Steve Hart – all you need to know and less…

Steve is the host of Just Jazz, a hobby radio show that’s syndicated to almost 100 stations worldwide. He’s a writer, podcast producer and an occasional VO artist.

The former professional DJ managed to entertain UK club-goers across London, Essex and Kent with his choice of music and tomfoolery until the corporations took over in the 90s. He had a short stint at stand-up (until he was asked to sit down), and you may have seen him on UK’s Channel 4 TV (as the interference).

He was a Radio Top Shop presenter for 4 years, volunteered at Southend Hospital Radio, hosted breakfast at Basildon Radio (Gateway), and – taking a fork in the road – completed his NCTJ training to become a journalist. He’s worked for newspapers and magazines as well as in the newsrooms of BBC Essex and Essex Radio.

His career as a journalist took him around the world on many photo-journalism assignments and he ended up editing a range of newspapers and magazines in both the UK and New Zealand (where he is now based).

He hosted 80s dance music show The Pleasuredome for three years until 2017, and before Just Jazz there was the Cool Nights show which ran for 180 weekly episodes – starting out as a news and music show it morphed into a dedicated jazz programme (which prompted the name change to Just Jazz).

Steve records his radio programmes in a broom cupboard using an avant-garde mixture of wooden boxes, string, bits of wire, and elastic bands. He build this website using some code left over from broken ZX Spectrum.

He would walk over broken glass (with his shoes on) for a pint in an old English pub served with Cumberland sausage and chips. Oh, and a traditional English teacake…And a pecan pie from the Iceland shop wouldn’t go amiss either!

He is the author of the 10-seller book Podcasting Made Easy and science fiction short Mayan and The Legion of Alice – available in paperback, audio book, E-Pub and Kindle. He enjoys all-things creative; writing, audio production and radio jingles, and is a dab hand at using Reason, Reaper, and Izotope.

When he’s not working he reads non-fiction, sips Black Label (no ice), and plots his revenge.

A step back in time…

Nero’s Discotheque, Ramsgate, Kent, in the 1980s.
My last night at Zhivago's in Southend-on-Sea
My last night at Zhivago’s in Southend-on-Sea.
My radio Top Shop friends...
My (Radio) Top Shop friends and I…. Left to right: (back) Barbara Woodham, Me, Marilyn, Carol Brown, Martine, Heather. Front: Dionne Ambridge (left), and Jo Syrett. C 1985.