Mike Toolan (Stallion Firehawk to his friends) started in radio before he went to college in the USA as a mere pup in 1991. Along the way he has been a hospital cleaner, door-to-door salesman, barman and an underwriter at Lloyds of London.
He says: “I love the instant quality of radio – a feature can go from rough idea to on air in three minutes. I also love the one to one connection that radio has with its listener. Unlike any other media, you feel the person on the radio is just talking to you.”
In his spare time Mike loves to play the drums and often tries his hand at the keyboard and singing, although they could both do with some work!.
Here are Mike’s answers to your quick-fire questions:
Q1: Describe yourself in three words
A1:“Funny. Scatty. Kind.”
Q2: Do you have any party tricks?
A2:“I can do the entire Michael Jackson Thriller routine. I have no dignity.”
Q3: What’s your Karaoke song of choice?
A3:“Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.”
Q4: What is your favourite film?
A4:“Star Wars Episode IV. A Long Time Ago… and yet somehow still set in the future. Genius.”
Q5: Why did you choose to be a radio DJ/presenter?
A5: “I can’t dance, act or sing, and I was desperate to be in showbiz."