About PhilMy biography


Where to find me now... 

I've been broadcasting all my life.  From a child in my bedroom using a make your own radio station electronics kit, through to now as a grown up in a proper radio studio.  I like to find out what makes people tick and am nosey about what happens in and around my area.  I'm not a shock jock and find that style of presenting difficult, I like to build trust, make friends and hear peoples stories, hopefully with some fun and entertainment along the way.

If you want to listen to me on-air then you can either tune in to BBC Radio Oxford on BBC Sounds, 95.2fm and DAB in Oxfordshire you will most often find me reading the OxReport at 1pm and 6pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
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A bit more about me...


Born and bred Surrey, I come from the area around Reigate. I left when I was 18 to move to the big smoke to start a career in Radio. 

I started reading travel news for the AA back in 1994 before moving on to Premier Radio.

Over the seven years I spent with them, Premier allowed me the time and luxury of presenting most shows, having a go at station management, station creation and one of my other interests, Internet development.

After that I returned to traffic and travel news, and for a couple of years broadcast on BBC Local radio (especially in Essex and Oxfordshire) and National commercial stations Virgin and Classic FM. 

In spring 2004 I was offered the chance to present my own show again, so packed my bags and moved to Oxfordshire and joined BBC Radio Oxford.  I presented the afternoon show, the breakfast show then Drive Time and weekend Breakfast.  I was eventually offered a more stable position as a journalist and recently have spent a lot of time out reporting, which I have to say is probably the best job on a radio station.

As for my personal life.  I finally managed to snag the love of my life and got married Easter 2017 at Sulgrave Manor, so I am now a Mercer-Kelly!

I'm lucky to have a great group of friends and enjoy spending time with them. That could be down the local pub, at the cinema, theatre or over a glass of wine at home.

Other interests include photography, architecture, walking and culture. In fact on the walking front, I’ve been involved in a regular BBC Radio Oxford walk for over a decade now.


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