Gerry Anderson (broadcaster)
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Gerald Michael Anderson, known professionally as Gerry Anderson (born 1944) is a
Northern IrishSony Award-winning radio and television broadcaster from Derry, who works for BBC Northern Ireland, and a member of the Radio AcademyHall of fame.
Broadcasting in Northern Ireland
Originally a touring rock musician in
Ireland, he started in radio at BBC Radio Foylein 1985, the local station in his home city which he sometimes calls ‘Stroke City’ to reflect the difficulty regarding broadcasting the name of Derry/Londonderry (each name is preferred by a different part of the local community). Starting with Making the Tea, on with music but then also moving on to talk shows. His programme was picked up by BBC Radio Ulsterand given a wider audience. The Gerry Anderson Show is currently broadcast daily on BBC Radio Ulster from 10.30 am to 11.55am, and calls made to the show form the basis of BBC NI's animated TV comedy series "On The Air". In addition, he presents various television series for BBC Northern Ireland.
BBC Radio 4came calling, and he was contracted to present an afternoon show on the UK's most respected speech radio station. "Anderson Country" used phone-ins and broadened the range of accents heard on the station. The audience reaction was polarised - with regular listeners either loving or hating it for its dramatic shift in tone and subject from normal Radio 4 fare. It became the subject of a sustained and surprisingly vitriolic campaign against it. Eventually "Anderson Country" was taken off the air. However BBC Radio 4 essentially continued the programme under the name "The Afternoon Shift", with two alternating presenters, the Irish broadcaster Daire Brehanand the sociologist Professor Laurie Taylor. Gerry returned to Northern Ireland where he remained popular, sometimes presenting television as well as radio, and even made new programmes for Radio 4 such as "Gerry's Bar".
His contribution to solving the
Derry/Londonderry name disputewas to popularise the jocular name "Stroke City" (from the "/" in the city's neutral designation), which became the title of one of his radio programmes from 1992. It led some of his friends to rename him "Gerry/Londongerry".
Career in Music
* Anderson taught himself guitar and in 1963 relocated to Manchester where he worked in clubs, and eventually toured in Scotland, England and Canada with a showband called
The Chessmen, and, from 1972, with a band called Ronnie Hawkinsand the Hawks.
* He is often confused with the other
Gerry Anderson(of Thunderbirds fame), so much so that when he was called to be told that he had been inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame, he immediately asked the voice on the phone if they had contacted the wrong person.
* He graduated from the University of Ulster as a mature student, with a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and a postgraduate Diploma in Continuing Education.
* His previous jobs include: an apprentice tool-maker, a clerk in a shipping firm, a musician, a teacher, a social worker and editor of a community magazine.Gerry was a 'social work assistant', not a qualified social worker. His job was to assess the needs of elderly clients regarding home help services and then to arrange said service.
Sony Award1990 for Best Regional Broadcaster
* Broadcaster of the Year at the Entertainment and Media Awards, 1991, 1992 and 1993
* [http://www.radioacademy.org/halloffame/anderson_g/index.shtml Radio Academy Hall of Fame]
* Royal Television Society Regional Presenter of the Year 2004
* Autobiography: "Surviving Stroke City" (Hutchinson, 1989).
Working Life in Brief
*1963-1963: Guitarist in various clubs,
Manchester, and with The Chessmen
*1972-1972: Guitarist with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks
University of Ulster
*1978-1984: Teacher, social worker, community magazine writer and editor, occasional broadcasting.
*1985-present: Daily radio show presenter,
BBC Radio Foyle/ BBC Radio Ulster.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radiofoyle/programmes/gerryanderson/biog.shtml Radio Foyle biography]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radiofoyle/programmes/gerryanderson/index.shtml The Gerry Anderson Show webpage]
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