John’s love of sport led him into broadcasting. On a Saturday night in the early 70s he visited the Isle of Wight Hospital Studio, at St Mary’s, to talk about sport. He was invited back the next week as a regular on the show and then moved into interviewing famous stars who visited the Island. His earliest being The Bachelors, Eve Boswell, Helen Shapiro and Roy Castle. In 1975 he joined the new local paper, the Isle of Wight Weekly Post, and wrote a Stagetalk column and a regular Sports Personality feature. He wrote for the full 15 year history of the now defunct newspaper.
His love of showbiz led him to interview top stars and he began to write for The Stage, the national newspaper for the entertainment industry. This still continues today and he goes all over the South Coast reviewing shows.
When Isle of Wight Radio launched in 1990 he was given his own chat show and John Hannam Meets is still going strong today. During these years John has interviewed hundreds of local characters and personalities and helped many young Islanders in their hunt for success in life. He is also known for thousands of interviews with famous stars and personalities, all of which have been with in-person interviews.
John is almost unique in British radio as all of his interviews are face to face. He does not undertake phone or down-the-line interviews and has so many memories and stories of meeting the stars. He does occasional talks for charity on his life as an interviewer. Through his contacts, personal friendships with stars and credibility within the industry he regularly attracts stars who do not normally do local radio interviews.
Away from work he enjoys visiting the theatre, running across the downs, reading biographies and following cricket. John has two children, Sean is a journalist/broadcaster in the electronics industry and Caroline a West End wardrobe mistress.
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Monday, 22 April 2013 11:32 -
Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:20 -
Monday, 06 August 2012 15:21 - listen again to John Hannams' moving tribute to Geoffrey Hughes
Monday, 30 April 2012 11:59 - John Hannam talks to Lionel Bart - part 1
Monday, 30 April 2012 11:44 - John Hannam talks to Lionel Bart - part 2
Monday, 30 April 2012 11:30 - John Hannam talks to Lionel Bart - part 3
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:55 - John Hannam talks to Lionel Bart - part 4
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 12:07 - The legendary Tv exec chats to John Hannam
Monday, 12 March 2012 13:12 - John talks to Merrill Osmond as part of his Osmond family celebrations
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:32 - John interviews the Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 14:12 - John Hannam speaks to American singer Judy Collins
Monday, 05 March 2012 13:44 - John interviews the actress Sheila Hancock about her life in film and television.
Monday, 05 March 2012 13:21 - John interviews TV personality and professional dancer Louie Spence
Monday, 05 March 2012 12:30 - John chats to the comedian Jethro on his return to the island
Monday, 05 March 2012 10:06 - John chats to the legendary actor and of course voice of Darth Vader James Earl Jones