Long Service Award Holders.
We value every presenter and volunteer at HBSA, whether that is a new start, an occasional contributor or an every day, every week, every year “hardcore” member of the service.
This page showcases the growing number of our volunteers who have stayed the course past 5 years (and some double that) and are holders of one or more of our long service awards. We are so gratefull to all of these presenters, they represent loyalty and commitment and all have been the backbone of our service for a considerable period of time.
John Surgenor. Joined HBSA in 1998. John has been a broadcaster on HBSA for well over 20 years and is our longest serving member. John’s laid back style and wide taste in music has ensured he has always been popular with listeners of all ages. He is our chairman and his favoured studio is named after him.
Simon Jenkinson. Joined HBSA in January 2010. Simon’s on air shows are dominated by the 1980s – his decade of choice when it comes to music. Off air at HBSA Simon has spearheaded HBSA’s drive to bring the community into our studios. He has involved college and adult learning groups in studio activities and gone out into schools and the wider community to represent our service. Away from HBSA Simon engages in other voluntary and charity work making him a well known figure in the local community.
Johnny Robertson. Joined HBSA January 2010. Johnny is one of the few holders of our 10 year award having been a member since January of 2010. For many years Johnny has been the first voice on air on Christmas mornings on HBSA along with his old mate George Smith. Away from HBSA Johnny is a keen runner. Johnny’s show is sponsored by G Reid Opticians of Newmilns.
George Smith. Joined HBSA January 2010. “General George” is another of our ten year award holders and presents two shows a week on HBSA. Away from the mic George is a wedding celebrant and has conducted ceremonies all over the country. George’s shows are sponsored by Alistair Smith Chiropodist of Kilmarnock.
David Durham. Joined HBSA December 2010. On air Dave presents HBSA’s weekly SportsTalk show which gives an irreverent view on the weeks football and occasionally ice hockey as he is big fan of the sport. Away from HBSA, when he is not repairing washing machines or running the family business “Time For You, home cleaning”, Dave is very active in his local community – volunteering for a number of local charities. If he has to play music on air then he usually goes for some 80s classics. Dave’s show is sponsored by CMH Plumbing of Kilmarnock.
John Kennedy. Joined HBSA December 2010. John has an easy relaxed style to broadcasting which makes him a popular listen on HBSA, his shows mixes classic pop and rock. The key feature to John’s weekly show is his 11 O’Clock “classic” a stand out track by one of his favoured artists which often leads to it getting a repeat from other presenters later on.
Scott O’Hare. Joined HBSA November 2011 and left in 2020 having presented two shows per week during his time on the station. Scott was a regular at roadshows and fund raising events as well as being an on-air presenter. Scott’s fun broadcasting style made him a firm favourite at HBSA where he will always be welcomed as a guest.
Maggie Brown. Joined HBSA December 2011. Maggie joined HBSA while still at school and although she has been forced to take some breaks from our schedule she has always been involved with the service ever since then. Maggie has helped out at fund raisers and roadshows and served on the committee and is back on air with a weekly show. Maggie also assists with training new presenters.
The Beard Joined HBSA February 2013. We would give his full name (he’s not in the FBI or anything) but really his on-air name suits him just fine so we’ll stick with it. The Beard’s Sunday morning show “Breakfast With The Beard” is unlike any other that we know on radio as he plays a complete album, or albums. These are un interrupted save for an introduction before and a recap afterwards. This allows the listener to enjoy the collection of songs just as the artist intended. The Beard’s show is sponsored by Tanner Financial Advice of Prestwick.
Julie Findlay. Joined May 2012. Wee Julie is the voice of Friday nights helping everyone get their Friday night groove on whether they are in hospital or not. Julie’s mix of tunes and cheery chat keep listeners tuned in right through until 11pm.
Paul Williams. Joined HBSA May 2013. Another one of our volunteers providing a unique show on HBSA. Paul is our only presenter who broadcasts classical music in all his shows, Paul mixes that with some classic pop tunes and cheery banter too. Like a lot of our presenters Paul involves himself in charity and community work when he is not on air at HBSA.
Lenny Harper. Joined HBSA August 2013. Lenny is certainly not afraid of hard work. His show, Sounds Of The 60s, is all done from CDs and a three hour show where the tracks struggle to pass 2 mins means you have to be on the ball. Lenny’s knowledge of the golden decade of pop music means that there is plenty of info to go with all the great tunes too and those three hours are gone in a blink. Lenny’s show is sponsored by Mobityre & Autocare of Crosshouse.
Kirsty Kane. Joined HBSA November 2013. Bright and bubbly Kirsty used to be our Monday morning girl but work and college and life generally went and got in the way. This didn’t put KK off though as she went straight into covering for anyone and everyone just as much as she could until a new spot came along that worked and now she’s our Friday afternoon girl. Kirsty’s show is sponsored by Scarlett Rose Florists of Kilmarnock.
Margo Houston. Joined HBSA March 2014. Margo provides another specialised show on HBSA with her long running “Smooth & Soulfull” Tuesday evening show. Covering everything from early Mowtown right up to current soul chart hits Margo makes sure that every decade gets represented. Margo’s show is sponsored by Art N Joy, Gallery & Framers of Saltcoats.
Sandy Brown. Joined HBSA May 2014. Pictured here with Co-Presenter, Jen McLaren, Sandy is one half of the Monday Mayhem show which combines a variety of music styles and plenty of banter to go with it. The show often features live music from local acts too and these sessions can be found on our listen again sites. The show is sponsored by Karen E Moir – Dance & Drama.
Jed Boden. Joined HBSA June 2014. With shows full of lively tunes and constant singing along Jeddy Boy’s shows are nothing short of a full on riot on HBSA. When he isn’t in the studio Jed is happiest following his Rangers heroes from game to game.
Lucy Telford. Joined HBSA July 2014. Lucy’s shows have a great slick proffessional sound to them and from that you tell she is really comfortable behind the mic, but then she is comfortable on stage singing or dancing or performing too. Lucy covers every musical style making sure our “something for everyone” tag holds true.
Lois Robertson. Joined HBSA January 2015. Lois’s Snazzy Saturday show is a wild and whacky trip into Lois’s world of music and chat. Lois is a big Dr Who fan and her show is a bit like a Tardis – it’s a lot bigger once you get into it than it seems to be from the outside. Away from HBSA – Lois isn’t far away at all as she works in our hospital. Lois’s show is sponsored by Gifts In Photos of the Arran Mall Ayr.
Pat Knapp. Joined HBSA February 2015. Fun and friendly Pat has two roles at HBSA, in his Friday evening show you’ll hear a big mix of tunes together with some fun pun-filled chat. Pat is also our studio anchor for our live football coverage, introducing the games and looking after half time scores, Pat’s long association with game helps him fill those unexpected gaps in commentary with some chat too. Pat’s show is sponsored by SWD Solutions.
Jen McLaren. Joined HBSA April 2015. Jen presented her own show on HBSA before teaming up with Sandy Brown for Monday Mayhem. Her bright cheery style goes great alongside Sandy to make a very popular show.
Adam Lyon (On the right). Adam joined HBSA in October of 2015 and originally presented a weekly music and chat show. After a short break from HBSA in 2018 Adam returned to join the commentary team as HBSA launched it’s live matchday coverage of Kilmarnock FC home games. This was ideal for Adam who is a keen fan of the Killie. Adam now serves as producer and tech op as well as co-commentator and analyst. Away from HBSA Adam is a reporter for a local newspaper.
Rod Nelson joined HBSA in November of 2015 and has become a firm favourite on the station. Rod fills his shows with a wide variety of music which appeals to all our listeners and he has a relaxed and laid back style which everyone warms to.
John Murray. Joined HBSA in April of 2016 and left in 2022.