I’m going to be on the radio today


This morning I was interviewed over the telephone by Michael Cleere of Premier Christian Radio for a slot that will be broadcast today at 15:15.

You can listen online to my ramblings about Random Acts of Kindness, Join Me, life as a Christian within a university setting and my love of metal!

Sadly there is no “listen again” facility so I will miss it, as I’ll be in a meeting from 15:00 – 16:00 about migrating website content. If anyone would like to record it to MP3 and send it to me then that would be great, thanks.


Tim kindly recorded the interview, which you can download in MP3 from this website now:

  • premier-gareth.mp3 (MP3, 2.4 MB)

It was, in my opinion, a very well-edited interview — he cut the full 11 minutes down to a couple of minutes, which flowed well and completely omitted anything that I might have said about my love of heavy music.

However, in his introduction and outro Michael Cleere managed to single-handedly relocate Scotland’s oldest university, from St Andrews to Edinburgh! I have, of course, e-mailed him to ask him to return St Andrews to Fife.


I received the following humble apology from Mr Cleere:

PLEASE accept my apologies in advance. I shall indeed make mention of the mistake today, and take the blame. I shall make sure that nobody is guilty by association.

Apologies accepted.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

9 thoughts on “I’m going to be on the radio today”

    I have been reading your Blog every day (Except the days when you don’t post anything.) for about a year. I love the little everyday little insights into life and technology. I hope you don’t mind me reading your blog. Now that I am making contact for the first time I feel a little ashamed about reading, I feel now as though I have been watching from behind the net curtains for the last year.

    So why do I now make contact?

    Well you spoke!

    Up until now you have been a web post that I read each day, but then when I listened to your radio interview I heard your voice. And strange as it may seem you are actually a real person (I never realised this before) (Of course you know you are real but I never thought about it.)

    Then I heard your voice and may I say you do not sound the way that I imagined you would sound. (I didn’t imagine you even had a voice so it is a little unsettling.)

    This is werid.

    But I thought I should say something. (Because you said something on the radio)


    I think I like your blog because:
    I used to have a Psion Revo & a Psion 5mx – I have now moved to a Pocket Pc after wrecking the screen on my Psion.
    I also studied computer science before becoming a minister.
    I still like to dabble in all things computers.
    I hate broadband connections that don’t work!
    I like going to Edinburgh and spent my honneymoon there.

    Keep up the blogging!
    Sorry for sounding like a stalker.

    You sound more like yourself now that I have listened again!

    (Northern Ireland)

  2. Rick (Northern Ireland),

    I’ve known Gareth since before he discovered blogging. And the funny thing is that when I read his blog I always ‘hear’ it in his voice…


    Good to hear you on the radio, albeit in highly edited form. As a Christian and a DAB radio owner, I have tried several times to listen to Premier Christian Radio, but always find I can’t bear it for more than a few minutes at a time. The cheese levels are just too high. I inevitably end up tuning back to Planet Rock…


  3. That’s funny because when I read my blog I hear it in my voice too. That’s spooky!

    I think my DAB radio only has 4 stations (in order of popularity): Planet Rock, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music. 😉

    Though to be fair it has been known to visit BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland on occasion, as well as Kerrang! Radio.

  4. And to prove that I was indeed abject in my apology here’s the script :

    THE HOME RUN – MAR 01, 2007

    15.08 INTRO+MENU

    CORRECTION : on yesterday’s programme we relocated the University of St Andrews in Scotland to the city of Edinburgh. This was in the context of our chat with the Rev Gareth Saunders about the kindness collective. It is in fact at St Andrews (as the name suggests) – 50 miles north-east of Edinburgh, and about 12 miles south of Dundee. So apologies, for the confusion. We dare to do many things on the Home Run and on Premier Christian Radio but shifting an entire university (and not just any old university – the oldest in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK) was, in a manner of speaking, beyond the pale. In fact, so far beyond the pale as to border on a Celtic liberty of very large proportions.

    15.17 COMMS

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