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Presenter Profile: Tim Bearder
Tim Bearder

Tim Bearder was born in South Africa to parents who had met and married within the space of a week and emigrated to the bush to study hyenas.

After studying Microbiology at Plymouth University Tim then travelled the world sidestepping a career in cancer research.

He eventually returned to Oxfordshire where he'd spent much of his childhood.

He rejoined his school friends and performed in their wildly underrated rock band.

At the same time he set up one of the county's first websites reviewing bands and this eventually led to his work at the BBC.

While at the BBC Tim has spent his time broadcasting on radio, TV and writing for News Online.

As well as establishing and presenting Radio Oxford's first local music programme he has also produced a number of dramas, radio plays and documentaries.

Q & A

1. How did you get into radio?

I used to draw cartoons of my colleagues in the offices of a computer firm where I used to work. One day a friend brought in an advert she had cut out of the local paper. She said that I was creative and should go for the job but I think it might have been that she did not like the pictures I drew of her.

2. What was your first broadcast?

I spent a long time persuading management that BBC Radio Oxford could benefit from a dedicated local music show and part of this campaign was an internet only 'radio show' that I presented live every Wednesday for half an hour. It was a good place to learn the ropes.

3. What other jobs have you done besides broadcasting?

I worked in a Crumb Factory in Bicester, making crumbs for fish fingers. It was a crummy job but I had to earn my crust.

4. What would you like to be if you weren't a radio presenter?

My father is a zoologist and I have been lucky enough to travel the world visiting some of the many students he has taught over the years. I film the work they are doing to save rare and endangered primates. My mother is a European politician and so I come from a family that loves a good debate. If I could do something that combines these two passions I would be a happy man.

5. What would listeners be surprised to learn about you?

I used to have a Spitfire, sadly it was the Triumph car variety rather than the plane. It is the kind of vehicle you look good in waiting for the AA man.

6. Which person would you most enjoy being stuck in a lift with?

My security team, legal advisors, make-up artist and my dogs Fluffy and Fow Fow.

7. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I'd probably buy that Spitfire back - a lottery win is what you need to run one of those things.

8. What is your worst habit?

I was once asked on an application form for a job at a petrol station what my worst characteristic was and I said it was my inability to criticise myself.

9. Tell us about your 1st:

Car : A Proton 1.5 Aeroback.

Job: Little Chef, £1.86 an hour. All I got were complaints about my pancakes.

Kiss: In the playground at primary school. I was informed I was going out with this girl at the beginning of break time and sadly I had been dumped by the end of it. It was a magical half hour although I do not remember actually speaking to her or seeing her after that fleeting peck on the lips.

Record: The Levellers.

10. What is your favourite?

Food: Prawns.

Sandwich: Prawns.

Place in Oxfordshire: Wayland's Smithy

Item of clothing: My kaftan.

Song: Ultrasound - Best Wishes.

Singer: Paul McCartney.

Film: Star Wars. No, Lord of the Rings. Hang on, Star Wars. Wait a minute, Lord of the Rings. I can't decide.

TV Show: Brass Eye.

Click here to email Tim.




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