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Presenter Profile: Will Banks
Will Banks

Will's not sure where his interest in soul music began - he wasn't brought up on it - but he's glad he found it.

"And don't ask me why I like it so much either," he says. "There's just something about it - the songwriting, the incredible singers, the arrangements.

"Above all it's the way they all come together with some sort of a feeling that's difficult to explain.

"Just listen to the music and hopefully you'll get it."

Basically, the Soul Prescription is Will's way of getting paid for playing the music he loves, but he hopes there's more to it than that.

"It's soul music that everyone knows and loves, but then I'll throw in something a little less well known, but equally as fantastic. The idea is to say 'if you liked that, then hopefully you'll like this.'"

"Some of the music I play is getting on for 50 years old but to me it still sounds so fresh and exciting. The Soul Prescription is just a small part of keeping that music alive".

Q & A

1. How did you get into radio?

By working hard and getting into debt! I did a work placement at BBC WM in Birmingham and refused to leave.

2. What was your first broadcast?

First for the Beeb was an early morning show at WM. I had to get up at 3.30am and I hated it.

3. What other jobs have you done besides broadcasting?

I did all sorts to pay my way through university. I was a DJ on a river cruiser which was fun. I got up at 4 in the morning to measure out cookie dough which wasn't.

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

I'd like to write a book or run a café. I have the menus and everything. Maybe one day…

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

I don't think I'm a very surprising person really. I'm not bad at darts and beat a bloke who once played for England. Is that surprising enough?

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

Do dead people count? Mozart.

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

You might not believe this but I really wouldn't like to win the lottery. I like to earn my money. If I earned that kind of money, I'd probably ponce around on a yacht and drive fast cars. Like James Bond but without the danger.

8. What is your worst habit?

Being grumpy. I'm a grumpy old man way before my time.

9. Tell us about your 1st:

Car: An old VW Golf.

Job: A paper round.

Kiss: Honestly can't remember but I'm sure it was some awful teenage thing.

Record/CD: Huey Lewis & the News.

10. What is your favourite?

Food: Anything Italian.

Sandwich: I make a mean Mediterranean style goats cheese and vegetable sandwich. If I do say so myself.

Place in Oxfordshire: The Pitt Rivers Museum - it's dark and mysterious and everything a museum should be. Thame is lovely on a Saturday morning.

Item of clothing: I don't really have a favourite but I have a great collection of t-shirts. I don't ever wear most of them but I can't bear to give them away!

Song: Where do I start? I couldn't even narrow it down to 100.

Singer: Also tough - Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, Nina Simone, James Carr…I could go on.

Film: You can't beat Star Wars. Buster Keaton's 'The General' makes me laugh, and I love The Wicker Man too.

TV Show: Beavis & Butthead. The fact that it still makes me laugh proves that I'm yet to grow up.

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