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Midlands' radio stars... revealed

GRAHAM TORRINGTON

IT'S 13 years since BRMB's homegrown Romantica star Graham Torrington was sacked by future Fame Academy judge Richard Park.

But if Graham was the fall guy in a bid to generate publicity about Capital's BRMB takeover in 1993, the Great Barr lad is set to have the last laugh - a decade after moving to rival company GWR.

His current Late Night Love relationships' show is now syndicated across 41 independent radio stations nationwide, from 10pm - 1am Mon-Thu and 9pm - midnight on Sundays.

And one of those is BRMB, following GWR's merger with Capital to form GCap Media.

The technology required to run such a complex local-but-national show will be installed at BRMB within weeks enabling Graham, who lives close to the Mailbox, to be able to walk to and from work at last.

"After I left BRMB I worked for Buzz in Birmingham, Kix 96 in Coventry and then began to do the Late Night Love show for ten years from Bristol!

"But I've always lived in Birmingham. I was doing 800 miles a week, but I've only missed one show in all of that time when the M5 was shut.

"We currently do the show from Beacon in Wolverhampton but, with today's technology, you can do a show anywhere and I work from home on my computer to prepare each one."

Now 45, Graham bears Richard Park no grudges.

"At the time, leaving BRMB was horrendous but you just have to walk away and evaluate stuff - you can't just slag off the person who is firing you because they have to make decisions.

"In a way, the man who fired me made a success of me - not that I would thank him for it! But we've been doing things a long time before Jezza (Jeremy Kyle) came along and he's now on TV. The facts are my show has performed consistently for a decade."

Losing his 44-year-old high-flying travel industry brother Mark to cancer two years ago enables Graham to talk more freely about death and other subjects than he could before.

"I absolutely love my job," he says. "Last week, we had 1,700 calls from guys offering their services to a woman who wanted a sperm donor."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 2, 2006
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