Off the Beaten Track: Saturday 6pm – 7pm
Tim is looking forward to sharing his interest in a wide variety of musical acts with Somer Valley FM’s listeners over the weeks ahead. “This show gives listeners an opportunity to delve beyond the well-known hits and discover how each act evolved and developed over the years,” says Tim. “As well as overlooked gems from the back catalogue, I’ll take a look at the influence each artist has had on other acts that followed.”
Tim Carter was born in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire where he attended St. Laurence School. With the encouragement of his drama teacher, Tim soon began devising original plays with a group of school friends and many of these early creations met with success in local drama festivals.
In 1983 he took up a degree course in English and History at King Alfred’s College in Winchester. Here Tim seized the opportunity to involve himself in community radio for the first time.
Each week he presented a programme dedicated to the best in popular music of a left-field persuasion. The show reached a community that consisted only of the crowd who gathered on Thursday nights in the student union bar, located in the room next door. Over time, however, the show attracted a loyal band of regular listeners more keen on likes of The Smiths and the Teardrop Explodes than Wham! or Duran Duran.
On completing his degree course Tim started to act regularly in productions staged by Bath’s Rondo Theatre Company. It was about this time that he also became a member of Moles Club in Bath, giving him the opportunity to see live music on a regular basis and pen reviews for local music ‘fanzines’.
After training as a teacher of English and Drama at Nottingham University Tim embarked on a career in education, from which he continues to derive immense satisfaction.
Over the years his passion for both music and the theatre has endured. Tim was most recently seen acting on stage at the Rondo Theatre in Bath Drama’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions.