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The eagle has landed – with the ring!

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Tuesday, April 22 2014
I am dedicating this week's column to Eagle Heights who are heroes to a bride and groom. Let me tell you the story.

My best friends, the now Mr Adam and Mrs Corinne Coles, had the happiest day of their lives by getting married at the beautiful Cooling Castle. Before I start to tell you how incredible Eagle Heights is, can I extend that to the team at Cooling Castle?

Adam the groom were expecting an owl ring bearer to fly in with the rings on Saturday.

At 8am on the big day he received a call from the company due to drive to Kent to say that they had to cancel. “No, not today!” echoed hundreds of times from Adam’s mouth and also my own as his best man I felt we could not let this beat us.

Adam, his nephew and I searching online via our smartphones for owl ring bearers and making calls like call centre workers on commission.

“Unfortunately, we can’t help” was the reply from all.

Then I received a text from a friend to say good luck and it clicked. She is a part-time wedding planner: she might know someone. Caroline thought I was winding her up, asking “do you know anyone who has an owl?”.

Caroline managed to get hold of Eagle Heights. This is the big “yes” moment - they said they could help.

Eagle Heights saying “yes” gets better too. They said they could provide an eagle and an owl. An eagle. Wow. It would be the eagle that would fly in as the ring bearer. Amazing. Not only were they happy to help, they would also be coming straight from filming, so it would be tight.
Not a problem, Adam was happy to put the wedding back by 15 or 20 minutes. It was the one thing that the bride Corinne wanted on her big day.

At just after 2pm, Chris and Alan arrived from Eagle Heights with a huge eagle called Kayla. She was 20 years old and a beauty to look at.

We spoke about what was to happen; the eagle was to fly in to Alan. At that very moment, Alan called me over, and asked me to wear the glove. What? We did not speak about this, but after the effort we had put in I was not now going to decline - and to be honest I was happy to be Kayla’s prey. She swooped in and landed with perfection on my arm. I took the rings and presented them to Adam and Corinne. Yes. We had done it.

What really stood out for me was how much Chris and Allen did afterwards. They were happy to stay around and have Kayla in the pictures.

I was so taken aback by how much they helped that I have looked into more about the team based in Eynsford, Dartford.

Not only do they home some amazing birds, they are heavily involved in conservational work, have a bird hospital and have their own classroom to teach the next generation how to look after our wildlife.

It seems the original company pulling out was the best thing that could have happened.

I’ll speak to you on kmfm, Monday - Friday 9-noon.

Andy

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Dream holiday could come true

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, April 11 2014

Fancy heading off into the sunshine? For seven days? Staying in your own private villa with pool? Fancy taking three friends or the family? James Villa Holidays are celebrating 30 years in the business and we are celebrating with them, too, by offering you the chance to be whisked off into the sunshine of Mallorca where you will stay in a luxurious James Villa villa.

Just imagine laying by the pool, the sun beating down on the tiled patio area to the point where it becomes hot.

You jump into the pool and take your cocktail from the side and sip it as the sun starts to set.

That evening you and your tan head into one of the nearby towns and take advantage of alfresco dining.

Just writing this I am making myself jealous.

You could be answering ‘The 30th Question’ on kmfm Breakfast with Garry Wilson next week.

If that is you, you have won this amazing James Villa holiday with flights all sorted, too.

All you have to worry about is spending money and what bikini or pair of speedos to take with you.

See how you could be winning and staying at www.kmfm.co.uk and click on James Villa Holidays ‘30th Question.’ Good luck.

While you are online there is also your chance to meet Peter Andre when he comes to Folkestone later this year, win tickets to see The X Factor musical I Can’t Sing! and, with it being half term, win your way in with the kids to see Nick Jnr’s Go! Go! Go! show. Be quick, though, as some of these competitions finish soon.

If you have been requesting your favourite songs on kmfm recently, thanks.

It’s always great to be on air and read the songs you want to hear. Sam Smith’s Money On My Mind, Pharrell Williams’ Happy and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be continue to be three of the most popular songs with you.

I’ll speak to you weekday mornings, 9am to noon.

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One of our lucky listeners has won the Loose Change

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, April 7 2014

kmfm’s Loose Change has been WON! After eleven weeks, two hundred and seventy four guesses, jammed phone lines in the kmfm studio and consistently checking the incorrect guess amounts online, Lisa Collins from Ashford correctly guessed that the Loose Change jackpot was £4,173.

If you have been listening you will have heard Lisa’s screams of delight.

I imagine she had a weekend of celebrations with even more to come as she decides what to spend more than £4,000 on.

I think a holiday is coming for Lisa and her family.

The winning continues soon thanks to James Villa Holidays who are celebrating 30 years in the business.

We are pulling the celebratory party poppers with them as we give you the chance to whisk off for a seven-day James Villa holiday in the Cyprus sun.

Just imagine the sunshine reflecting off your own private villa pool as you chill out on a lilo sipping your cocktail of choice. Perfect.

As well as that, £10,000 could be coming your way.

The Jackson’s Community Project will see one local organisation, one community group or Kent charity be awarded a £10,000 improvement thanks to Jackson’s Fencing.

If you are involved in such local activities keep it tuned to kmfm and it could be your organisation winning.

I’ll speak to you on kmfm Monday to Friday, 9am-noon.

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Just a little loose change could go a very long way

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, March 21 2014

Just pick up the phone!

“I am certain I know!” These are just two of the most heard comments from you over the last week as we continue to give you the chance to win up to £5,000 with kmfm’s “Loose Change”.

We have an amount between £500 and £5,000.

Call kmfm when you hear the presenter say, and you could win. Easy.

On Monday at 8.25am, Garry Wilson on kmfm Breakfast gave you the order of two of the Loose Change digits, now making it easier for you to win.

What would you spend the money on?

A holiday in the sunshine?

Just imagine lying on a sun lounger, the sun glistening off the pool as you swim up to the pool side bar and order an ice cold strawberry Daiquiri. Perfect.

Maybe you want to go on a big shopping spree and finally buy that outfit that you keep walking past.

If you have not seen two of the digits or even the incorrect guess amounts, simply go online to kmfm.co.uk and click on Loose Change.

We play Monday to Friday at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

At the time of going to press the Loose Change jackpot has not been won.

Good luck!

The winning does not stop there either. Next week on kmfm Breakfast with Garry Wilson, he is giving you the chance to see Robbie Williams live in Amsterdam! We will sort out of your flights and hotel too.

You just need spending money and your best “I love you Robbie!” voice.

I’ll speak to you on kmfm, Monday to Friday 9am - noon.

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There’s an awful lot of loose change to be won on kmfm

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, March 10 2014

Question, what would you do with up to £5,000?

Go on a holiday somewhere hot like Dubai? Eat out every week for like ages? Save it? Spend it on doing up the house?

It could be a reality if you play Loose Change.

For the last eight weeks, you have been calling kmfm with three or four digits that you think is the correct amount of kmfm Loose Change.

It is an amount between £500 and £5,000.

We sneakily put one of the digits you need inside last week’s What’s On section and as we are nicer than Ant and Dec on your television giving away holidays on a Saturday night, we have left the digit inside this week’s paid-for papers. Just look inside your What’s On.

Plus, as we really are nicer than Ant and Dec on your TV giving away holidays, money and prizes from the ads on a Saturday night we have given you another digit online.

It is at kmfm.co.uk right now. Click on Loose Change.

All you need to do now is work out the rest of the digits needed to win kmfm’s Loose Change.

Hint: other contestants playing the competition on kmfm may help you to decide on the remaining numbers.

We just keep on giving you the biggest prizes.

This weekend you can Win The Hits. We are giving you iTune vouchers all weekend so you can download Kent’s Biggest Hits. Plus, standby to win your way in to see Robbie Williams in Amsterdam!

You will fly out from Manston airport, stay over for two nights and see Robbie live in concert.

This is only happening with kmfm, Kent’s Biggest Hits!

I’ll speak to you during your workday, Monday to Friday, 9am-midday.

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Catch up with Carr on his UK tour

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Monday, February 10 2014
You know when someone makes your weekend by just a phone call. I discovered that Alan Carr was performing at the Woodville Halls, Gravesend, and I could not buy tickets.

Too late, all sold out. "No!" was my reaction. I love Alan Carr and the thought of him being on my doorstep and not going was disappointing.

So there I was sitting on my sofa at home on Saturday afternoon when a colleague called me to say that she had tickets to go, but could not attend, so would I like them? Would I like them? I snapped them from her before my colleague could say "do you?"

My excitement levels lifted as I thought I would be stuck at home with TV show Splash! forcing me to dip in because it is no bad. No, no. I was going to see Alan Carr. I knew I would be laughing at him and not crying at Splash!

Can I just say Alan Carr is the king of comedy. From the second he came out he had me and the whole intimate room laughing. I was three rows from the front and I was fixated on him throughout his routine.

Alan was testing new material for his forthcoming full UK comedy tour this autumn. I won't spoil it by even trying to tease some of the subjects he covers with his material but it is laugh out loud funny. That laughter ripples through the rows and back again like a mexican wave. Ten out of ten.

My journey back was filled with kmfm's Ultimate Floorfillers as my other half and I freshly reminisced about how funny Alan was, and how annoying one woman in the front row was. She heckled and commented on most questions and thoughts that Carr posed. I think some of her brave antics were spurred on by alcohol.

However, you are never going to win against a comedian and Alan's split second reply to her was, "Alright luv, this isn't a double act. I work alone." Brilliant

Go see Alan Carr when his full comedy tour hits the UK.

I'll speak to you on kmfm mid-mornings, Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm.

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Promising start to new musical year

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, January 31 2014

Usually January is a month of quiet music releases. Artists are getting back from their Christmas holidays – extended ones – and getting back into the swing of things. We are occupied with doing exactly the same with our jobs and so music tends to get exciting again with new releases around the end of February.

However what is great to hear, and it may be in part due to downloads and how instantly we can access music we want and love, is how that new music is not waiting as long now. Why wait for new gems?

Into January and we have been dished up A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera. Their single, “Say Something” is a break up song that makes you listen to it a number of times. Relate to the lyrics, turn it up and absorb or simply admire its ability to grasp your ears. It’s a wonder of a song. It has been nearly as big as cheesecake in America and we are playing it at kmfm.

A Great Big World are two friends, Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino who met at New York University. After writing songs together for a few years they had “Say Something” feature during TV show in Dancing With The Stars. Christina Aguilera heard it and had to be part of the single. The rest as they say is history. If you have not heard the song yet, keep it kmfm as you will do very soon. It will capture you.

A nice change in temp awaits your ears this month with Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. Their song, “Rather Be” seemed to come from nowhere.

Now it is one of the biggest singles in the UK. When you hear it you will remember it instantly but it may be referred to as “that song, Rather Be” as you need some reminder of the name Clean Bandit.

They are a band from these shores. Brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith have been together for a couple of years.

Their hit single “Rather Be” is an uplifting slice of a tune that can also be a relaxing song that also works if you were in a lounge bar. It sounds like nothing out at the moment. It’s so catchy and that is partly down to co-writer Jimmy Napes from Disclosure.

You will know them for massive hits like “Latch” and “White Noise”.

Credit, too, to Jess Glynne whose vocals have been likened to that of Adele’s by a kmfm listener who emailed me to ask who this song was by.

I love how the start of the New Year is throwing exciting music at us. We are only just facing the start of February and already 2014 is a very good year for music.

Wait until the summer, when the anthems are out and our car windows are down. Cheers to that!

I’ll talk to you on kmfm throughout your workday, Monday to Friday from 9am until 12pm.

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Winning can give you a warm feeling

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, January 24 2014

The chilly weather continues in Kent and Melbourne, Australia, basks in 44 degree heat.

You may have seen the picture of someone trying to fry an egg on a pavement. It worked too. Wouldn’t we love some of that heat at the moment? A few people will say ‘Oh, no – too hot.’ Some of the heat would be nice though – we need some.

Even the TV weather reporters have given up during their bulletins. “Rain – everywhere. More in an hour.”

We would not know what to do in 44 degree heat.

Some tarmacked roads would melt leaving cars stuck, ice creams would melt the moment you held them and flip flops would melt when walking along Broadstairs beach.

Even so I am welcoming some rays. Bring on the garden BBQs, bring on the family and friends weekends and turning the radio up to high volume with the car windows down.

Don’t bring on the fashion-disaster clothes clash that the summer months seems to attract for some. Awkward staring.

Loose Change continues on kmfm through your work day. Guess how much we’ve got and take home the lot.

We have a stack of loose change, between £500 and £5,000. Tell us exactly how much and it is yours. That is all you have to do.

We play from 10am Monday to Friday.

Good luck.

If that was not enough winning for you, go to kmfm.co.uk and click on the Win page.

While on the subject of online if you ever find yourself twiddling your thumbs at work having completed all work, tasks and boring spreadsheets, go to Google and type in “Bubbles”.

You’re welcome.

I’ll speak to you from 9am through your work day on kmfm.

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A chance to win some welcome cash

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, January 17 2014

Loose Change is on. Guess how much we’ve got and take home the lot. We have a certain amount of money that could be won by you. It could be enough to pay off those credit cards after Christmas, or it could be enough to have a fantastic family holiday in the sunshine.

Listen to kmfm through your work day to stand a chance of winning. Good luck.

January seems to be the month of “I cannot wait for pay day” and “I am losing weight” and “I’m saving some money.” So not a lot is really happening.

Well, so it may feel. Around the world some people are acting very strangely.

In Australia a man thought he would play ‘Hide and Seek’ with his wife and hide in their washing machine.

I should mention here that his wife was not in on the game and when she arrived home she thought her husband had gone missing.

He was of course inside the washing machine, but what had happened is that he was now stuck.

By this time his wife had dialled the emergency services. Even search and rescue were out looking for this guy, until he was found inside the washing machine jammed.

Firefighters had to use olive oil to pull him out. There is a pun headline waiting to be written here.

If that was not stupid enough, cops in Connecticut are hunting a man who drove his car repeatedly into a petrol station, grabbed a banana from the shelf, ate it and left.

I know, I know you are thinking ‘Man Splits’ as the headline.

So you see staying in and enjoying a chilled out January seems like a nice idea.

Speak to you on kmfm during your workday from 9am.

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Be cool, wear your Christmas jumper

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Sunday, December 15 2013

I really, really want a Christmas jumper. Two years ago you would have been laughed out of Primark if you uttered those words. This year everyone is wearing them, and I mean everyone.

I went out on Saturday night and I passed five guys all venturing into town wearing a festive jumper each.

There is something cool about wearing one this year, and we – yes we, I am not alone here only have a few weeks to buy one and make the most of wearing them.

Everyone from Sarah in the admin office, there’s always a Sarah, to Jim on the building site, everyone is donning them.

We only have a couple of weeks of wear out of them too. I want to wear mine until the elbows are worn, because after Boxing Day it no longer becomes cool and it says ‘I haven’t washed my other clothes.’

I have been asking on Twitter - andy1walker@kmfm.co.uk where the best place to buy them from is.

I have been told, Peacocks, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Matalan and the market. Any other suggestions, please tweet me. I really would like a ‘3D’ jumper. Perhaps Rudolph’s nose is a red woollen bobble!

Make sure you keep it kmfm throughout Christmas as we have Christmas With The Stars.

JLS, McFly, The Saturdays, Lawson and Rebecca Ferguson are all taking over kmfm every day from Christmas Eve to December 28, from 1-4pm.

For X Factor star Rebecca popped into kmfm the other week to see me on kmfm Drivetime.

We chatted about her new single, who she wants to win the X Factor – her money is on Sam Bailey – her new album Freedom and I gave her some Real Law or Fake Laws. Rebecca used to be a legal secretary. Who knew that it was illegal to lead a cow through the streets between 10am and 7pm?

Rebecca will be wrapping up kmfm’s Christmas With The Stars on Saturday, December 28, 1-4pm.

Find out when the JLS, McFly, The Saturdays and Lawson will be taking over your radio now at kmfm.co.uk

I’ll speak to you on your way home on kmfm Drivetime from 4pm.

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