Nic Tuff producer | composer | musician | voice
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Nic found radio magical from an early age. He made his radio debut at the age of eleven on BBC Radio Bristol when he hosted Morning West with one of the broadcasting's greats, the late Roger Bennett who so sadly passed away in 2005. From here Nic went on to join his local hospital radio station, The Bristol Hospital's Broadcasting Service to "learn the ropes".  It was actually his mum, who is really responsible for getting Nic into professional radio on a full time basis. She was an avid listener of Mark Seaman & wrote asking if her son could come and have a look around the studio's of Radio West in Bristol. Mark kindly invited Nic, and gave him the opportunity to help around the station by making the coffee, putting away the presenters records back in the record library etc.

As he spent more time at the studio's, he was given more to do, such as becoming the station's technical operator, recording, producing and playing out of some of the pre-recorded output. Here, Nic worked alongside some of the legends, such as Jonnie Walker, David Hamilton, Steve Scott, Jonathon Pearce, Paul Phear, Trevor Fry, Dave Barrett, Stephanie Hirst,.

He progressed from being the "tea boy" to becoming the voice on some of the UK's best known media brands in the UK such as BBC Radio Bristol, BRMB FM, Mercia FM, Galaxy FM, XTRA AM, The Pulse, BUZZ FM, KIX 96, GWR FM, Wyvern FM, Telstar Satellite Network(Europe), Yorkshire Television, and launched 107 Oak FM. Over the years, Nic has been a familiar voice on the radio and has been the voice behind many commercials & corporate films.

While being based in Birmingham, Nic formed a firm lasting friendship with the Robin Campbell, James Brown, & Brian Travers of UB40. This was around the time of the band recording and launching their album “Promises & Lies”. Nic came up with the idea of recording a new style of programme he called “The Album Party”, an hour long show where bands could showcase their new albums while having an open & relaxed chat about the music. Nic saw The Album Party as music lovers first opportunity to hear a new album, and also to hear from the artist how it all came together. UB40 were booked as the first band to debut their biggest selling album,Promises & Lies, across their home city, Birmingham.

From the midlands, the only way was north. Nic was originally asked by Steve King to join Hallam FM around 1990, he turned down the first couple of requests to join the team, but went on to accept an offer to  join Hallam's sister station The Pulse, hosting the mid-morning slot. Soon after joining the presentation team, he started to pull in more & more listeners & started to beat all the other stations in the ratings at certain day parts.

 After a few months, Nic was asked to present Breakfast, being teamed up with Debbie Lindley & after a short time, the two pulled in more listeners than the station ever had. It was clear that the chemistry between Nic & Debbie was special, natural, & the two connected with the audience from day one. For the very first time in the history of local radio in West Yorkshire, The Pulse  became  brand leader knocking Radio 2 off of the coveted number one position.

Nic was keen to move into management & decided to accept an offer to manage the presentation team at Kix96 (Owned by the legends, Muff & Ginny Murfin). This station had a strong reputation in the industry as a talent pool. Nic hired Chris Brooks as his number two & head of music.

Nic put together a strong on air team, including Paul McLaughlin, David Francis, Kam Kelly, Chris Brookes & Dave Kelly. He gave the team their own production space to be "on air personalities" instead of “a voice” reading liner cards. This format helped shape a radio station that had a unique fresh, young, fun on air sound that the audience craved.

While presenting breakfast, Nic pulled off one of the biggest radio April fool gags ever by calling Nelson Mandela at home in South Africa, pretending to be the former Prime Minister Tony Blair (April 98). Nic said "speaking to one of the worlds biggest icons was amazing. Throughout our chat, all he was interested in was other people & peace in Northern Ireland." After speaking to Nelson, he had various discussions with Mandela’s office in South Africa (while they were on board the QE2 having dinner with The Queen!), it was clear that Nelson Mandela has a great sense of humour and definitely saw the funny side, although the head of state security did not..."  A couple of day’s later, South Africa hatched a plan to get their own back on Nic. During a show, Nic got a call he was not expecting, an angry Nelson Mandela demanding an apology. Nic put the call live on air, however the call was from Jeremy Mansfield, one of Mandela’s grand children who worked for a South Africa radio station “Hiveld Stereo”. A great impersonator of the great man himself, he made Nic grovel on air, both in the UK and live across South Africa!

He also scored a goal against David Seaman a day before England's first match in the 1998 World Cup (June 98). Early 1999. Nic has also trod the boards and appeared on stage in two professional Pantomimes alongside people such as Lisa Riley (Emerdale), Rhino from Gladiators, Ben Freeman (Emerdale). Nic played a very short Emperor in Aladdin, (directed by Adam Woodyatt - (Ian Beale in Eastender’s) & went on to play the Panto "Baddie" - the Chamberlain, supported by Emerdale’s “Scot Windsor” in Cinderella, both productions hosted by the Victoria Theatre in Halifax in Yorkshire.

A keen musician (keyboards,guitar,percussion) he now spends his time writing music, producing & recording for film, TV, Radio & music industry.