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Presenter swaps youth radio role for life in the south Atlantic
A RADIO presenter who swapped land-locked Worcester for island life in the south Atlantic is now officially entertaining the troops.
Chris Keen is settling into his new role on the Falkland Islands after he joined the British Forces Broadcasting Service to present its breakfast show.
The 24-year-old, of Claines, who was formerly the voice of Worcester station Youthcomm’s morning show, spoke of landing his dream job and taking a life-changing step on to the career ladder. The former Worcester Sixth Form College student said: “I’ve been here almost a month now and so far I have enjoyed every minute of it.
“Working so closely with the military is great.
“I live, eat, and socialise with them so I can really get a sense of how they work away from home during an overseas deployment.
“My passion is presenting and to do this for BFBS is a dream come true.
“This has been a huge, life-changing move for me, so I’m very excited, but at the same time a little sad to have left home.
“I grew up in Worcester and loved it as there’s beautiful countryside on the one side and a great city centre on the other.
“Working in the Falklands is totally different to any job I have ever had.
“For a start, just to get to the studio I have to walk down what seems like the longest corridor in the world – that’s weird.
“I love being on air here and having interaction from the guys and girls, especially when I meet them in the mess and they tell me they’re listening to the show.
“Hopefully I’m making a difference and brightening up their day by playing their favourite song or just by saying hello.”
The City University London graduate joins BFBS Falkland Islands as the station reaches its 30th year broadcasting entertainment, sport, music and live news to British forces and Islanders.
Station manager Anthony Ballard said: “We were delighted when Chris decided to join the presentation line-up here in the south Atlantic.
“He has settled in well and is popular with our audience and has become a valuable member of the BFBS Falkland Islands team.”
To contact Mr Keen, e-mail email@example.com or connect via social media @BFBS_Falklands and on Facebook BFBS Falkland Islands.