Ben Atkinson

Radio

Ben has been involved in local radio since 2008, when he began presenting on 103 The Eye, a community station broadcasting to Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir and the first to be licenced in the UK. Since then Ben has built up a diverse showreel as a presenter on networks across the UK, including work with the BBC, Chris Country (the UK’s only national Country Music station) and a range of commercial and community stations.

It was also in 2008, that Ben took over the reins of the 103 The Eye Country Music programme, rebranding it as Ben’s Country Music Show and introducing listeners to a mixture of new and traditional country, roots, bluegrass and Americana. This new format included interviews with artists both in the UK and USA, weekly news direct from Nashville and the Billboard Charts. This two-hour programme is now syndicated on stations across the UK and Ben is gearing up for a big celebration to mark the show’s 10th anniversary in 2018.

In 2011, Ben made his first trip to Nashville to cover the CMA Awards. While in the city he interviewed a range of artists from the late country legend Lynn Anderson, to veteran musician Charlie McCoy and a songwriters Jerry Vandiver and Steve Bogard (Head of the Nashville Songwriters Association International). The result of these interviews was a series of documentaries which aired across the UK in late 2011.

In 2012, Ben was involved in launching the University of Lincoln’s first student radio station, Brayford Radio, and remained on the management team as Brand Director until June 2013. Brayford Radio, broadcasts from the MHT building on campus and gives students an opportunity to have their voice heard through an online station that appeals directly to their peers. During this time at the station, Ben designed and built the station’s first website and online streaming system and presented The Music that Made, a documentary series looking at the careers and influences of bands and artists.

While studying for his BA(Hons) degree in Media Production, Ben co-founded a small production company called Dreaming Tiger Productions. The Dreaming Tiger brand produced interactive media products for children, including radio drama, documentary and interactive story apps from 2012 to 2014. The company’s flagship project, an interactive radio drama called Charlie and the Moon can be experienced here.

Ben continues to expand his broadcasting experience and from 2013 – 14 was a member of the BBC Production Talent Pool and undertook training and placements with BBC Radio both on a local and national level. In the years to come Ben hopes to realise a long-held dream by returning to the BBC to write and present his own documentaries on TV and radio.

Clips from Ben’s Country Music Show currently airing on stations across the UK

Ben interviews Jared Hampton from the country band LANCO – February 2018

Ben presents a special documentary celebrating 50 years since Johnny Cash’s iconic Folsom Prison concerts and live album