By One Giant Leap
Monday 16 Feb 2015 16:46:00
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An 82-YEAR-OLD community radio presenter has been appointed to a surprise position – as the new Deputy Marshal of Dodge City.

It is the second honour of 2015 for Sam Harris, a presenter for CVFM Radio in Middlesbrough, who was also given an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Sam is the host of the Big Band, Crooners & Jazz show every Thursday and CVFM Country every Saturday and it was during his country show that he came to interview Marshal Allen Bailey from Dodge City, Kansas.

Sam regularly interviews country music artists and other personalities in America and other parts of Europe and has a big following for this across the pond, where the programme is rebroadcast on an American radio station.

Whilst congratulating Sam for his MBE, awarded for services to sea angling, Marshal Bailey surprised him by also appointed him as the Deputy Marshal of Dodge City, during the live Skype interview.

And so with his right hand raised in the studio of the Victoria Road station in central Middlesbrough, Sam took the oath and was appointment to his new ceremonial position.

He said: “When I received the news that I was on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list and was to be awarded an MBE, I was totally humbled and a little surprised to be honest, however being appointed the Deputy Marshal live on CVFM radio was a total shock.

“I have had people from all over the world, literally getting in touch to congratulate me, with some puns and jokes about being the Deputy Marshal.

“I am ever so grateful to have this wonderful opportunity, playing and sharing music which I love and talking to interesting people from around the world right from the heart from Middlesbrough, thanks to the wonder of modern technology.”

A fascinating character, Sam, of Old Shotton Village, has many years’ experience in the sea angling world where he has headed committees and organised many competitions within the sport.

He was also with BBC Radio Newcastle for over forty years where he presented their fishing programme. Sam still writes a weekly sea angling column in the Newcastle Chronicle and is also published in a national angling magazine on a regular basis.

During his many years following his passion for fishing he has organised competitions and social events, which have raised thousands of pounds for charities such as the R.N.L.I., National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and many others.

Sam is now part of the Silver Jockeys team, a lottery funded project which supports senior citizen to play an active part in the community through media and broadcasting which is hosted the community radio station.

Idrees Rashid, Director of CVFM Radio, said: “Sam is a dedicated member of the team and his contribution to the Silver Jockeys project and radio programming is invaluable. He very much deserves this MBE for the fantastic work his does for so many causes.

“I’m not sure what his role as the Deputy Marshal of Dodge City will entail but I can envisage him playing the part well.”

You can hear Sam Harris live on CVFM Country every Saturday 12pm-2pm on 104.5FM in Middlesbrough and surrounding area, Online via and also via TuneIn mobile App.


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