BBC Radio Sheffield’s mid-morning presenter Rony Robinson is celebrating exactly 30 years to the day when he started his first daily show.
Yesterday he was surprised live on-air by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield who Rony thought was a guest. Instead Councillor Peter Rippon stopped the interview and said “This is not about me, you’ve been brought here under false pretences. On behalf of the citizens of Sheffield can we thank you for thirty brilliant years”.
He was then reunited with his former co-presenter Jenny Day who worked with Rony 23 years ago. She took over the programme and for the next hour invited in a succession of surprise guests.
The Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said he arrived in the city 16-years ago. John Mothersole said: “My landlord told me I needed to know three things about Sheffield. Hendersons Relish, the Fat Cat Pub and Rony Robinson, and all three are absolutely brilliant. He holds us to account which sometimes can be a bit comfortable and asks questions people want asking. The one thing we need to know about Rony is he’s always for Sheffield.”
Martyn Weston, the Editor of BBC Radio Sheffield told RadioToday: “Rony is rooted in high principles and thrives on being on the radio for three-hours every day. He is a fine example of fairness, tenacity and impartiality. I’ve never met anyone who is so fiercely proud of where he lives and this shines through on-air.”
Rony was nominated for a Radio Academy Award this year as Speech Broadcaster and was up against Jane Garvey, Justine Webb, Victoria Derbyshire and Melvyn Bragg. He’s just been highly commended at the Yorkshire O2 Media Awards.
Former and current colleagues as well as friends arrived to mark his anniversary with a civic celebration in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the Sheffield Town Hall where he was presented with a radio themed cake, complete with branded BBC Radio Sheffield mug.