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Otto Has given up flying and being pumped up between his legs by young blond air hostesses, see the film! Any way he has now joined the radio world and since 2008 has been responsible for the automated section of RNI which can be heard from 11pm Sunday until 7pm Wednesday when our weekend programs kick off with the German service starting an action packed set of programs in all three of RNI’s services. Otto plays all the output to be heard outside of these times. He may have an over inflated opinion of himself but he sure does know how to spin those old 45s and mix them with jingles, promos, etc etc. you can contact Otto via rni@dr.com

Jim Stevens. Like many radio presenters of a 'certain age', I caught the radio ‘bug’ when I listened to the British ‘pirate’ stations in the 1960s on my transistor radio. The jingles were my favourite part and ‘Big L’ had the best ones (and I’m now proud to say that I have some personalized versions on my show!).In the seventies, I started broadcasting on a hospital radio station in Surrey and one of my shows won a national competition for best hospital radio programme. Noel Edmonds was one of the judges!In 1976, I became a Butlin's redcoat entertainer presenting music and chat from their Radio Butlin studios at Clacton in Essex. Great fun, but very hard work. In the 1990's, I did the weekday morning show on Eclipse FM which broadcast on cable and FM. One of our directors was the legendary Dave Cash.A couple of years ago, I did a spell on the weekday afternoon show of a commercial station at the seaside in East Sussex. My most embarrassing moments in radio were interviewing Bo Didley who insisted I call him ‘Mr. Didley’, and when I interviewed the comedian Richard Digance and I got a nose-bleed halfway through!I now really enjoy presenting my weekly Happy Hour show – and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it!www.happyhourshow.co.uk
Terry Simmons has been interested in radio since the 70's. The early years of London's Capital Radio were a big influence, especially the Fantastic Kenny Everett and Roger Scott. Terry has always been interested in the technical side of radio and in the early days built audio mixers, compressors and stereo encoders however never successfully built an FM Transmitter. Over the last twenty years or so Terry has been involved in FM pirate radio, Community Radio, Hospital Radio, and Internet Radio, albeit using a different surname. Terry can currently be heard playing a wide mix of music (a lot of which you don't hear anymore on mainstream radio) opening Fridays International Service with his show from 4pm 'till 5pm.  
Duncan James first became involved in radio in 1978 as an avid listener to the land based pirate stations in London. While playing with his Tandy 10 in 1 electronic project kit, configured as a low power AM transmitter, he came across a pirate station called North London Radio run by Garry Stevens. Finding this station encouraged him tune around more first on the AM band and then on the FM band. This led him to start building transmitters and running his own pirate station. Duncan James then went on to do programmes for several London stations and today hosts the live Sunday 9-11pm slot on RNI
Terry Day Born on 28th January 1954, in Swansea South Wales, right at the start of Rock'n'Roll, Terry has been interested in Radio and music since the age of three when he first started with listening to the radio. Terry was inspired by one of the Danger Man episodes “The Not so Jolly Roger” in 1965, which was about one of the Offshore radio stations which was set on the Shivering Sands Fort which was then home to Radio 390. In March 1967 while searching around for Radio Luxembourg he found both Radios, Caroline & Radio London on the airwaves. Although reception was quite poor where he lived he did manage to listen to some of them and Radio London became his favourite choice of station. It was a very sad day when the British Government brought out the Marine Offences Act to take them all off the air. That was it! so he thought. One late afternoon in January 1970 he saw some headlines on the front cover of Record Mirror, "North Sea Pirates on the Air Again!" So he started to tune in on 186m as well on short wave as well. He started to become a regular listener to the station. "It was the first time I could ever listen to an Offshore Radio Station during the day", he says and during the Summer time of 1970 in his school holidays he was able to listen to RNI all day. In 1973 when he was on day-release at his local technical college where he was studying Radio & TV, a friend invited him to join a local Hospital Radiservice. There he learned many of the techniques of radio broadcasting. He even met the late Crispin St John while he was at Hospital Radio which was during the bed push, one of the Hospitals Radios fund raising events where Chris had just started at the new local ILR Station, back in September 1974. Although radio was his main ambition he never got there. But all that was about to change. Then in late August 2009 whilst he was on leave from his day job he re-discovered RNI on the internet and it was just like reliving 1970 all over again. He joined in the fun and mayhem in the chat room where he became an avid regular every weekend where he soon started playing quite an active part. Terry was approached by one of the DJs, he started working from behind the scenes for over four months, by making jingles for some of the DJs in the German service. This got him noticed by the boss of RNI, who then invited Terry to do a Demo for him Terry now has his own show on RNI, a long life dream and ambition. He can be heard every Sunday afternoon 2-5 pm wit Lady Mel. Terry also wishes to point out that he is no relation to Roger "Twiggy" Day! Musical Tastes: Started with Cliff Richard (Applologies to Brian Scott) & The Shadows, The Beatles (Applologies to Hans-Joachim), Rolling Stones & Elvis Preseley. Etc,Etc.
Steve Chesney Started listening to the pirates in the 60's whilst living in Lincolnshire on the East Coast moved away and never really lost the bug. Early 70's found him in Glasgow where he “learned” if that's the right word, his radio at HBS Glasgow with loads of other household names (Steve's a name in his own household – so that counts !) pause here to name drop, but no, resist the urge ! A great advocate of 70's pop music particularly to bemused friends and acquaintances he even has “Hup daar is Willem” as his telephone ring tone –oh dear , but we are happy to report the medication seems to have stabilised him. Steve states that the absolute pinnacle of his life/career to date is getting his gig on RNI , as he says “nothing comes close” ~ which we take to mean that  “nothing” would be about as good, an opinion which  by coincidence is also held by many of his listeners.
Ray Collins has been involved with presenting radio programmes for more years than he cares to remember, starting out as a mobile disc jockey and working on the London club circuit as a resident DJ.  From there he progressed to presenting some “Guest DJ” shows for BBC Radio Medway (now Kent) on a freelance basis.  Owing to commitments elsewhere, it was never feasible for Ray to take up radio presenting full time but his enthusiasm led him into working for various hospital stations.  He then joined Radio Basildon, a commercial cable station, where he stayed for 3 years until its closure from where he moved back into hospital radio at Whitechapel AM, after which he got involved in a number of RSL stations.  Ray remembers sending an audition tape to the first DJ on Radio North Sea, Roger Day, in the early seventies, as yet no reply, so it has taken about 35 years for his application to be processed. Hi RNI – great to be on board at last! Ray can be heard on RNI, Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm .
Douglas Coutts Rather than being reared on Ostermilk, Douglas was raised on RNI. A valuable addition to anyone's diet. Whilst his parents thought he was doing his homework he was in his room with his Dad's Bush TR-10 radio listening to 'Music For Young Europe' on RNI.  At Christmas 1973 he begged his parents for a Radio Cassette, and he got a Thorn EMI RC, that cost about 45 quid way back then. This then allowed Douglas to record some RNI shows, but as he freely admits, from the confines of his jacket that fastens up the rear, that he was more addicted to the jingles. Over the years he has collected 100's of hours of RNI recordings, and yes those wonderful jingles as well. He usually plays them full blast on a modern i-pod connected through some Denon kit, but as his room is now well insulated with padded material, the neighbors are not offended. He is also known for collecting old radios at car boot sales and jumble sales, with the net result that he now sleeps in the garage, with his Bush TR-10. Being a Man Of Action, or not, he can often be found on a beach somewhere, with an old transistor radio, some food and an open fire. Doug can now be heard on he's all time favorite station RNI each Friday at 3pm UK time with the RNI lift of show.
Mike Guy Comes from a journalistic background and with his love of music soon began writing a pop music column for the provincial press, meeting many stars of the sixties and seventies including The Who, Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Moody Blues, Slade and numerous other top names. He gained deejay experience in clubs and discos, including Amsterdam, and learned radio presenting through hospital radio, gaining a certificate for 20 years service from the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations. Mike has been a radio freelance, his projects including setting up and running the international English service of Radio Delmare in Antwerp, Belgium, and producing a documentary for commercial radio in the UK on the story behind Cliff Richard's hit Miss You Nights, with a contribution from Sir Cliff himself.