… I have also been successful in voiceover work over the years.

 

I’m really looking forward to presenting my “In the Cruise” show which will mainly feature music to soothe, chill and relax to. It might even be the perfect tonic if you are suffering from Jet lag!

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Steph McCann

Welcome to Destination Health!  Steph here, and 2020 presented me with the opportunity to go from flying after 26 years to becoming a naturopathic health coach.  Being part of the Crew Radio team allows me to remain connected to the world of aviation with the added benefit of discussing all things related to improving our health and wellbeing.  Couple that with some great music to shake you up and soothe you as well! 

 

My passion is helping people improve how they live by working together as a team to understand  and prioritise their own self care.  When we look after No1 then no’s 2, 3, 4 …etc will reap the benefits of this positive action. “…Put on your own oxygen mask first” as we say in the trade.   

 

I’m a practising health coach and you can reach out to me here at the station or visit no1healthcoach.com - let me take you from Survive to Thrive! 

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DJ Luga 

My show, “Trippin Waves” will be a place you come to enjoy my unique blend/mix of many music genres, especially '80’s and '90s, taking you through different waves to reach that final destination.

I’m originally from Argentina, having been a Lawyer, Computer Technician and for the last 9 years, Flight Attendant. 

However, my love of music has always been my main passion – mixing my first tracks 20 years ago and in the latter years, producing.  This helped me to identify even tiny elements that make a track a trippy one!

 

I play in clubs, on radio shows and for private audiences. I've watched my reputation grow, as people started to identify with and enjoy DJ Luga’s spins!

Every set I make is a trip. One where you don't know where you are going but you don’t wanna leave!

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Ivan Jackson

I flew for 31 years. The last five years with the airline I was drawn into the world of community radio.

 

I am now head of production at BCfm93.2 in Bristol and produce and co-present the Award winning weekday ‘One Love Breakfast Show’ and also my own programme Showtime (which is the show you will hear on Crew Radio) dedicated to music and news from the world of theatre, film and TV.  

 

You can catch me regularly on BBC Radio Bristol. and BBC Somerset where I co -produce and co-present a weekly highlights show from BCfm 

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Shirley Blanch

Come and ‘get mindful’ with me!

 

I’m a mindfulness coach, meditation teacher, speaker and author with a passion for helping people take the power back over their own health and wellbeing by showing them how to incorporate mini-mindful life hacks into their own lives without having to find loads of extra time or meditate if they don’t want to. 

 

After losing my beloved dad to cancer in 2011, I started on a journey to find out how what we can do for ourselves to become healthier and happier and that’s how I discovered we are more powerful than we think!  

 

As well as guesting on BBC radio, I’ve appeared on numerous podcasts as well as co-hosting a podcast called the Mindfulness Café and I’m super excited to be able to bring everything I’ve learnt to Crew Radio in my ‘Get Mindful’ show which combines easy every day mini-mindful life hacks with a load of other great wellbeing techniques, motivational music and guided meditations to help people ditch the fear, feel the love and take the power back over their own lives. 

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Laurence C

The Global Get Down is a new world music show hosted by me, Laurence C. 

 

My love of World Music comes from my parents, whose record player introduced me to African beats, Rocksteady rhythms and Ska. As the third generation to work for an airline, my career follows in their footsteps too, but I chose to serve on planes rather than fix them. This became my ticket to gigs, parties and carnivals all over the world, and my globe-spanning playlists are compiled from the tracks I've gathered along the way. 

 

 

I've been collecting records all my life. Now it's time to dust off some of my favourites, and explore the stories behind them. The Global Get Down will take you on an eclectic musical journey to all corners of our beautiful planet, transporting you through time, space and genre.

 

I'm so excited to share these wonderful sounds with you on Crew Radio.

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Andy Britten 

When Mandy first told me about her Crew Radio project I was immediately sold on the idea. Even though I’m not crew I knew I wanted to be involved.

My background is in finance and risk management - looking after small businesses. I’ll be dealing with the same for the station and other admin. 

After 29-years with my last employer I was made redundant in 2020 so I feel I can relate to the uncertainties being faced by crew during these unprecedented times. 

Whilst I might be a finance man, my passion is music. My music collection stretches to thousands of albums. I play saxophone and am a student of maestro saxophonist Snake Davis (M People and soloist on Take That’s ‘A Million Love Songs'). I'd like to think I’m a half decent musician but maybe I’m biased!

I hope you enjoy Crew Radio’s exciting and diverse programmes. 

I’m proud to be part of the Crew Radio family.

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James Hardy 

Nuts, just nuts. That's me. A big wet mess, but fun with it. 

 

I bring a passion and zest to everything I touch from my flying carrier of 33 years with a big marsupial type airline to more recently with a rather fab side hustle as a VIP host onboard the world's most luxurious cruise ships.

 

Flying for me, and for so many others in this industry, is not just another job, it's a lifestyle, it's a meeting of like-minded individuals that see the world as a big shiny toy, a toy that demands to be played with. 

And play I do. And play I must.

And that is exactly what our new show is about, bringing together, for the first time on a truly global basis our extended family of aviators, made up of brothers and sisters in all the great airlines of the world, to talk about our favourite destinations. 

With a heavy emphasis on sharing tips and advice about the hidden gems of the great cities of the world that only the crew can sniff out. 

If you've ever been on a crew bus hurtling towards a brand new city and you've found yourself pleading for the old-timers to share their favourite cafes, bars and restaurants, the trustworthy money changer, and the dodgy one as well, the best massage, and which train to take to the local beach ... well that's our show, right there. Nothing more, nothing less. And it will every bit as fun, naughty and raucous.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, London? .... then you better tune us in, not tune us out, because the Aussies are coming.

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Catherine O'Connor

I have been a Flight Attendant for 25 years. I also have an Arts Degree majoring in Journalism and Literature. And although I have been a makeup artist, educational support person, teacher’s aide, and copywriter thanks to the flexibility of shift work it wasn’t until the pandemic and last lockdown in Melbourne that I put my copywriting skills to good use once more and teamed up with James Hardy. A friend and colleague James had some promotional advertising for some amazing cruises he had put together for crew.

Off the back of the success of this campaign and having the time to begin another project together our Plane Sailing - Podcast and YouTube videos were born.

To our surprise and delight, they were received so well and crew from around the world embraced our vision so enthusiastically that joining Crew Radio seemed like a very natural and exciting progression.

Each week we interview crew from international airliners and cruise lines both current and retired. Tapping into the incredible wealth of information and positivity these special characters possess, we share their favorite destinations and secret crew insider knowledge of where to shop, dine and how to survive the crazy world of international travel.

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Lauren Booth 


 

Music has the power to make us smile, bring us to tears, inspire - and make us dance. 

 

“I remember the very first time I really fell in love with music. I was 6 years old and I picked up the big heavy headphones of my Dad’s record player and proceeded to listen to the Solid Gold album. I was hooked straight away.

 

Music had played a big part in my life, from being in musical theatre, a dancer, a DJ - and currently working in fitness.

 

I now use music as a way to motivate and create a party like atmosphere for my participants in class, because when you’re dancing, smiling and having fun - it doesn’t feel like exercise at all!

 

I can’t wait to join the Crew Radio team and play some fresh music that is being used in fitness trends across the globe.

Coming in December 

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Michelle Donnelly 

Better known as Sweet Momma! 

I am the curator and developer of The Sweet Momma brand. What do I do?  The better question is what do I NOT do? In addition to being an entrepreneur  and a mum to both humans and pets, I spend my time living my purpose  which I do through my talk shows on IG and Clubhouse  as well as being a Meditation and Empowerment Coach.

 

I am grateful to be bringing  my special way of highlighting humans and topics to a bigger audience here on Crew Radio. Come and join me for an hour while I have great conversations with inspirational people from all over the world and highlight their amazing stories in my new late night talk show 

 'A Life of Altitude'!

Coming  January 2022