Community radio presenter Gary Johnson finished his last breakfast on local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM, writes Jonathan Blanc.
Gary’s first Breakfast Show went live on June 29, 2019 – and until December 31, 2021, he had presented every day of the week (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), 600 shows in total.
His show updated listeners with local and national news, sports, entertainment, traffic information and travel between readings of a wide selection of music.
He also co-hosted his show every Thursday – “Thursday is the New Friday” – with talented local singer-songwriter Megan Lee.
Each show was broadcast from the state-of-the-art studios of The Cat Radio at Cheshire College – South & West in Crewe.
Gary has interrupted his show due to professional commitments. He is the managing director of Crewe Market Hall, which reopened earlier in 2021 after a £ 3million renovation.
He will always be involved with The Cat, as he is a non-executive director and will continue to host The Saturday Sports Show.
New Breakfast Show host Paul Jones takes over from Gary this month.
“It was an absolute privilege to host the Cat Breakfast show because for most radio stations, whether local or national, it is often considered one of the flagship shows,” Gary said.
“I will not miss the 5am departures, nor for that matter my wife Christine.
“However, I will miss the interaction and support of listeners who have logged in over my time in the hot seat.
“It allows me to warmly thank all of the listeners, program sponsor RK Henshall and traffic and travel sponsor Window Wizard.
“And finally, I would like to send my best wishes to new presenter Paul Jones, you will have a good time Paul, all the best.”
Chris Cadman, Managing Director of The Cat, said, “Gary came to The Cat without any radio experience and quickly became the much loved early morning voice.
“I’m sure The Cat listeners will miss Gary’s voice waking them up in the morning.
“Gary trades early in the morning for Saturday afternoon, bringing his own twist to our Saturday sports show.
“On behalf of all of us here at The Cat, thank you Gary for your commitment to these wee mornings – enjoy the lie in. “
The Cat is run by 40 volunteers and broadcasts 24 hours a day on 107.9 FM and online at http://thisisthecat.com/