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Marc Collins

Chigwell, Essex, GB



Radio presenter at Solar Radio.


English (British), English


British, England - London (Cockney, Estuary, East End), England - Received Pronunciation (RP, BBC), Irish, North American, Scottish, Trans-Atlantic

Voice Ages

Middle Aged (35-54), Young Adult (18-35)

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames


Radio Presenter
Daytime/Specialist Soul/Jazz Funk/R’n’B
Voice over artist

October 2002 to Present day
I do various freelance radio
shows for Solar Radio on DAB in London, Manchester, Birmingham,
Brighton, Norwich & Sky Digital Channel 0129. I have broadcast globally
on the World Wide Web with Stomp Radio, back2backfm and Likwid London.
Various voice-overs for adverts & presentations including club night
promotions, artist album and concert releases and corporate clients. (See full client list below.)

May 1998 to October 2002
Whilst continuing to manage the record store in Barking, I started out as
the weekend breakfast and weekday evening show presenter for Active
FM 107.5 based in Romford Essex, when they won the East London Radio
Licence in 1998. I also freelanced on various occasions as a Travel News
Presenter for Metro Travel and subsequently NRT under the direction of
Rob Byrne, providing bulletins for radio stations across the country and
The National Granada Services Network. later In November of that year,
I took over the drive time show and was promoted soon after to Head of
Music for the station. Promoted again in August 1999 to Programme
controller and finally to Programme Director, reporting directly to the
station Managing Director. In October 2001, whilst still producing and
presenting the drive time show. I took over the role of Acting Station
Manager on several occasions during various restructures.
Responsibilities as such were:
Total responsibility for the radio station and its permanent staff of 36,
including, presentation, news, sales, marketing and administration, with
control of all departmental budgets, reporting directly to UKRD Group
Managing Director. The implementation of various management/staff
meetings and information structures to improve communication, working
conditions and morale. Programme, music and advert scheduling and
structuring, show and music formatting with full hands on knowledge of
RCS Selector and Linker computerised play-out system, both studio and
programming sides. Scripting and designing all station identification,
competition and promotion packages. Presenter critique, development
and training, 24 hour emergency call out and presenter help line. The
inception, creation and execution of the re-branding of Active FM to Soul
City 107.5FM. Increasing the stations official Rajar figures from 3%
reach and 91,000 listener hours in the second quarter of 2002, to 5%
reach and 154,000 listener hours (69% increase) in the third quarter,
which increased again to 6% and 244,000 listener hours in the fourth

April 1994 to May 1998
Manager of Rhythm & Bass specialist music store in Barking, Essex,
responsible for sales, stock ordering, staff and cash movements. During
this time I also presented various radio shows on Active FM R.S.L’s, I was
resident DJ for Kiss FM at club 8090 in London’s West End for a total of 5
years and headlined at numerous Soul/R’n’B clubs across the country on
behalf of Kiss & Active FM including, Rubber Soul in Cambridge,
Rumpshaker in Newcastle, Bump & Hustle in Bournemouth and The
Southport Dance Music Weekender. I also started to voice over adverts
for Kiss & Capital Radio and was used by some major record labels
including Beechwood & EMI. I Helped compile and supplied the mix CD’s
for the “This is R’n’B” series for Beechwood Music.

January 1990 to April 1994
Moving back to the UK, I co-founded a company called King Sound
Systems, which supplied mobile and installed sound systems for
nightclubs, live bands, outdoor events, etc. Also promoted club nights on
behalf of the company, mainly in the South London area, the most
successful being Suburbia and The Soul Base at the Frontier post and
Jazz Juice at The Jazz Bistro in Central London. During this time, I
worked with and struck up friendships with the likes of Dr Bob Jones, Fat
Freddy M, Dave Morrison, Graham Gold, Judge Jules & especially DJ
Bigger who owned Rhythm & Bass Records of Barking.

November 1984 to October 1989
Moved to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to take up residencies in
various night clubs, starting with Jack Daniels (how apt) then The
Garage, Pasha and Chic discotheque’s also covering holiday’s at Pasha in
Ibiza on 2 separate occasions. Produced and presented a once weekly, 3
hour radio show on Radio Canarias for the British holidaymakers, where
I also had the pleasure of interviewing one of my heroes, James Brown.

Leaving School in 1979 to November 1984
It was all my Mum’s fault, not only did she bombard me with the sounds
of The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & The Supremes, but she
also got me my first gig on Hospital Radio Erith in Kent, where she
worked. I then progressed into mobile discos and eventually nightclubs,
taking up residency at Sinatra’s in Croydon. I worked with
some very special people during that time, some of the biggest names on the club scene, who tought me a lot.

Interests and Hobbies
I love music, listening to it, collecting it and playing it for other people. I
have an unhealthy love for Soul, Jazz Funk and R’n’B music in particular
and those are the genres I have most knowledge of, but I can appreciate
all kinds. I have a passion for radio, not only being part of it, but also
listening to it.
I love playing Golf, although I’m no good at it and I have a Harley Davidson motorcycle to pamper, polish and play with in my spare time, rain permitting (big boys & their toys).

To continue being involved with radio in one form or another, especially
the specialist music side involving Soul/Jazz. To be a television
announcer, to obtain a private pilots licence and become better at golf
(some things may take longer than others!).

Marc Collins.



Secondary school education
GSE’s in art & English.



Bheringer B2, EV.

Computer & Software

Adobe Audition V3, Asus Laptop & iMac

Special Equipment

BBC (Bush House) broadcast desk.

Delivery Methods

Mp3, WAV via Dropbox, email or WeTransfer

Turnaround Time

2 hours

Service Description

From single dry Voice overs to fully produced Radio commercials and idents and presentation of live and pre-recorded radio shows.

Voice Over Clients

Clement Clark Opthalmic. National live traffic reports for Metro Travel Services, Granada TV and Granada Travel Information. Radio advert voices for Beechwood Music, EMI, Mastercuts, Expansion Records, Soul Brother Records, Crazy Beat Records, Moonshine Music, Kiss FM, Deadly Productions, The Lacy Lady, The O’Jays, Shalamar, Kim Tibbs, Natalie Williams Entertainment. Radio station voice for back2back FM & Likwid Radio London. Drive-time presenter for Active FM/Soul City FM & Solar Radio.

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