I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce myself. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at doing that; often when asked to introduce myself in five words I say "a nice guy who can't count".
I've been part of Bolton FM since it started in 2008. A look back in this paper's archive tells me its 9 years to the day that the station was granted a license to broadcast on FM. It was over a year later before we officially launched at the One Bolton festival on 20th June 2009.
During that time I've done many things for and with the station from presenting and producing radio, writing grants and selling airtime to 'brick walking' and tackling a 72oz steak.
The reason I'm passionate about Bolton FM is because of its 'social gain' - what it can and does do for Bolton. We've promoted and supported groups and organisations; helped people to gain skills to go on in further education or work; we've helped people regain confidence after their life has been turned upside down.
We've done everything people expect a radio station to do and more much more. There's still more to do.
Talking of which last Saturday saw Bolton FM at the Market Place for Sing Bolton, Sing. Seven weeks of auditions have flown by and there are only two more weeks of auditions left.
Now spring has arrived you'll be seeing Bolton FM out and about even more on roadshows and outside broadcasts. Next Tuesday sees us at 'The Big Bolton Expo' at the Bridge Conference Centre on Bradford Street.
If you're holding an event and would like us to be there then give us a call.
Which reminds me - it is Mothers Day on Sunday. We've set up a request line for your dedications. If you would like a song dedicated to your mum on Sunday call 0345 3110 965 and leave us a message.
-- 'On the Air' appeared in the Bolton News on Thursday 23 March 2017.