Well 2013 certainly had some moments, good and bad. The good include my BBC 3 Counties Radio Show going from strength to strength. Listener figures were up and the podcast has been an internet sensation. Thanks to everyone who listened and who downloads it. If you want to find out more about the show you can click HERE
I was also lucky enough to win the Nick Clarke Award for best broadcast interview of 2013. I was up against some incredible competition including Krishnan Guru-Murphy and Victoria Derybshire, so it was a real honour to come first.
Workwise, 2014 is looking very busy. For the first time in a long time I am having to turn work down. Breakfast on 3CR is continuing – weekday mornings 6 until 9. I am spoilt by having the most awesome team to work with in the mornings. Producer Katherine Boyle is a genius, political reporter Paul Scoins is hilarious, J-Dog Dealey is a one man broadcasting machine and Kelly Betts is a girl. Together we own radio. We’ve got some good bits up our sleeve already planned so keep listening.
I’m very excited as well to be hosting Saturday mornings 9-12 on BBC West Midlands on a permanent basis. No podcast I’m afraid but you can listen live and to old episodes HERE. It’s a bit slower than the 3CR show is as much as the callers get longer to chat. I’m dead chuffed to be working for two BBC stations doing completely different shows.
I’ve also been promoted in the world of Big Brother. I am now hosting along side the mighty Rylan on the Saturday evening spin off show Big Brother’s Bit On The Psych. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be hosting y first studio based show in about 10 years. The whole team is lovely and this series should be a corker. My first episode is Saturday January 4th. Here are three videos I filmed in advance of the series starting.
Ooh yeah, I am getting my first ever music article published in a proper magazine! It is of course about The Monkees and is for the excellent Shindig! Magazine. I thoroughly recommend you old heads and fans of good music rush out and buy it.
I’m also carrying on with my regular online column about the best and worst bits of the internet. Your help is vital in this so have a look HERE at some old ones and then post any suggestions you may have on my FB page www.facebook.com/iainleeofficial
Sky News has been wonderful to me and I shall be popping up there quite a few Sunday mornings to review the papers. It’s at the jolly times of 6.40, 7.40 and 8.40! What’s a lie in?
I’m also going to be on the London edition of Inside Out. I have one piece already filmed about taxidermy. Trust me, it works.
What else? Oh yes, in March I am travelling to New York in America to attend the 2014 Monkees Convention. I am not only screening some rare Monkees videos from my collection, but I shall also be filming a documentary about fandom and just how obsessed some fans can be. If you’re going and fancy being in the film, then do please email email@example.com and also check out the Monkees FB page I run www.facebook.com/monkeesbootlegs
There was going to be a live show this year, I had even booked a venue in Croydon for March 8th, but I bottled it and cancelled it. It isn’t a Set The Agenda, it was just a one man show, what would have been my first, but then, well, you know, I got scared. I THINK it’s a good idea, I just don’t know for sure. And also, I feel too old to be putting myself through that stress. Who knows, maybe.
And as you have been so lovely, here is a little bonus. A rerelease of the Pocket Radio Show interview I conducted with songwriter Bobby Hart.