Hilary Cooke is a founding member of MP Radio. The Chair of Medway Pride & CEO of Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre has a passion and determination for improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ people.
She founded the South East Gender Initiative in 2011 who developed MGSD Centre in 2012 to deliver support services for the LGBTQIA+ community. She worked with the community to create Medway Pride Community Organisation and helped produce and deliver Gravesham & Medway Virtual Pride in 2020.
Hilary has always had a love of music across all genres, from Trad to Big Band & B Bop Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass & Country Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock Blues, Pop, Progressive Rock, Electronic Dance Music. She was involved in the local live music scene from the 1990's, promoting musicians & bands gigs in pubs and singing with local bands and at jam sessions.
Hilary's Friday show 'Hilary's Mash Up' will be just that, a mix of music from Classic Rock to Dance Party including from the local music scene. Hilary also has another show, The TransSister Radio Show
Her favourite bands are AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Santana, Genesis, Supertramp, Lindisfarne
Her other work for the community revolves around rasing awareness of Trans and Non-binary peoples needs, such as better access to healthcare. reducing discrimination and working with Kent police to highlight issues around hate crime and hate incidents.
Hilary is Chair of Maidstone Independent Police Advisory Group & a member of the Medway and Kent County IPAG's, She is an member of several NHS patient advisory groups and the joint Trans & Non-binary Health Care Advisory Group.
Shea likes to refer to herself in third person this could be because she always wanted to be a pirate. She has been know you make innocent parties walk the plank. Shea is married to the long suffering Sarah who tries to keep her out of the worst of the trouble she creates. Shea collects records and high heeled boots and been known to dance badly to one while wearing the other. She would like to travel and work with animals if she grows up.
Shea as part of the MP Radio team was responsible for creating the technical structure behind the station, it would not exist without her knowledge and skills to run an internet radio station.
Shea Coffey is a founding member of MP Radio / Station Manager / DJ / Presenter.
Hello I’m Mike Silver,
I am a music collector of all genres, and have been for about 50 years.
Everything from Abba to Zappa and from Bartok to Big Bands. I am a chocoholic, food lover and I love old B movie Sci-Fis from the 50’s and 60’s, I love my garden and nature in general, I am here with big shoulders to lean upon and always ready to listen.
I have worked in the medical arena as a Patient Representative / Patient Educator for about 10 years now, working with everyone from local pharmacies and local doctors surgeries, to CCG's and the NHS.
Also I have worked with the LGBT community here in Manchester on the Pride in Practice project. I work with medical students in Manchester Medical school as a Patient Educator, bringing the patients perspective to the students during their years at University, I have found this most rewarding. Lastly I am involved with several forums/groups meetings etc covering everything from LGBT matters , Dentistry, Pharmacy and PPIE (Patient Public Involvement and Engagement) oh and did I say I like chocolate?...lol
Helanna, known as "H", is Chair of Gravesham Pride, a Member of Medway Pride Community Organisation Team & MGSD Centre. She is also a founding Member of Medway Pride Radio.
Helanna works in the NHS mental health services educating and encouraging both staff and patients to be out, proud and loud! She also advises and advocates for improved services for the LGBTQ+ community and provides training for staff on providing care for LGBTQ+ patients.
HER PERSONAL PRIDE "Pride for me will always be an opportunity to educate and inform. It is a way to educate those outside the community about us and educate the community about itself".
Helanna advises "I’m a child of the section 28 generation who came out in my teens at an all girls school… as you can image that did not turn out so well! Experiencing first hand the damage it can do when people are placed in an environment where LGBTQ+ matters are totally taboo, I made a promise to myself to never to stay quiet and ashamed again. Although I am an activist, educator and rebel at heart, first and foremost I will always be a mother and wife"
As for her favourite music she says " I like music that tells a story and punches you in the feels. My favourite band is Sick of Sarah and musician is Grace Petrie”
Helanna's MP Radio program is called 'Lesbio Rock Out'
Sophie grew up listening to all kinds of music before entering an emo phase she never left. This makes her a big fan of pop punk bands.
She spends lots of time at concerts and festivals, when global pandemics don't stop her, and enjoys supporting the local music scene. She's interested in music education, most notably educating her boyfriend on what good music actually is.
She also has a superpower - meeting celebrities by complete coincidence. This might be in restaurants, coffee shops or train stations but is always hilarious and something she looks forward to being able to get back to when it's safe.
Sophie also has a large collection of band merch, including a T shirt an ex stole from her five years ago that she finally replaced on Depop. Note: everything is replaceable.
Tommy C joins us with 20 years DJ experience within the pub/club scene, with previous residencies and appearances stretching from Kent, all the way up to Aberdeenshire.
He currently resides in Medway's two foremost LGBTQ+ night time venues, The Ship Inn, Rochester, and Coyotes Bar & Nightclub in Chatham (pre-pandemic of course!). Post-pandemic, you'll find him overseeing the weekend's eclectic musical entertainment in either venue, and he has performed alongside the likes of Drag With No Name, Dave Lynn, Topping & Butch, Scarlet Diamonte, and many more.
Tommy C also works in Health and Safety within the utility industry, and does a touch of graphic design or geology outside the world of work and music.
Hi I'm Sarah, long suffering wife of Shea, and the Director of Design and Social Media at the station. Musically I like what Shea tells me is good (I nod and agree, it really is easier), and have a soft spot for Take That.
I like art and spend much of my spare time sketching, so was happy to help create the show posters and some of the social media design.
I think Medway is a vibrant place, that has a real community feel to it and love the feel of Rochester.
Thanks for reading.
James Haslam trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. He has been performing cabaret since 2004 in London’s hottest cabaret spots including Pizza On The Park, The Pheasantry, Pizza Express Live Holborn, St James Theatre, Camden Festival, Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Crystal Palace Festival etc.
In 2019, James became the world's first ever awarded LGBTQAI+ Elvis act with his acclaimed parody Elvis tribute act Elberace (Gay Elvis): A Hunk Of Mincing Love! His self penned show "James Haslam’s Clutching Pearls" was nominated for a What's On Stage Award in 2011.
James also practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the Soka Gakkai International.
The Bio of Jayne in Jayne’s World.......
Reality or fiction... Who knows? I certainly don’t.
Greetings & salutations to you my dear bio reader,
The world is certainly a strange place, nothing is stranger for me than being a full-time admin worker in an office deciding to become a DJ. The story of this started a mere two weeks ago, when my lovely life partner Isla made the craziest suggestion. “Why don’t you have a go at being a DJ?” she said, “it’s will be fun!” she said. At that time all I said was ok, but little did I know what I had let myself in for.
Two weeks later and the weekend before the launch of Medway Pride Radio, I have spent about £200 on CDs & still waiting for half of them to arrive, then still searching for more. I think I might bankrupt myself doing this. I have also done for the 1st time recorded a show for Shea to listen to, to which I was persuaded to do a live test show the following day, for some strange reason I said “Urm...I guess.”.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect & didn’t know what I was doing, I am also not sure on how to describe the experience – Exhilarating, tense, a constant sense of anxiety? Fun, exciting, so much so I would have a heart attack live on show! Either way I think I may have a bug for it.
Jayne’s World is to look at the world from a DJ virgin & music disciple perspective, I will be looking at the world of music & the emotions they invoke on the big and small screen which enables you to re-live those moments. Live action, Animation it does not matter.... we will hopefully search this vast musical world for those gems them together!
I hope you like.
Profession: Office worker – Now DJ
Random Internet Questions I found to answer as I didn’t know what to ask myself....
- When and where were you born?
Northampton, in hospital, because Milton Keynes didn’t have one in August 1981.
- Do you recall any interesting stories regarding your birth?
My Dad said that after the drugs they gave my mum & the fact that she had just watched Cannonball run... She was shouting Captain Chaos at the top of her lungs. Also, I was told that my dad had a bet with the midwife for a Mars bar that I would be a boy.
- Did you have any pets as a child? What kind?
My dad had a pet duck called Donald when I was small, he came home from work one day and asked what was for dinner...... My mum (from Hong Kong) told my dad that duck was for dinner. You can guess what happened after he went to call Donald for his dinner.
- What is your definition of “happiness”?
Happiness is......Music, Food, love and life. Being with people you love. Share the love!
- How do you think people will remember you?
It will be a passing comment.... What the hell was that?
- What is your greatest fear?
To fluff up a live show royally.
To lose all my music/anime that and those weird creepy crawlies.
- What is your greatest hope?
To be able to perform without fluffing up royally. That there will always be a third option in any situation.
- What do you think happens after death?
We all turn into a ball of light and join a bigger ball of light and experience all things objectively. Well, it is either that or I will get reincarnated into a fish.
- What place does religion have in your life?
Life is one long spiritual journey that has no end.
- What are the main lessons you’ve learned in life?
I don’t know I am still living it; I will probably learn the greatest lesson just before I die.