Hi there! I’m Johnny Robinson, podcaster, radio presenter, comedy writer and a bunch of other stuff that I really can’t be bothered to write down. If you’d like a detailed look at my CV and experience you can find that here or you can have a read below.
I enjoy comedy and superhero dramas at the moment. I really enjoy The Flash, Arrow and Gotham, but my favorite films are the Marvel films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Iron Man mainly. I really enjoy dramas especially if they have an element of comedy, another amazement of mine is time travel. One of my favourite films is the Back To The future trilogy, and the BBC dramas Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.
As for comedy I enjoy Peacock and Gamble, and really enjoy shows like Mock The Week, Nevermind the Buzzcocks. A lot of it stems as far back as Monty Python, the Goodies, Faulty Towers, newer things like Friday night Dinner, and things like The Day Today, Brass Eye, Time Trumpet are amazing.
I currently run www.soundgorillas.co.uk with my friend and colleague Jelmer Lelieveld. We went to university together where we met our friend Robin Smith and presented a bunch of crazy but well thought out radio shows such as In The Dark and It’s Not Rocket Science. At University Jelmer and I won an award for our Superhero Drama Code Red which we released on Audioboom through sound gorillas. You can hear it by clicking here.
We also met our good friend Fred Hart at university. We all seemed to end up working on tasks with each other which actually was really fun because although he doesn’t seem like it at first glance, but he is a really funny guy and just an ace person to know. We also met Sound Gorillas regulars Zoe Fell who was on our course and lived with Fred, Dan Ayshford, Kerren Lippett and Jamie Wade (all on our course), Dan Stayt who was in the year below us and Steven Walker-Emflorgo who was in the same year as Dan Stayt. They are all in this pic (Other than Steven and Ayshford, they weren’t in that day).
My other good friend is Rich (He’s the one getting in the way of me. We met at Swindon FM in 2003. Since then we founded a community radio station, wrote a superhero drama and got drunk numerous times. Although I’ve moved away from Swindon now, I still consider him as one of my best mates.
I have two little ones, Ruby and Finn. Ruby lives with her mum in Yorkshire and Finn lives with me and his mum Aphre, who I am engaged to. Ruby will be 8 this year and Finn will have his first birthday. I obviously love Aphre or I wouldn’t be getting married to her. She makes me laugh, she is amazing at puns and we play silly games together like quoting song lyrics, watching old adverts, eating ice cream and can generally be stupid around each other without being judged.
Along with radio I have tried other things such as Stand Up Comedy. I am a founding member of the University Of Gloucestershire’s comedy society. We called it ComSock (mainly because Zoe and I thought it sounded a bit dirty). My good friend Mel took over from me and re-named it the Comedy Society. I also enjoy making music mixes. I’m trying to get better at it. I don’t think I’ll ever be a DJ in a nightclub or whatever, but I guess it is a handy skill to have, especially for a radio person. I’m just just a pretty voice. You can hear a bad attempt at this below. Maybe a few more years as a bedroom DJ before taking it seriously
I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2014 with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Radio Production, and have previously been the head of music and lead imaging producer at Tone Radio and it’s associated stations which means I put all the music on the computer, made sure it played out properly and made all the jingles for the station. We also presented on the festival stations Wychwood FM at the Wychwood Festival and Trees FM at the 2000 Trees Festival
In 2014 I was nominated at the Student Radio awards for best chart show which I presented with Zoe. We also got good feedback for the Code Red Radio Drama, The Prick Up Your Ears Radio Show and our panel show It’s Not Rocket Science. Here’s the Tone team us at the awards
Before that I went to Wiltshire college where I studied Media production in TV and Film, so I also know how to make videos too (as you can see from the videos section above).
Previous to college I was a presenter, producer and everything you can think of at community station Swindon 105.5, and commercial station Swindon FM (They are different by the way, just not very creative with names I guess). One of my roles was head of music and I presented a Saturday night show there. In between all of that I did some backstage work at Brunel FM, work experience at Original 106.5 and a few other places.
At Swindon 105.5 I presented a Saturday evening show with my friend Rich, and we were joined by different people sometimes. The first to join us was our producer and friend Jonathan Mills. He went off sick for a little so studio Matt and Dan Rogers covered for him, and Dan stayed when he came back. Johnny covered for Jakki J on the Wednesdays and became one of their team. Rich, Mills, Studio Matt and Dan took a small break and Jakki came in with presenter James Espley (AKA J Rock from Team Rock radio). James stayed until we left.
At Sound Gorillas I write comedy sketches and radio dramas. I wrote audio drama Code Red – Part 1 with Robin Smith, and the second part my myself. I’m in the process of writing more episodes along with a few other things in the pipeline.