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Paul Collins

Paul Collins is a historian, writer and broadcaster with over 20 books and numerous articles, specialising in the history of transport and of my native Black Country, under his belt.

After many years spent as a researcher and lecturer at Birmingham University, he now works as a conservation officer and guest speaker when he isn't behind a mic. He's also a TV and radio broadcaster, having been seen on screen for the Open University and, most recently, as part of 'Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys'.

With a small group of local people, he founded 102.5 The ’Bridge, which has now developed into Black Country Radio, where he can be heard twice a week with Black Country Matters on a Sunday Aternoon and the 70s & 80s Show on Wednesday evenings from 7pm.





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  • Billy Spakemon (24th June)

    With a mixture of live and recorded music, spoken word and stories from performers, Billy mixes this with interviews and contributions from a diverse group of individuals and organisations working and living in the region. Listen and get a real taste of

  • Black Country Matters (24th June)

    Paul Collins is joined by some of the most interesting guests on the radio for 2 hours each week, including live music from 3pm.

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    Jonathan carries on the easy music with some more great classics from decades gone by - tweet him WeAreBCR!


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