Radio listeners in Yorkshire and the North of England will be familiar with Ross Dickinson’s voice and style as he has been broadcasting to this region for thirty years.
He developed his love of radio at University where he was a medical student. He realised that the pull of the hospital radio studio seemed to be stronger than the pull of the hospital wards.
On his return from university he began his professional career as the first ‘First Timer’ on Radio Aire in Leeds.
‘First Timers’ was a one hour Saturday evening programme which was designed to give local talent an opportunity.
He was initially booked for four weeks which was then extended to six weeks. After that he became part of the fixtures and fittings ending up presenting the breakfast show along with the Saturday morning slot. Around 1984 he was tempted over to rival station Pennine Radio to present the breakfast show there only to be lured back to the breakfast show at Radio Aire again two years later.
In 1992 Ross switched from commercial radio to the BBC. He found his niche at Radio York (via BBC Radio Cleveland – as then was) presenting the weekend midmorning shows. It was here that he developed his easy and entertaining style of interviewing. As he says ‘interviews worth listening to shouldn’t be questions and answers but a conversation between two people’.
At the turn of the Millennium Ross concentrated his efforts on building his own commercial production company which he still runs alongside his appearances on BBC Radio in Yorkshire.