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Rony Robinson

Rony Robinson

Rony debates the issues of the day every weekday from 12-3pm. Join in the Forum by phoning 0114 279 6699 or texting 07786 20 5454.

On Sundays you can hear Rony talking to a mystery panel about the hot topics of the week. From 9am he's In The Garden with gardening expert Neil Grant, and then it's time for Rony's Challenge.

What's your first memory?

It's of my dad letting go of my five-year-old hand in the playground of All Saints C of E School in Totley. A lifetime later, I did exactly the same thing in exactly the same place to my son Goronwy.

First record you bought?

Bob Dylan's More Greatest Hits.

Your favourite three songs?

They change every day.

Today they are:

John Tams, Bitter Withy (from his newest award-winningest album)

Arctic Monkeys, Mardybum

Nilsson, Without You

Who's been your best interviewee & why?

Paula Yates, Geoffrey Boycott, Doris Stokes. We all so obviously loathed each other (but I won).

What's the most embarrassing thing you've said on-air?

Getting city of Sheffield back-to-front was pretty bad. And I said I'll go to the foot of our stairs wrong on an outside broadcast from Hathersage.

I did slag off management in the vilest languages during the opening of Meadowhall retail park and realised it was being broadcast. Luckily in those days the bosses didn't listen!

What's been your career highlight?

It's not happened yet, but for now:

  • Being called a 'genius' from the stage of the National Theatre by Michael Gough
  • Being called 'very funny' by the New Statesman for my Faber novel The Beano
  • Coming fourth in the Prix Italia (and a Sony maybe still to come )for the BBC Radio 4 play Last Loves I wrote last year with the amazing Sally Goldsmith
  • All the Sony's etc I've got (and not got but should have) thanks to Radio Sheffield and the fab people I've worked with here, including the latest and bossiest, Katrina Bunker
  • Counting down (for £500!) the Millennium from the Town Hall balcony surrounded by two Bishops, a Lord Mayor, a Master Cutler and 15,000 guests
  • Jenny Day sitting on me in a hot air balloon, live, broadcasting naked from the Turkish baths in Doncaster, and getting in the News of the World newspaper for it
  • That moment every morning when I tell South Yorkshire it's midday and the red light goes on (though preferably the other way round)

How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

Writing, dogrambling, autoharping, painting, writing, churchvisiting, walking, cooking, boozing, painting, theatregoing, bookshopping, writing, singing, texting, e-mailing, reading, swimming, courting, blogging, familying, and writing...

Favourite place in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire - and why?

The field between my house and the Crown, with its crumbly wall, and chuckling River Sheaf and crooked trees, where Maisie and I walk every day and where, ages ago, Miss took all our class and we dangled our feet in the water while she read Tom Sawyer to us.

As a 10-year-old child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I used to lie in bed being a radio station after writing my stories in a big notebook. (Be careful what you dream).

Who would you like to be trapped in a lift with?

Goronwy, Eleanor and Megan, off flying these days and not easily caged (and I'd like Lily and Gethin and Geth to be there as well).

Favourite food & drink?

Red wine, tea, very real beer, Madras meat with boiled rice and lime pickle, tinned blackcurrants, black coffee, sugarless muesli, big oranges, fish and chips in Robin Hood's Bay.

What do you never miss on television?

Big Brother. I used to want to write like Chekhov. Now I want to go in The House

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would form a travelling theatre company. We would take over an old cinema and do new plays and old plays and Brecht plays and plays with songs and film and dance and jugglers, and we'd celebrate the real stories of real people, and have a laugh and change the world a bit, and go on Radio Sheffield every day to tell everybody everybody can do it.

Rony Robinson: Monday to Friday 1200-1500 and Sundays 0800-1100

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