KL.FM Off-Air by Ross Birkenshaw

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What a friendly, beautiful place to live and work. Stepping off the train for the first time, as I nervously made my way to my interview for the News Editor’s job at KLFM, that was the only thing going through my mind. I had totally forgotten all of the other things I planned to say to Darren Taylor to impress him and hopefully get the job.

I did get the job and have been in King’s Lynn for about a month now. I’m in the process of moving my life up here from Kent and cannot wait to be based here permanently.

I do have a question though…Is there anyone in King’s Lynn who doesn’t know station boss Darren Taylor. From taxi drivers to hotel receptionists and from bank workers to one of the lovely ladies who works on the tills at Sainsbury’s. He really is Mr King’s Lynn. I’m still not 100% sure what he said to me that really made me want to come live and work here. I’m glad he did though.

The fact that Darren is so well known, shows the reputation of him and indeed the whole station. The other day I actually interviewed Darren after our recent listening figures were published and he simply said: “West Norfolk is KLFM and KLFM is West Norfolk”. I couldn’t agree more even in my short time here.

So a little bit about me. I grew up in London/Kent, have been a journalist for over 15 years. I started off in radio working for a commercial station in Sussex for a couple of years, then moved to Kent (back to my roots), headed to the Midlands for 4 years working for the BBC, freelancing in both commercial radio and the BBC since. And now I’m here.

One of my great passions is motorsport – I’ve not missed a single F1 race in 19 years. I’ve already put the dates of the British Touring Car Championship and British Superbike Championship meetings at Snetterton in my diary. If you’ve never been – it really is a fantastic day out. I’m slowly getting to know my way around King’s Lynn, especially visiting some of the wonderful hostelries in the town, tasting a few of the fine ales - and the odd G’n’T.

I’m deeply passionate about news and the impact it can have. I really want to get KLFM News to represent everyone who listens to the radio station. I aim to take the news output “into the community” telling the stories that really matter to the people of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. I honestly believe that everyone has a story to tell and KLFM is the place for it to be heard on the radio. So if you have something to say, please do get in touch.

I have some very exciting plans in the pipeline to strengthen and improve what we do and how we do it, so stay tuned. One of the very first things I’m already working on, is getting greater access to our MPs, getting them to tell about all the goings on in Westminster and giving all of the decision makers in our community the occasional grilling. So, exciting times ahead.

If you see me about, please do stop and say hello. I can’t wait to become a real part of this amazing community.