Sam Smette

Committee role: Programme CoordinatorSam Smette

Year Joined: 2013

Tell us about your programme:

Request Time – Alternating Wednesday’s with the legend that is Mr Bill Warren, I help to bring you your weekly dosage of request time. There’s nothing worse than being in hospital (or being ill in general) and having to watch trashy garbage on the tele, is there? That’s where Request Time comes in. Let me know what you want to hear every Wednesday between 7pm and 8pm.

Fusion – Every Wednesday evening I bring you a great selection of today’s music intertwined with those golden classics. A bit like a box of chocolates, you never quite know what you’re going to get next. (Wasn’t that a #Gump quote?!) We also take a look at a random number one from the same week, different year.

Rewind – I play some of the songs from times gone by that you don’t hear so often any more, and talk about my memories and news headlines from around the times.

Tell us about your role and volunteering experience at Radio Horton:

I started at Radio Horton in January 2013 where I caught the ‘radio’ bug, first presenting a Saturday Night programme, Dance Grooves, featuring dance, R’n’B, hip-hop and remixes from the clubbing-scene. I was elected to the committee as Audio Imaging Officer. In 2015 I became Programme Coordinator and now look after the daily programme output. One of my best memories of Radio Horton has to be collecting founder, Ted Hanson’s HBA Award in Newcastle and having the opportunity to present it to him in person.

What would be your top three Desert Island Discs?

Hmm, this is a tough one. I’d love to pick more than three, but I’ll go with the following:

  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Texas – Black Eyed Boy
  • Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Music artists that have influenced you:

I’ve got a list as long as my arm. In fact that would be one long arm!

Coldplay; Eagle-Eye Cherry; Oasis; The Fray; Avril Lavigne; Imagine Dragons; Hard-Fi; Florence & The Machine; Blur; Sub Focus; Foxes; Dido; Snow Patrol; Capital Cities; Cast; Paramore; Ella Eyre; OneRepublic; Jess Glynne; The BeeGees; Fiction Factory; Avicii; John Legend; Pixie Lott;

(… I could go on, but suggest you tune into one of my programmes to get a real taster of my favourites!)


Three words to describe volunteering at a hospital radio station:

Energetic, sociable, and gratifying!

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