Like many radio presenters, Gary Jackson started as a mobile DJ.
From there he went on to hospital radio, and when the
FM frequency beckoned he jumped at the chance
to join Skyline Gold in Southampton.
He then went to Forest FM, with ‘Sounds Of The 70s’,
which he still presents there to date.
Other stations followed including the legendary
1260KYA in San Francisco, Castledown Radio in Wiltshire,
and the Bigl, today’s equivalent of 60s
pirate station Radio London.
He is now broadcasting live on the BigL
from his south coast studio.
Soon stations all over the world started airing the shows.
Many people have asked who was his favourite interviewee,
and the answer has to be Stu Cook of
Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Not only did Stu give him around twenty minutes,
he was happy to talk about the days when things
weren’t good, and after all,
Creedence was his all time favourite band in the 70s.
For the 60s, it has to be The Searchers
who are now friends,
and he has published their official website since 1997.
As he has often said
“On the rare occasions when things are hard going
I go see The Searchers.
Their sheer hard work and professionalism
put me to shame
and give me the kick up the backside I need”.
His shows often feature guests, and his interviews
have included chats with Mike Rutherford (Genesis),
Paul Carrack (Mike and The Mechanics, Squeeze),
Alan Clark (Dire Straits), Tom McGuiness of Manfred Mann,
Deborah Bonham, Simon Townsend,
Stu Cook (Creedence) Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five)
and just about every other 60s band still working!
Gary’s live radio work has taken him to California,
and his shows now air from Tenerife to Tasmania!
Very much a fan of personality radio, Gary always
remembers that the listener comes first,
tries to give his shows a live feel and
keep listeners interested with features
like the “A side B side”, “follow that”
and the “back to front” song.