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Sony Radio Award Winning presenter Susie Mathis is joining Forum Radio

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Sony Radio Academy Award winning presenter Susie Mathis is joining Wythenshawe FM Community Radio to present a new Friday lunchtime show.

Former Piccadilly Radio & BBC Radio Manchester Presenter will be on air from 12 to 2pm each Friday presenting ‘That Friday Feeling with Susie’.

Susie made the surprise announcement on Wythenshawe FM during an interview on The Buzz Show with Colin Owen and Chris Paul. The first show will air on Friday 4 December.

Susie said: “It started out that I needed to do something as a volunteer, I’m bored stiff as Covid has side-lined so many of us in the events and entertainments industries. It will be great to connect once again across the local community in Wythenshawe, south Manchester and beyond and I am really looking forward to it. That Friday Feeling with Susie will be a perfect start to the weekend.”

Susie plans to bring back ‘Magic Minutes with Susie’ in the show which will be pre-recorded for the time being as the studio is closed currently due to Covid restrictions, however listeners will be still have the opportunity to speak to Susie remotely during the recording and make contact through a Facebook feed during the show.

Susie has enjoyed a successful and wholly unconventional career ranging from West End theatre and the world of music to radio broadcasting, event management and charity foundations. From fronting the first ever girl pop group in the sixties to being the first woman to host a daytime radio show in the late seventies at Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio.

Colin Owen, board member at WFM and head of programming said: “Its fantastic news that Susie wants to join us at WFM. She is such a professional with a wealth of talent and expertise to inspire our volunteers and listeners in Wythenshawe and beyond.

"I know our award-winning volunteers will be delighted to hear the news and our long-serving charity chair and radio volunteer Kath Forden will be welcoming Susie to the station on air.”

Chris Paul, acting chief executive said: “2020 has been a tough year for everyone at WFM, dealing with the Covid virus, not least for our volunteers. They have resolutely continued their community service through 50 hours each week of pre-recorded shows, bringing listeners entertainment and vital up to date information with 24/7 music, news, and features.

“I am sure Susie’s inspiring involvement will help us all build back stronger and give us a springboard to resume live broadcasting with a spring in our step when it is safe to do so.”

Wythenshawe FM is an award-winning community radio station operating from its studio within the Forum Centre. It is run entirely by volunteers and is sponsored currently by Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and for the current Health and Happiness campaigns, by the NHS Local Care Organisation.