David Sibbald

A Scot from Edinburgh but at university in Glasgow, I embarked on my radio career at Radio Clyde in the Newsroom. But I found the attraction of teaching Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French was too strong to resist.

In 1985 I moved abroad (to England!) and managed to own a restaurant while teaching part-time. It was then I had a regular Sunday Nostalgia programme on Yorkshire Dales Radio, then on the internet and after I finally retired from teaching, I found myself doing a daily breakfast show on a community radio station in Yorkshire.

And now I am on Smooth FM on Saturday mornings - things seem warmer already! I’m happy to be involved in things Spanish again, having studied and taught the language and culture for what seems like hundreds of years! The lure of Spanish cuisine and wine is always tempting and visiting friends here is always a pleasure. They don’t have to ask me twice!

I hope my gentler Smooth Standards on Saturdays is to your liking - a mixture of the Sinatras and Fitzgeralds we know so well together with memories of top hits we may have forgotten, but which we can all share. I hope you’ll tell me if I’m not on the right lines!

 

Testimonials


Hi Ray, Thanks again for all you efforts and helping us to raise €820 net after expenses last Sunday on our Family Fun Day. Would it be possible for me to come down to the studio to give out a personal thank you to all who supported us and attended on the day. €410 will go toward helping families in need in Arboleas and €410 to the schoolchildren of Arboleas to help pay for school outings etc. ONCE AGAIN A MASSIVE THANK YOU !!!!!
Ray and the ACRAA Committee
Great tracks, every one, but whilst making wife comfy after steroid injection, would have appreciated brief reference to artists! Keep up the good work entertaining us!!
Mike
The Committee of F.A.C.E. would like to thank you for your generous donation of 150€. The monies you raised from your tombola will be distributed to one or more of the area's charitable organisations needing financial support. With your generosity and hard work you have contributed to helping them with their needs, so thank you on their behalf too. F.A.C.E. is a registered Charity in Arboleas raising money for local needs. We are totally dependent upon external support/donations and also the commitment of our volunteers. We have raised considerable amounts of money in the past to help those in need and we would like to carry on doing so in the future, so your continuing support will be very much appreciated.
Amanda Maunders – Secretary, On behalf of the F.A.C.E. Committee
Hi Ray I have to write to say your show is the best in the area without being prejudice it is worth tuning into. I always say live presenting is always better, we had the same problem down on mijas costa. Presenters are hard to get as most do it free or get their own sponsors. Well done keep it up and keep playing my type of music.
Gil
Hi Smooth FM, Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoy your recent programmes. We have been Smooth FM (via computer) listeners since you first started but we also listened to BBC Radio2 quite often particularly on a Sunday. However since you have improved your signal we are able to receive you loud and clear on our radio and I want you to know how we appreciate the music you are playing now and not too many adverts, we listen to you all day. (up to 18.15 when Mum wants to watch Pointless!!!!) We are a couple of 'Old Codgers' in our eighties and you play all the music we like? Particularly on a Sunday when it was always BBC Radio2 all day. Well done and thank you.
John Patrick (Big Bad John)
Dear Smooth FM, The Committee of F.A.C.E. would like to thank you for providing the music and your generous donation of a raffle prize at our recent summer night market. The monies raised from the event  will be distributed to one or more of the area's charitable organization's needing financial support. With your generosity and hard work you have contributed to helping them with their needs, so thank you on their behalf too.
The Committee