Peter Fairhead is a native of Chelmsford who moved to West Yorkshire as long ago as 1980. By then, life after grammar school had seen him working in Road Safety, then selling Mars bars, Rothmans cigarettes and finally Memorex cassettes!
A member of Hospital Radio Chelmsford since aged 14, Peter’s enthusiasm for music took him via work experience at BBC Radio Medway (Kent) to Radio Orwell (Suffolk) in 1978, after which Peter decided to call himself a professional radio man, and he remained a full-timer until the mid-1990’s.
Peter’s Country Music experience started as a sit-in for Radio Orwell’s Nigel Rennie. When he moved to Pennine Radio (West Yorkshire) in 1980 to present an afternoon show, Peter was also handed “Pennine Country” almost immediately, and ever since (with a few very short gaps) he has been compiling and presenting a Country show somewhere. Stations later included Classic Gold throughout Yorkshire, Lite AM and Fortune 1458 in Manchester and the north west, Wire FM in Warrington, and Big AM networked from Stoke on Trent to Cheshire, Gtr Manchester and Yorkshire.
Peter is especially proud to have been broadcasting Country Music on a successful FM station into this millennium though he accepted in 2003 that all good things come to an end. Then to his surprise he was headhunted for the launch of Hull’s KCFM and found himself with a new show on FM transmitting to East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. A takeover alas saw that too finish by the end of the last decade, since when Peter has been continuing his ten year relationship with community station BCB 106.6FM in Bradford. The programme has also expanded to be broadcast on a number of Community Radio stations.
Now semi retired, when not preparing and presenting radio shows, Peter enjoys life with partner Liz, cooking, walking along local canal towpaths, holidaying on narrowboat Solace, and watching good films and documentaries on tv.
Peter Fairhead presents his Country Show on South Norfolk Radio on at 18.00 on Tuesdays, and his Classic Gold & Guilty Pleasures show is broadcast at Midday on Fridays.