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Allan Watkiss

Allan Watkiss

If you like country music, old and new, from the UK and abroad, then Allan Watkiss is your man. Listen to Your Country every Sunday from 1600-1900. Find out what Allan wanted to be when he "grew up"...

What's your first memory?

A day trip to Scarborough when I was two (I think).

First record you bought?

Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton.

Your favourite three songs?

Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles (probably the song that made me love country music).

Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold (a great story song, which is musically amazing).

'Til I Gain Control Again - Rodney Crowell (not so well known, but guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end).

Who's been your best interviewee & why?

John McCririck. I love horse racing, and I like his sense of humour. I like to think I wound him up as much as he wound me up.

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

I recently gave away some tickets to a concert which I thought was on a Wednesday. In fact it was on a Tuesday. I only got hold of the winner five minutes before he set off to see the show which was actually the night before. Sorry Don. And thanks for being so accommodating of my incompetence.

What's been your career highlight?

Launching Your Country on BBC Radio Sheffield - and sticking at it for over five years.

How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

Cycling, swimming, watching horse racing, watching documentaries, listening to country music, eating out and playing computer games. All at the same time. No - I can only do one thing at once - seriously.

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

Clifton Park in Rotherham - I used to go there lots as a child.

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

A train driver. I still wouldn't mind giving it a go.

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

Any country singer and a guitar.

Favourite food & drink?

Anything with barbecue sauce.

What do you never miss on television?

The Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on BBC Two. Only once a year though.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I'd buy myself a place in Nashville.


Allan Watkiss: Sundays 1600-1900




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