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The ‘Purrfect’ Guests for the Afternoon Stroll

Here’s a special chance for regular listeners of David Jay’s ‘Afternoon Stroll’ to put a face to the name of the special guest presenters who have been appearing on Susy Radio over the past few weeks.
Since David’s own cat Winston retired from the airwaves earlier this year other guest presenters have stepped in to help David as he keeps the music and chat flowing during his regular Afternoon Stroll.
Just recently David has been joined by ‘The Tribe’ who are three gorgeous kittens, Winston 2, Marley and Lady who belong to loyal Susy listeners Scouse Lee and Sandie from Smallfield.
Keep listening to the Afternoon Stroll with David Jay on Susy Radio for more guest presenters and quite possibly more from ‘the Tribe’ in the not too distant future.

Pet Presenter Winston 2
L/r Marley and Lady relaxing before the show

Tess talks ‘Treasure Island’ with the St Mark’s Players

St Mark’s Players’ are an amateur theatre company based in Reigate. Peter Jackson and Christine Knox, from the company, came to the Susy Radio studio on Monday and spoke to Tess Lewsey about their next production ‘TREASURE ISLAND Almost a pantomime’.
It will be performed at St Mark’s Church Centre, Alma Road, Reigate on 23 & 24 November 2017

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Sumi Wang speaks at Redhill Business Guild breakfast meeting

Redhill Business Guild (RBG) held its first breakfast meeting on Wednesday 27th September at Three Central on London Road, Redhill.
RBG Breakfast Club is a series of morning business networking events that provides each delegate the opportunity to connect with other members of the Redhill business community. These events also offer the opportunity to hear from a local guest speaker about their business’s journey and experiences whilst enjoying a complimentary breakfast buffet of bacon sandwiches, pastries and fresh fruit.


Redhill Business Guild (RBG) Breakfast Club welcomes their first presenter Sumi Wang.
Picture shows:
Sumi Wang and the eFOLDI
Redhill Business Guild (RBG) Breakfast Club welcomes their first presenter Sumi Wang.
Picture shows:
Sumi Wang and the eFOLDI

Simon Bland gave the opening speech during which he expressed his love for Redhill. Following his speech the RBG Breakfast Club welcomed the Guild’s first presenter Sumi Wang, the local Redhill entrepreneur behind the eFOLDi, a collapsible mobility scooter, which won British Invention of the Year and the Reigate and Banstead Entrepreneurs Academy. eFOLDI also came runner up in the Richard Branson VOOM business awards.

Sumi and her father, who together designed and pitched the eFOLDi, had a fantastic story to share, one that reaches all the way to the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe. Sumi provided an illuminating presentation of the eFOLDI mobility scooter.

Simon Bland, Economic Prosperity Programme Manager at Reigate and Banstead Council said: “I’m really pleased by the way the meeting has gone today, we’ve had a good turnout, a good cross section of people and all engaged really, really well, people talking to each other and I thought we had a really good presentation from for the first event.”

Redhill Business Guild (RBG) Breakfast Club welcomes their first presenter Sumi Wang.
Picture shows:
L/r Simon Bland, Economic Prosperity Programme Manager at Reigate and Banstead Council, Sumi Wang, eFOLDI and (seated) Richard Coad, Borough Councillor for Redhill East.

Borough Councillor for Redhill East, Richard Coad said: “This is a business networking breakfast with a very good representation of the Redhill businesses here, all networking together. This is something that the Redhill business community has been crying out for a long, long time, and now, one year into the Business Guild, we’re holding this fantastic event, with Sumi Wang as our guest speaker.”

Redhill Business Guild (RBG) Breakfast Club welcomes their first presenter Sumi Wang.
Picture shows:
Borough Councillor for Redhill East, Richard Coad and the eFOLDI

Among those attending the first RBG Breakfast Club were Jerry O’Leary, Chairman of Redhill Football Club, Belfry Shopping Centre Manager Andy Nash, Vicky and Dave from VIDA Training and Alix from the Include Choir, an inclusive choir of people with and without communication, memory or learning difficulties.

Established in September 2016 and representing a wide cross-section of businesses the Redhill Business Guild promotes and improves the trading interests of all its members and welcomes all proactive businesses wishing to join the Guild to help us achieve our objectives and become a part of the Redhill business community.

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Chairman of Redhill Business Guild, Richard Coad

Simon Bland, Economic Prosperity Programme Manager at Reigate and Banstead Council

For more information go to the Redhill Business Guild website –

A Tribute to Pirate Radio – Fifty Years On.

“It was 50 Years Ago Today” is a special tribute show which looks back to the events of 1964-68 when ‘pirate radio’ stations Radio Caroline and Radio London were declared illegal after the introduction of the Marine Offences Act.

Susy stalwarts Jim Richman, an engineer on Radio Caroline North off the Isle of Man in the 60s and David Jay, an avid teenage listener in Surrey are retelling a well known story – with a run through the history of those years at sea, plus a taste of some of the ‘turntable hits’ of the day and the material which gave the stations their unique sounds: accompanied by some personal memories, which will be the original content in this view of a moment in time which was endlessly thrilling for those who were there, and which changed the faces of radio and of music for ever.

Although Radio Caroline’s North and South services are better remembered, not least because they battled on after being declared illegal, Radio London (‘The Big L’) was by far the biggest and most successful station, and it closed for ever at 3pm on 14 August 1967.

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Eric Martin remembers “The Tower of Power”

On 4th September, 2003, when SUSY Radio was campaigning for a permanent license, a special programme was broadcast which introduced Eric Martin as a special guest of the “Alan French Afternoon Show”.

Eric was one of the pioneering DJ’s of the pirate radio era of the 1960s, and broadcast on Radio City which was based on an old war-time fort located on Shivering Sands in the Thames Estuary.

Formerly Radio Sutch, the station commenced broadcasting on 27th May, 1964 on 1542kHz (194 metres), and in September, 1964, was taken over by Lord Sutch’s manager, Reginald Calvert who invested in new equipment including a more powerful transmitter, changed frequency to 1003kHz (299 metres), and re-launched as Radio City (“your Tower of Power”).

Eric joined Radio City in 1966 as an 18 year old, often presenting the 6am – 10am breakfast programme, and stayed with the station until a few days before it closed down in 1967. He then followed a completely different career until his retirement, when the opportunity allowed him to return to the airwaves, broadcasting under the name of Richard Lee.

Audio quality isn’t the best as the recording is many years old now, and some of the included archive from the 60s is even older!

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Audio courtesy of Richard Lee and Ian Rennison