Stu Haycock is Stafford born and bred. Born in Burton House to be precise. His love for being on the radio started when he was at school. In fact, it was probably down to Mr.Kirkham’s RE lesson’s at Blessed William Howard that kicked off his obsession with wanting to be on the radio. He’d sit at the back of the class and listen to his walkman for the whole tutorial.
Stu started in radio whilst still at school, and was fortunate enough to land his own late night radio show on Signal Radio. He stayed at Signal for some 8 years, presenting the ‘world famous’ Late Night Love Affair, and he was often heard covering the Stafford Breakfast Show.
After his time at Signal, Stu was poached by one of the North West’s biggest radio station’s, 97.4 Rock FM – where he took over the Late Show, achieving the highest audience figures, in the station’s history. Following a successful 2 years at Rock FM, Dubai came calling, and so he packed his bags and left for a totally new experience in the United Arab Emirates.
Stu arrived at Channel 4 FM and landed the ‘Hot Evening Show’, whilst producing the station’s imaging, and heading up themusic scheduling department. The sunshine and care-free living finally got to Stu, and so after 2 years, he left.
After arriving back in the UK, Stu was offered the chance to join Yorkshire’s biggest radio station, Hallam FM, and so he jumped straight in, where he stayed for a while presenting every show on the station.
From Hallam, Stu then moved onto Mercia FM in Coventry, and then Century FM back in the North West. He also accepted a job back at Signal, but after a few year’s at the station, he decided to head south, after being offered the Afternoon/ Drive Show on Beacon Radio.Whilst at Beacon, Stu was the voice of sport, as he launched the football commentaries that the radio station is now home to.
He was tasked with presenting, producing and leading the sports coverage at Beacon, and after 6 fruitful year’s, landed a Sony Radio Academy Gold Award. Stu was presenting the Mid Morning Show when the decision was taken to make cut’s tothe radio station, and along with 2 of his colleagues, he left Beacon in December 2009.
That’s where Stu’s long lasting relationship with radio came to an end. Being a very proud father to Samuel, and Emily, Stu made the decision to leave the industry to get some stability in his life, and is now a Sales Consultant with the family business. However, some 12 months on, and the idea for a community radio station for Stafford was born. This seem’s so perfect for Stu, with the excitement of broadcasting to his hometown once more, it was a no brainer. Stafford FM is the future.
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