Presenters

Candice Louise

I hope to bring inspirational stories to the modern audience of all ages. I am fascinated by the lives of saints and visionaries such as the story of Fatima and Lourdes, the background of St Teresa (the Little Flower), St Faustina Kowalska, Don Bosco, and St Francis. All have been such an inspiration to me in so many different ways. Some people may not know the little details of these mighty saints and it's my pleasure to share their stories with you.

I also love music, from soulful songstresses such as Mariah Carey and Beyonce, to Elvis and Luther Van Dross. I'm a romantic little soul and am fascinated by old films, especially musicals, poetry, visiting the theatre, dancing and meeting new people.

I would love to hear from you if you have any inspirational stories of your own, so please feel free to contact me.

Bob Eagle – Sunday Praise

Originally I was trained as a physicist and spent many years in the Civil Service in a variety of roles. I’m now a professional musician, singer and entertainer, focusing mainly on radio and, more rarely, live appearances. I often include one of my own songs in a show.

The Celtic Hearts

aka Kieran Boyle from Galway and John Murphy bred and buttered in Bootle Merseyside. Kieran – lead vocals, mandolin, piano accordion, 5-string and tenor banjos, violin, whistle, harmonica. John – lead vocals, backing vocals, and guitar.

“We met through our church in Eltham in Oct 2010 and, with a few other musicians, have been playing music together at Mass ever since. We formed The Celtic Hearts to play traditional Irish music as a hobby. The vast majority of the songs we play on air are played and sung live in one take (spot the deliberate mistakes!).

We are both former teachers now doing other things, both married with 9 children between us!"

Gerry Coates – the “Boss”

Catholic singer, songwriter and poet Gerry is the creative drive behind the Radio. "My mission is to create a Catholic Arts industry within the Church to encourage the many talented people of all ages and arts genre." He has already published over 3,000 new poets and created a mobile art exhibition, with over 350 works. The Radio is the latest of his projects. He loves performing his own songs and poetry live and has an extensive knowledge of music.

His hero is Bob Dylan.  http://www.gerrycoates.com/

Fr Jim Clarke

I was born and brought up in Rochdale, to Irish Catholic parents, the middle of 5 boys. After leaving school I went into seminary and was ordained in St John The Baptist in Rochdale.  My interests are music, art and the technical side of making and recording music.

I was made Parish Priest here at St Anne's in Higher Openshaw, Manchester almost 9 years ago.  My parish is a thriving one, and being a City parish is certainly a multicultural community, with people who bring all kinds of gifts to us.  As to what the future holds, well I think I will leave that in God's hands, for the time being I am very content in the ministry I have here in St Anne's.

Janet Heron

I’m a Norfolk-born mother and grandmother - Convent educated, including Elocution.  I pray that the Christian themes I record will bring hope, love, peace and joy to our listeners and draw them closer to Jesus Christ and his Father through the Power of the Holy Spirit.  I usually choose from material which I already love and I hope that sharing these pieces will touch and enrich their lives.

 

Joanna Bogle – Auntie’s Time

Joanna is a noted British Catholic journalist who frequently appears on radio and television and lectures often in England and abroad. She is a founding member of the Association for Catholic Women in England.

Joanna has written many books including The Pope Benedict Code. Her latest book is a biography of Blessed John Paul II for children.

Auntie Joanna’s Half Hour brings you weekly news and views on the Catholic Church.

Kevin Abad – Loud and Proud and much more ……

I am a graduate of English Literature from the University of Surrey and I've been part of the Heavens Road team for a while now. I have a passion for reading, writing and being creative with words! I like to vary what I do and so on the radio you may hear me in programmes about poetry, Christian gospel music, apologetics, meditational readings and plenty more.  

I prefer summer over winter, dogs over cats, and The Rolling Stones over The Beatles! In my spare time I like to play the guitar, listen to music, watch football, being active and hang out with friends. If you'd like to know more you can find me on twitter @Kevin_Abad 

 

Lavoisier Fernandes – Talking Faith

I was born and raised in Goa (former Portuguese colony and now part of India), currently based in West London. My faith is “work in progress”- guess a lifelong journey. I have always been fascinated by the Catholic faith thanks to my Don Bosco schooling. Besides broadcasting I love swimming, cricket, travelling, music, cooking, theology, current affairs, musicals, stand-up comedy, my lazy time and attending Mass.

Although a novice at radio, via ‘Talking faith’ I wish to connect with ordinary men and women within the Catholic faith, other faiths and examine issues affecting both Church and society

If you’d like to tellme your story or wish to dedicate a song, message or a prayer on my show either text me on 07941174718 or email me on talkingfaith@heavensroadfm.com

Noel Bell

Noel's 80's tunes and special shows on popular topics

Noel hails from the fair city of Dublin and cites the Boomtown Rats and U2 as early musical influences. He was educated by the Christian Brothers at St Kevins, Finglas East. Noel says "I started my broadcasting career at the ripe age of 14 with appearances on Artane Community Radio, which was located in a school pal's garden shed. My first experience with live outdoor music came from attending the Boomtown Rats concert at Leixlip Castle in county Kildare. It was music all the way after that!"

Noel is currently retraining in counselling and psychotherapy having previously worked in management consultancy and project management. In his spare time, he loves to blog about current affairs and is a passionate cyclist.

Sean McCarney – Just a Catholic Dad

I'm a married forty-something father of a five year old daughter, Caitie. A cradle Catholic, I wandered away from the church in my early twenties when in the RAF. Having reached the tender age of 40, I returned to the Faith, much to the puzzlement of my lovely non-churchgoer wife, who's been trying to get her head around it ever since! In 2007, Caitie arrived. Realising that the sole responsibility for raising Caitie properly in the Faith was mine, I didn't know where to start, but thought that there must be other ‘single Catholic parents' out there, I wondered how I could make contact – and after being inspired by SQPN, the ‘Just A Catholic Dad' podcast was born in March 2010. Apart from producing ‘Just A Catholic Dad', I'm a reader and children's liturgist at St Osmund's parish in Salisbury.

Stuart Burman – Island of Saints

Island of Saints was inspired by Edmund Campion's martyrdom speech where he called Britain the Island of Saints and the most blessed child of the See of St Peter. This really captured my imagination....

I was inspired by New Dawn and with powerful encouragement from the Holy Spirit (and Mary) I became Catholic. The Holy Spirit has since led me to start the St Mary Of The Angels Charismatic Prayer Group, the Worthing Prayer Chair and various Spirit led church events. I'm supported by my wife Michelle and children Lily, Joseph, Matilda and Mabel. A professional Southern Rail commuter I'm forever grateful for the train prayer time.

Roger Neale – Technical Manager

Roger spends a lot of time "in the background" doing much of the technical stuff that keeps the station broadcasting.

Roger has a long term passion to "help others to enjoy themselves" so that audiences can get the best out of what they're listening to or watching. With many years experience on a variety of radio and audio projects, Roger currently manages one radio station and is helping to get Heavens Road FM out to the listeners. Mostly he "fiddles" with all the "techie" bits but can occasionally be heard behind the microphone doing some "live" presentation work.

When not managing or helping with radio stations, Roger helps to lead the music at his own church, St Joseph's in Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire where he plays guitar and sings with the church music group.  He also devotes some of his time to providing IT support and audio/video services to small businesses and he can also be found "in the mix" behind the decks running discos for local parties and events.  If you have any queries or would like to book him for your event, he can be contacted on 07714 670 789.

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