ROBBIE Dee has been entertaining audiences across Cumbria for 20 years now, whether on stage, on screen or on his much-loved breakfast radio show.
The Londoner who moved to Cumbria to take over CFM’s morning show 20 years ago today, fell in love with the county and is an instantly recognizable face – and voice – to the hundreds of thousands of people who listen to his show ‘Robbie Dee in the Morning’ religiously.
Talk to The Cumberland News on how it all started, Robbie said: “It doesn’t feel like 20 years – it’s amazing. I just flashed in a lot of ways.
“I remember my very first day at CFM, I remember it like it was yesterday – sitting there a little nervous, but here we are 20 years later and it’s so beautiful.”
Robbie moved to Cumbria, after being kicked out of a radio station in London – since moving 20 years ago he and wife Karen have fallen in love with the county, with children Oliver, 13, and Sophie, 11 years old, both born in Carlisle.
The father-of-two says after 20 years in the county he and his family would “never go anywhere else”.
Robbie said: “Karen and I have lifelong friends we’ve made here and we would never live anywhere else.
“My only regret is that I didn’t find Cumbria sooner.
“I love Cumbria, you know I live and breathe this place – I love the people, I love the sincerity of the people of Cumbria, I love the humor here which is one of the reasons I believe that I was so successful because of my daft sense of humor, which I think sounds a lot like the humor here, it was just meant to be.”
Asked about his best moments, the presenter said there were perhaps ‘too many’ to mention, he said: ‘Just the laughs, the fun and all the things we’ve done over the last 20 years , I’ve always said that obviously I host the show, but the radio show has always been about people in our area.
“It’s about bringing people together from all over Cumbria and having a laugh, especially with life as it is at the moment, so much woe and sadness, conflict across the world, so I’m a little relieved in people’s lives.”
Robbie said his work with Cash for Kids, which has raised hundreds of thousands over the years, has been a hugely rewarding part of his job.
He said: “It’s a great part of the job and a great thing to do, it’s a real asset to giving back and raising a lot of money for the very disadvantaged children in our area.”
Robbie credits his success to the “incredible people” who have supported him over the past 20 years, whether on stage or on TV.
He said: “I would just like to say thank you – it’s not good for me to be on the radio, to be on television or to be on the Sand stage if there is no one there. listen or watch, it’s the first sign of madness talking to you.
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“I would just say thank you – for all the laughs, for all the conversations and thank you for letting me be a part of your life every day.”
This year will also be Robbie’s 20th year at Sand’s Center Panto and will be a “very proud father” to perform alongside his daughter Sophie in this year’s production of Aladdin.
And it’s definitely far from over; Wrapping up the interview, Robbie teased some exciting plans for the future.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to next year. Let’s just say 2023 is going to be a very exciting year for Robbie Dee.”
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