About Steve

Steve Hart – all you need to know and less…

Steve is the host of Just Jazz, he’s a journalist, occasional VO artist, and built this website using bits of code found in a box under the stairs.

The former professional club DJ managed to entertain UK club-goers across 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, volunteered at Southend Hospital Radio, hosted breakfast at Basildon Radio (now Gateway), and – having completed his NCTJ training to become a journalist – worked as a reporter for newspapers, as well as BBC Essex and Essex Radio.

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, and morphing into a smooth jazz programme (which prompted the name change).

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 moved from London to Auckland, New Zealand in 2000 and 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 the pecan pie you used to get at 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 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.