Tony Gillham

After being told by a number of pirate radio ships when he was 15 that he was ‘too young’ for a job, Tony Gillham set up his own station, which he broadcast to his neighbours. Tony said: ‘After setting it up, the local paper in Colchester heard about it and wrote an article about me, and then the radio ships got to hear about it and one of them invited me to go on one for a day, and that’s where it all started.’

Tony then worked at a hospital radio station in Essex for eight years before working in several nightclubs abroad while still sending demonstration tapes to radio stations in the UK. His radio career has seen him in the role of Programme Controller at Classic Gold Radio, and he has been a presenter on BBC stations, including Radio Jersey and Radio Cambridge for over 19 years.

Tony set up Black Cat Radio Ltd and in 2015 Ofcom granted the station a full-time FM licence. Tony is one of the station’s Directors.

Through the week you can hear Tony present The Home Run between 4pm and 7pm Wednesday to Friday, and his famous Gilliam Gold programme on Saturday mornings from 1pm to 3pm, and a brand new version – 2 hours of Gillham Gold Mellow, on Sundays at 10am.

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