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Presenter profile: Andy Comfort

Andy Comfort
Andy is one of the country's longest serving breakfast show hosts

This early morning presenter sets his alarm clock for 0400 each weekday and sees no reason to reset it.

Before making the break into journalism and radio, Andy Comfort was a teacher of modern languages.

After stints as a BBC trainee reporter in London, Shrewsbury and Southampton he became Grimsby reporter for BBC Radio Humberside in 1995.

"I really like going out on stories and meeting people," said Andy.

For someone who couldn't get out of bed to save his life when he was a boy, Andy Comfort's done pretty well. He's presented the Breakfast Show for more than 11 years and still enjoys working on the programme.

"Every day's different and over the years I've built up a really good rapport and relationship with the people of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It's an area I love and we're a friendly bunch here," said Andy.

An early meeting with a colleague turned into a more substantial collaboration.

"I remember one of my first big stories was the closure of the KP factory at Great Coates. It was there I met Lara King and then ended up presenting Breakfast with her a few years later."

Andy made the move from reporting to reading the news and producing and was then called on to stand in as a presenter on Saturday Breakfast.

Moving to the Breakfast Show saw him working with current BBC Humberside presenters: Lara King, Ruth Barcroft and Helen Philpot, as well as self-proclaimed legend, Kevin West.

Commenting on what makes Breakfast so special he said: "You need to have a sense of humour to work so early every morning.

"We have a great team here first thing. We all get on and take a pride in the show. I hope I put a smile on people's faces as they start their day."

Andy's early starts are assisted by his one-year-old daughter, who also enjoys irregular hours.

In his spare time, Andy's other hobby is expensive sometimes disappointing. Andy is a supporter of Ipswich Town.

Hear the Andy Comfort Breakfast Show, weekday morning from 6.30am to 9am on BBC Radio Humberside.

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