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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

I have resigned from Trent Sound as of today. Below is a copy of the email I sent to the station controller and all of my colleagues.

I have decided that the time has come to resign from Trent Sound, with immediate effect. At first I wanted to try and ignore all the behind the scenes shit and continue to produce my usual standard of radio, but having listened back to my recent shows I can detect from my voice that the enjoyment has gone. Once the enthusiasm dies then the only thing to do is to move on. By occasionally making pre-recorded programmes, I felt that I was doing the right thing so as not to have to rely on replacement presenters, and maintain the continuity of The Sunday Alternative. As I don't believe in bullshitting the audience, I felt it the right move to admit when a pre-rec was being broadcast. I listen to a lot of radio and can tell if a show is live or not, so there is no merit in pretending otherwise. Getting shit from it on Facebook, a public forum, from the station's manager, was unacceptable in my mind and showed me how I was really thought of in Andy Lloyd's eyes. For your information, I have no more or less of an ego than anyone else at the station and it doesn't hurt to be proud of what you do on the radio, I certainly don't need help. The subsequent email exchange that took place between us was just childish. While I regret 'biting', the response only helped to strengthen my feeling that I should quit while I'm ahead.
The Sunday Alternative name will live on. For the time being, it will continue as a podcast that will appear every Sunday morning on the show's Mixcloud account, until I find a new radio home for it. The Steve's LP Box segment will also continue.
I will also continue to present The Sound Of Nottingham UK, (the home of Robin Hood on Robin Hood Radio) for Connecticut based Robin Hood Radio, which broadcasts twice over the weekend, (6am Saturday and 6pm Sunday UK time).
I have mostly enjoyed my time at Trent Sound, and I hope that the friendships I have made will continue. You all have my number and Facebook/Twitter details.
The Sunday Alternative is something I am very proud of, and I know that the show is good enough to continue for a long time to come.
I am sorry to have had to resort to this action, I sincerely hope that Trent Sound continues to provide the service that it is committed to. After all, TS is Nottingham's only independent local radio station and local radio is very important. It is genuine when I say that I wish all the very best of luck to all involved at 'Trent Towers'.
Thanks must also go to Penny Reeve, Chris Underwood, Erik Petersen, Andy Haynes, Bainy, and Jason Loftus for co-hosting and deputising. Thanks also to Bainy, Andy, and Callum for producing my live music sessions.
Steve Oliver
PS- As with everyone else who has left the station, I fully expect to be slagged off until a new target is found. Frankly, I don't fucking care.

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