Hi everyone, Andy Hooton here…..Wolverhampton born and bred but now exiled in The East Midlands and spreading the Black Country dialect to anyone who is brave enough to attempt to decipher what I’m saying! I’ve been a Funkateer since 1974 when I first heard some “proper” Kool & The Gang – the track that really hit home being “Rated X” from the “Good Times” album. I began my association with “our music’ as a collector initially, but dabbled in DJ-ing at house parties and Wolverhampton’s Club Lafayette. Venue-wise, I regularly attended all-dayers at Manchester Ritz; Blackpool Mecca and Birmingham Locarno, and went to some great nightclubs too – Rafters (Manchester); Chaplin’s (Birmingham); Rum Runner (Birmingham) and Soul/Funk/Jazz-Funk nights at the aforementioned Club Lafayette. I’ve been broadcasting for several years now, and after a three year tenure elsewhere, I’m honoured to bring my “Shifting Gears” show (and my accent/dialect) to JFSR on Tuesday’s at 8pm.