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Howard Bentham at Breakfast
Howard Betham
Howard loves sport and has played hockey at National League level

Howard Bentham is the presenter of BBC Hereford & Worcester's award winning Breakfast Show, but it's not his only job, nor is it the first one he's had!

As well as being on the air from 6am Monday to Friday, he also teaches at a Prep School in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Other careers have included office furniture salesman and sports coach.

After being bitten by the broadcasting bug, he started in hospital radio, moved into commercial radio and then onto the BBC.

Born in Bedford in 1965 and educated in the town, he left home to study Geography and Sociology at Birmingham University in 1984.

After graduating, he found himself working as a hockey coach in Birmingham.

The experience fired up an interest in teaching, and he qualified from the same university with a post-graduate certificate in primary education.

This was followed by three very happy years at a junior school in Harborne in the city, enjoying a fantastic time with some very bright kids, and actually doing some teaching as well.

An opportunity to try his hand in the business world was too good to miss, so the journey now went from the school yard to the hard-nosed environment of sales.

This was a very steep learning curve, but people seemed to like his pitch, and he had four and a half very good years before the company was sold, and it was time to change tack again.

He opted to go back into teaching and gained a post at a prep school in Stratford-upon-Avon.

During this time he also developed his interest in radio, presenting shows on hospital radio in Dudley in the West Midlands.

However, his first real chance came on the Wolverhampton station, WABC Classic Gold, hosting the graveyard stint from midnight through until 6am at the weekends.

From overnights in Wolverhampton to pretty much anything he could fit in at The Bear 102 in Stratford.

His sporting interests led to some exciting work on Five Live and Five Live Sports Extra for the BBC.

There he has hosted many programmes, covering events as diverse as Champions League and Premiership Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union's major domestic finals, as well as Peoples' Saturday at Wimbledon and Test Match cricket.

He was also the stadium announcer for the hockey tournament at the Commonwealth Games, held in Manchester in 2002, and is part of BBC Hereford & Worcester's ball-by-ball cricket commentary team.

Howard Bentham at Breakfast is on air from 6am on weekdays.





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