1974 Rick Easter
Rick’s an Essex lad and spent his first 24 years residing there before moving south of the river to the ‘Garden Of England’ when he got married. His love of radio started back in the 60s when in short trousers overhearing the pop music being played by the pirate radio stations of the time, Radio Caroline and Radio London ‘Big L’.
This led to recording DIY radio shows on a Ferguson ‘Reel to Reel’ tape recorder owned by his older brother.
After leaving school Rick went into the travel industry having failed to get a job as a telephone engineer. He spent 20 years working for different companies specialising in business travel and finally became manager of the travel department at the South Bank TV studios. Radio was still in the blood and Rick worked freelance at weekends for a community radio station and for a commercial station in Crawley, West Sussex.
Rick was also in demand for providing voice-overs and has provided the service for GMTV, Granada TV, BBC and others. Rick was invited to talk to Premier prior to the station going on air back in 1994 and was offered a position as a presenter and the rest, as they say, is history.
Hi Rick, hows it going mate? I remember you at school being interested in radio stuff. You were holding a pretend mic once saying that you were interviewing me for a new show you were making… lol how weird.
Hope you’re ok
Hi Paul great to hear from you. Hope you’re ok and ageing gracefully! Hey, just think in around four years time we can get our freedom bus passes! Where on earth have all those years gone?
We have three kids, all grown up, our eldest has launched, one about to launch and one who I think will be with us for ever.
I’m still working full time, love to retire early but just can’t do it at the moment. Also battling a rare cancer and having regular chemo which is stabilising the condition but sadly can’t be cured. Fortunately not suffering many side effects so life can be reasonably normal.
Take care of yourself Paul. Cheers for now.
Sorry to hear about the cancer, hopefully you are not in pain and can still do what you love to do. I have one son, who is 27 and living in his own place, but I see him as much as poss. Yes bus passes soon, can’t wait lol. Keep in touch and kick cancer’s butt mate, and be positive and just do what you do.
Hi Rick! You don’t know me but I’m one of the Premier prayer supporters & I’ve been sharing in your journey as you battle your cancer.
I feel very close to you as my husband passed away from leukaemia four & a half years ago so feel I have an understanding of what you & your wife are going through. I pray the Lord will be gracious to you & give you strength for your trip to your son’s wedding next month.
You’re both very much in my thoughts & prayers.
God bless, strengthen & heal you & give you His peace.
Hi, I love your programmes. Just writing to ask how you??? .. and your family … doing? Miss you on the radio 😭 but maybe you’re on at a weird time that I don’t yet know about. I have ME so can’t keep on top of things 😜 Look out for today’s blessings! Carol
Hi Carol, thanks for getting in touch. I’m quite well at the moment and continuing to respond to treatment. Sadly I won’t be returning to Premier. I’ve been made redundant. Really sad about it, going to miss my listeners.
This not public knowledge yet so keep it under your hat. Remaining on Furlough until 28th October and that is my last day. Take care and thank you for your listenetship. Rick
Hi Rick you just came to mind. Miss you on the radio. Hope you are well and may you continue to be blessed in Jesus name. Amen
Sad to hear that you are going to be made redundant. I think I will stop listening to Premier Radio soon because lunch time doesn’t feel the same anymore.
The term ‘Keep it under your hat’ Richard Easter mentioned originated at the battle of Agincourt, I believe. Our archers, when on the march in the rain or dampness, were told to remove their bow strings and put them under their hat to keep them dry or they’d be all loose and soggy if they got wet. That’s all folks. Over and out.
Hi Rick. Sorry to hear you have been made redundant at Premier Radio. Hope you remember me as I lived next door to you growing up in Barley Lane. What are you up to now? Hope your cancer is under control. I’ve had two lots of it myself. How’s Roger. Hope to hear back from you soon. Take care.
Hi Rick, miss you on premier. I loved the cow song you use to play. You played a beautiful song called ‘See you in Heaven’ by Guardian in 1995. This lifted my spirits because I was grieving at the time for a loved one who had recently passed. I have never heard it again but I wrote to you and you told me where I can purchase it. I love you and I miss you at lunchtime.