Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Community radio presenter Gary Johnson completed his last Breakfast Show on local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM on the last day of 2021.
Gary’s first Breakfast Show went live on 29th June 2019 and up to 31st December 2021 he has presented every weekday (7am to 9am), 600 shows in total.
His show has updated listeners with local and national news, sports, showbusiness, and traffic and travel information in between playing a wide selection of music. He also co-presented his show every Thursday – ‘Thursday is the New Friday’ – with talented local singer-songwriter Megan Lee.
Each show has been sponsored by RK Henshall, with traffic & travel reports sponsored by Window Wizard, and broadcast from The Cat’s radio state-of-the-art studios at Cheshire College – South & West in Crewe.
Gary has made the decision to finish his Breakfast Show on a year-ending high due to work commitments, as he is the general manager of Crewe Market Hall, which reopened earlier in 2021 after a £3 million refurbishment.
Gary will still be involved with The Cat, as he is a Non-Executive Director and will continue to anchor the Saturday Sports Show.
The new Breakfast Show presenter – Paul Jones – will take over from Gary in January 2022.
Gary Johnson said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to host the Cat Breakfast show as for most radio stations, whether local or national, it is often seen as one of the flagship shows. I won’t miss the 5am starts, nor for that matter will my wife Christine. However, I will miss the interaction and support of the listeners who have tuned in over my time in the hot seat. It leaves me to say a massive thank you to all the listeners, the shows sponsor RK Henshall and the traffic and travel sponsor Window Wizard, and finally I would like to extend my best wishes to the new presenter Paul Jones, you’ll have a great time Paul, all the best.”
Chris Cadman said: “Gary came to The Cat with no previous radio experience and quickly became the much-loved voice of early mornings. I am sure that listeners of The Cat will miss Gary’s voice waking them up in the morning. Gary is swapping early morning for Saturday afternoons, putting his own spin on our Saturday Sports show. From all of us here at The Cat, thanks Gary for your commitment to those early mornings – enjoy the lie-in.”
The Cat is run by an army of forty volunteers with the station proving essential local listening. The Cat broadcasts 24 hours a day on 107.9 FM, online, on your mobile with the TuneIn app, or on your smart speaker by just asking for ‘Cat one hundred and seven point nine’. The Cat has a catchment area of 150,000 with its hub being in and around Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach and the surrounding rural area.
The Cat is the only licensed community radio station in Crewe and Nantwich and is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. To get involved please visit: https://thisisthecat.com/on-air/get-involved/