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Jimmy Carol

Jimmy Carol

Jimmy brings his irrepressible sense of fun to Sundays from 1100-1400. Call Jimmy on 0114 279 6699 or text 07786 205454. During the football close season, listen to his Saturday Afternoon Sports Show, with music, from 1400-1700.

What's your first memory?

My earliest memory is at primary school, doing sums using shells for counters; the teacher was a very large lady called Mrs Flowerty. I can also remember at the same school using the extremely cold outside toilets, which were 50 yards across the yard - brrrrrrr! Also going bean picking in the summer with my mum.

First record you bought?

I used to save hard to buy soul records, I think my first buy was Stevie Wonder, A Place In The Sun - I was 12 at the time and I remember buying it with my Christmas money.

A year later I managed to get hold of two copies of Stevie Wonder's Fingertips, on the yellow Oriole label. I ended up with a great soul record collection which was later stolen by a so-called friend.

Your favourite three songs?

This is really hard, my favourite 33 songs would be hard. Here goes, well I would have to pick Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, because it was No 1 in September 1982 when my first son was born. I was so chuffed that I walked around with a big daft grin on my face for weeks.

At No 2 would have to be country singer Alan Jackson with Drive, this is a fantastic song.

At No 1, well who else but the Fab Four, The Beatles, with Here, There and Everywhere - I just love this song.

Who's been your best interviewee & why?

Michael Flatley was superb, so bright and enthusiastic; Mike Tyson was extremely humble, considering he was known as "The Baddest Man On The Planet" and Robert Vaughan was great.

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

I said live on air "I Love You" to [former Spice Girl] Mel B; she said she loved me too - ahhhhh!

What's been your career highlight?

As far as my stage career goes, it would have to be a Royal Command Performance, but on radio, well being given the afternoon show has been a bit good and will take some topping for me!

How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

I like golf, when my back will let me play, and I like to go to Scotland as much as possible. I'm also addicted to charity shops.

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

My local pub, The New Inn, Chapel-en-le-Frith. I also like Castleton, Mam Tor, and Buxton.

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

My brother-in-law was in the Merchant Navy and he would tell me great tales about sailing the world, and so, I wanted to be a sailor, which I did, but it didn't really suit me.

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

A lift repair man!

Favourite food & drink?

Drink: Stones bitter & Scotch whisk. Food: anything except mustard, piccalilli or broad beans.

What do you never miss on television?

Well it used to be NYPD Blue or the Sopranos. Now... well if Liverpool have won it would be Match Of The Day.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would pay off all my bills, and with what was left I would buy a bag of chips! Seriously, I would look after all my immediate family and I'd buy a farm so I could keep Old English Game Bantams. I don't know why but, I've always wanted to keep these!

Jimmy Carol: Sundays 1400-1600 (and the Saturday Afternoon Sports Show during the football close season, 1400-1700).


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