It was a good year for us too!
2012 - do you remember...?
Meet the team
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Leighton Morris has been waking up "High Peakers" since the first day of broadcast in April 2004. He presents the "flagship" Breakfast show on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He does a similar job on Ashbourne Radio on Mondays and Fridays, and pops into Monday's Dales Drive with all the latest traffic and travel news as well.
Leighton loves to get out and about, and can be often seen at outside broadcasts; he particularly loves the Christmas lights switch-ons.
He previously worked for Radio Mansfield and Century 106 where has was known as "the Buzzard". He was one of the presenters who worked on the Radio Buxton broadcasts during the previous century, which led to the formation of High Peak Radio. He leaps out of bed at 4 o'clock each morning - and twice a week asks himself why, as he has weekends off.
He loves America, and visits the country whenever he can. His ambition is "one day" to work in radio across the Atlantic. But hopefully not for a while yet!
David Heathcote is another stalwart of the trial broadcasts. He produces a "Thought for Sunday" at around 6.30am.
David does some of the trickier support work for the station – for example, editing this website. He works for ITV Central as a planning journalist, and occasionally can be seen in the background of late evening weather forecasts. One day he hopes to win a BAFTA award for this.
On Friday afternoons, he slips across to Ashbourne Radio and reports traffic and travel news on Dales Drive.
Previously a deputy head teacher, David doesn't get angry with the rest of the team, but he can be "very, very disappointed" with them.
Barry Jarvis presents the Sunday Weekend Wake-up (or as he prefers to call it, the BIG Weekend Show). His main feature has the High Peak consulting Google, maps, friends, neighbours and elderly relatives to discover this week's location for "Road to the Roast". The promise of a free Sunday lunch for four at one of the High Peak's eateries means Barry and his "angels" are kept busy on the phones.
Weekdays you'll find him in the studio from 10am onwards as he brings his unique style to The Morning Show.
Barry has worked on several Midland radio stations and was involved in the early trial broadcasts for High Peak Radio. His studio was struck by lightning in the very first programme but he still managed to be back on air in 45 seconds.
Barry is still a very busy and popular live DJ in venues around the UK including a riverboat of all things. He previously toured with the top 70s show Disco Inferno for nearly 5 years. He runs his own production company, Everest Productions, and owns his own recording studio.
Steve Jenner is a founding director of the station and with brother Paul masterminded the trial broadcasts which started in 1999 and the putting together of the company High Peak Radio Ltd. He read the opening message on the station, and now presents the weekday Drive show. He commentated on High Peak Radio's first football outside broadcast, from the Silverlands.
He also works for the Plain English Campaign in New Mills as a media consultant ,and as such has appeared on most BBC local stations up and down the country as well as BBC Radio 4 and 5, and counts BBC 2, ITV, BBC 24, Sky News and CNN amongst his screen credits.
He likes really dangerous real ale – you know, the black stuff with a weird name and lumps in it, chips and gravy, reads more than is normal for any human being, is stuffed full of useless information about obscure and ancient hit records, has the loudest mobile phone in the world and wastes huge amounts of staff time asking people to help him find his glasses. He has an ambition to present a programme live from on-board his narrowboat from Whaley Bridge basin, or maybe Bugsworth.
Chris Carnegy is the presenter of High Peak Radio's night time secret weapon Love Town. This mix of Chris' soothing tones and the best love songs in the world means the show is hugely popular, errrm… nocturnal entertainment.
Chris was a founding director at Sony Award Winning Spire FM in Salisbury. He has also worked for the BBC World Service amongst other BBC roles. Chris also presents on Ashbourne Radio.
Already an accomplished yachtsman, he's now learnt how to fly. Given the fact that he recently blew his car engine by forgetting to put any engine oil in it, ever, we’re all learning how to duck.
Craig Pattison is, along with Mark Atherton, our "Batman" presenter. He can present virtually every show on the station and sometimes has to do so at short notice!
He presents Breakfast on Mondays and Fridays, has his own show Lazy Sunday on Sunday afternoons and also appears at many of our outside broadcast events, either at the venue or in the studio. He used to work on Chesterfield's commercial radio station, Peak FM.
Lissa Cook is a valuable member of the news team and is often referred to as our Chinley Correspondent - she just loves the place. Lissa has in the past worked at the BBC as a senior producer.
Her first job of any shift at High Peak Radio is to put the kettle on, so the rest of the staff await her arrival at the studios with barely-concealed excitement.
Zoe is High Peak Radio's voice of Speedway in Buxton. Often referred to by fellow sports presenter Norman Taylor as "the girl on the bike with the mic".
She is always easy to spot at the speedway - after all, who could miss those pink boots!
Damian joined High Peak Radio in late 2009 as a freelance presenter, and quickly earned a reputation as a good all-rounder. He covered first the Saturday breakfast show, then the weekday morning shows, next the weekday afternoon show, and now he's back presenting Saturday's Weekend Wake-Up.
His favourite film character is Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear. (That's where I've seen that smile before!! Ed) And if Pixar ever remake Toy Story, Damian's available to do his voice.
He has been in the Entertainment business for 18 years, and has done everything from Weddings to Funerals and Quiz Nights; he's appeared on BBC1's “The Weakest Link” with Anne Robinson. He still works in pubs, clubs, bars and hotels across the North of England.
Damian has previously worked with Galaxy 102 and Imagine FM, and was Unit One Entertainment DJ of the Year 2004; he also won Unit One Club & Bar DJ of the Year 2005.
Always the professional, Damian likes to take his own headphones into the studio. At the end of his show, he leaves the studio to the cry of "To infinity - and beyond!" But he actually just goes to the supermarket.
Well, what can we say about our part-time Accounts Administrator, Dominique? She has a heart of gold, and a head of hair whose colour changes with the seasons. (Purple was good, Dom! Ed)
She works as a local pub landlady, and when asked what she does in her spare time, she says: "I don't have any, I'm a local pub landlady!"
She collects model giraffes, and is responsible for putting more giraffes in High Peak Radio Reception than Barry Jarvis has had hot dinners. (No WAY!! Ed) That's the reason for the long face in the photo - that, and Dom HATES having her own photo taken.
She likes nothing more than running a hot bubble bath and relaxing with a good book - crime novels, mostly. Oh, and she's a Fanilow (if you don't know what that means, don't ask!!)
James Ellis is Tele Sales Executive at High Peak Radio.
This cheeky chappy from Chinley is the youngest and quite possibly the funniest member of the team! He’s recently graduated in Music and Promotion with a Bachelor-of-Arts honours degree and loves music and radio sales, so he fits in at High Peak Radio just fine!
When taking a well-earned break from the phones, he can often be found raiding the station’s kitchen cupboards for his strange addiction to tortilla crisps and hot salsa dip!
Rebecca Cassidy is Senior Journalist at High Peak Radio. She studied Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University and graduated in July 2012.
Whilst studying for her degree, she spent two summers working in the USA at a children’s camp in New York, and then Blizzard Beach, at Walt Disney World in Florida.
When not interviewing and reading the news, Rebecca loves to be out and about with family and friends, eating out, exploring and travelling.
She’s an American devotee, and has ticked several of her dream destinations off the list, but there’s still a few more to conquer!
Missing from our airwaves for far too long, Paul Jenner is back on High Peak Radio, presenting The Vinyl Years each weekday lunchtime.
A founding director of High Peak Radio nearly a decade ago, Paul also returns as Director of Sales for the station.
A disc jockey from almost as soon as he could walk, Paul recalls his first light show consisted of two coloured light bulbs, and a switch that had to be operated manually!