By passing the 11-Plus, Greg gained entry to his local grammar school in north London, but education seemed to gain little purchase on his mind, which was focussed on tuning around the short wave, discovering the existence of offshore radio and determination to escape as soon as possible.
As a DJ on offshore radio, Greg could be heard on Radio Essex from early 1966, then Radio 270, Radio 390 and briefly, before its demise, on Radio Caroline North. He has been a DJ and presenter at several local radio stations, including Breeze AM (as was), Beacon Radio (ditto), Two Counties Radio (ditto), LBC and, for four-and-a-half years in the late-1970s, at Radio Orwell.
As well as playing at gramophones, a presenter in those days needed to know all about meaningful speech, at which Greg, in hindsight, reckons he was particularly adept. At the time, he was perceived as ‘esoteric’ and even ‘abstract’ but he expresses in 2008 – and as ‘technically’ still a freelance voiceover, presenter and writer – a firm belief that radio was made for qualities such as his.
As Roger Scott (no relation to another broadcaster of the same name, who came to prominence in the UK in the early 1970s), Greg appeared in-vision as an announcer at Harlech from March 1968 to c. January 1969. His style of presentation – developed previously on offshore radio – was deemed too risky and he received marching orders to the out-of-vision-only department. He remained there until his departure a couple of months later.
Freelance continuity (including at Granada) and voiceover work was Greg’s professional occupation until reaching the announcer’s desk at Anglia, where local news bulletins and presentation of the Birthday Club were delivered to the regional audience, some of whom objected to the long-haired ‘object’ on their screen!
Greg prides himself in being probably the only TV announcer to have been bought a short hair wig by his employer, as well as wishing his viewers “peace” at closedown. Surprisingly, he lasted a full year in Norwich, until October 1970, when the call came from the north east. His entertainment value was diluted again at Tyne Tees, due to all continuity being out-of-vision. But this was rectified eventually, as an early evening glory spot was introduced, featuring the announcer on camera revealing highlights of viewing ahead.
In Newcastle, in line with the policy of having the promos scripted and arranged by the announcers themselves, Greg quickly learned and perfected the art of sculpting imaginative and highly creative blurb, which often had little to do with programme content. His association with the ITV company lasted until the lure of another spell of offshore radio became irresistible in early 1972.
During his television days, Greg freelanced as an announcer at ATV and Southern, as well as revisiting Granada. Promotional trail voiceover work proved more sustainable and more successful. As the voice of Anglia for a few years in the 1980s, he travelled weekly (sometimes more) to Norwich. There was a weekly appointment in the voiceover booth at HTV for three years in the late-1980s and throughout the 80s and 90s, few weeks elapsed when Greg did not put his voice to LWT promos.
Voiceover work of all kinds had been a staple of his entire professional journey until the early twenty-first century, when styles changed and his received pronounciation and great voice could no longer be disguised.
Greg’s radio ambitions are not over yet! Tying-in with an interest in modern – i.e. twentieth and twenty-first century ‘classical’ music – he aims to interest before long a programme controller who really, really wants to incorporate into the schedule a regular, if not daily, excursion into the world of ‘unlistenable’ but actually highly intoxicating arrangements of sound. Mixed with Greg’s intoxicating arrangement of words and intelligent, humourous world-view, large audiences are guaranteed!
He realises that by divulging this idea, to which he holds intellectual copyright, the concept could go walking. But nobody could execute it as well!
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