BOSSES at Ashbourne Radio have announced changes to the station’s line-up of presenters.
Heather Cairney, who lives in Ashbourne and has been with the Windmill Lane-based station since its early years, will be leaving her breakfast show to pursue a career in education.
The show will be taken on by a new member of the team, Dan Todd, who has recently emerged from a first-class degree in broadcasting.
Steve Jenner, a director at Ashbourne Radio, will remain on his regular Drive Time slot but former Ashbourne Radio presenter Craig Pattison returns to present the Sunday morning show.
Mark Atherton, from Chesterfield, will be presenting the morning show as Barry Jarvis leaves to present the weekday breakfast show on Ashbourne Radio’s sister station High Peak Radio.
Helen Dennison, who is also from Ashbourne, continues managing admin for the station as well as being the weather girl and operating the Dales Diary, the station’s most popular feature.
Steve Jenner told the News Telegraph: “There have been changes, there will always be changes. As ever in life it’s important not to fear change and to manage it for the best.
There were plenty of people - most of them outside of Ashbourne - who said Ashbourne Radio couldn’t survive.
“And now we’ve got access to around 100,000 listeners and two brand new, state-of-the-art broadcast facilities tuning in via seven transmitters across the nicest bits of Derbyshire and Staffordshire with Ashbourne at the very heart of it.
“We all feel very optimistic about the future.”
Ashbourne Radio will have been broadcasting for six years in May and its ownership has also seen a recent major change, which has prompted a ‘significant investment’ in equipment.
News Telegraph reporter Gareth Butterfield will return to his regular slot, discussing stories from the paper with Dan Todd, every Wednesday morning at around 8.30am from next week.