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Jim Hawkins every weekday morning
Jim Hawkins
Jim Hawkins

'Hats off to humanity.'... If Jim Hawkins's weekday show had a slogan, that would be it.

Every morning, Jim talks to you about what's going on in the world, and what's happening in your life.

It's not po-faced complaining, it's rigorous but it's fun and it's positive to the point of celebrating the good things about living in Shropshire.

Jim was born in Essex - his mum used to babysit Ian Dury - and grew up there and in Warwickshire.

Jim has worked in radio all over the country, and interviewed tons of big names; everyone from Prime Minister Gordon Brown (on a train heading to Shropshire) to Gene Simmons, the bass-player in the band, Kiss.

You don't have to be a big name to be on Jim's show, though. Some of his favourite moments have come from conversations with people like the widow of a local teacher, inspired to get involved with a local charity by the circumstances surrounding her husband's death.

Or the homeless people he talked to during a night on the streets in Shrewsbury, recording their thoughts and stories for a programme about sleeping rough.

Then there was the sex-worker who called Jim to tell how she'd left a massage parlour and now worked from home because it was less dangerous. You never know who or what you're going to hear next on Jim's show. That's what makes it so exciting!

And it's by no means all serious. Jim remembers the calls from people talking about their first trips to the cinema; what's hidden away in their sheds; weird things seen at football matches and the sensual delight of making toast.

Jim also hosts Saturday Night with Jim Hawkins from 6 pm. Jim seamlessly weaves an eclectic web of music that is guaranteed to make you turn the volume up and inspire a smile.

Jim Hawkins has worked at a variety of BBC and commercial radio stations including BBC Radio 4 and Century FM.

At Century he won the Sony Radio Academy Silver Award in 2002 in the 'Interactive' category for what the judges said was "outstanding and very, very funny …an almost placeless local radio programme, and very entertaining".

He was shortlisted for the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Speech Broadcaster of the Year Award.

Besides broadcasting, Jim Hawkins has also worked for a disability-rights group, been a pianist in a hotel restaurant, a stagehand and run the coconut shy on Brighton's Palace Pier!

Jim loves riding his bike, and playing guitar. He's a keen photographer (some of his pictures have been published in national magazines). He collects old radios and record players, and has a room crammed with old LPs and 78s.

You can contact Jim anytime on his mobile phone. Call or text him direct on 07809 598113. Jim will answer the phone himself if he can, or leave a message and he'll get back to you. And your comments could end up on the show!

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