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April 2013

Macmillan Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital is OPEN!

28th April 2013

In January 2012 I began a campaign on my show to help the Macmillan Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn buy some much needed Chemotherapy chairs for patients to receive their treatment.  Each chair cost £750 and it was my aim to get enough money to buy two with donations made by listeners over the weeks and months that were to come, however to my astonishment we had over £1500 after just one show and to date have received nearly £3000!  As with everything the process is slow and the centre itself has had a complete refit and extension,  which I was invited to dig the very first hole of the build.

On Saturday, nearly 16 months since your generosity raised all that cash the centre got its official opening with the CEO of Macmillan and The Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in attendance to the mark the occasion.   
To see just how important the donations where and what difference the £840,000 extension will make to patients watch the video below. 
 Once again I can't thank you enough for your VERY generous donations.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 3:08pm


UK's Favourite Radio Presenter of the Year

27th April 2013

As you may know KL.FM has been nominated for UK Sony Radio Station of the Year, it's the same award we won last year in London.  I'm pleased to say that also this year I'm in the running for UK's Favorite Radio Presenter! This is a public vote and for my show to win I need you to vote, I'm going to be honest, as I'm up against all the 'big guns' in London and the nationals too, so if you think I deserve a vote or would rather Chris Evans doesn't win again (even though I'd vote for him) please search for Simon Rowe on the website below.

Its one vote per email and you'll be entered into a draw to win a pair of Sony MDR-1 headphones which have been crafted by music-lovers and tuned by musicians for exceptional bass response, pristine sound quality and comfortable wear.






Thanks so much if you voted!

Posted by Simon Rowe at 8:40am


"Alright Chick?"

25th April 2013

The boys and girls at Gaywood Community Primary School are the stars of “Kidz Klues” this month but have also had something very exciting going on at school.  On Wednesday the children in Year 2 were given some eggs which were starting to hatch and this morning two of them did!  My kids watched it happen on the schools live video feed and you can see the baby chick saying “Hello” to the world too on the video below!  Aaaaahhhh!


To watch the LIVE stream click here


Posted by Simon Rowe at 2:53pm


London Marathon Songs

21st April 2013

Today on my show we created another 'Virtual Album'. We were looking for songs that could be connected to running.

Here are some of the suggestions but can you think of any more?

1. The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
2. Keep on Running - Spencer Davis Group (Jenny in Syderstone)
3. Running up that Hull - Kate Bush (Katie in King's Lynn)
4. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
5. Chasing Pavements - Adele   (Wisbech Even More fun on Twitter)
6. The Heat is on - Glen Frey - Janice in Dereham
7. Run to you - Bryan Adams - wishbeach even more fin on twiter
8. Shattered - Rolling Stones (Steve Skipper in KL)
9. Hole in my Shoe - Neil from Young Ones (Eddie2Sox in KL)
10. Gotta beat the Clock - Sparks international - (Nic)
11. Run - Snow Patroll - (Debs in Outwell)
12. Level 42 - Running in the Family
13 Run, Run, Run  -Jo Gunne  (Carrol at Saddlebow)
14. Runaway - Del Shanon
15. Everybody  Wants to Run the World - Tears for Fears (Steve
16. 500 Miles - Proclaimers (Ross & Racheal in Magdalen)
17. Walk of Life - Dire Straits (Sam at Time to Celebrate)
18. Run around Sue (Frankie in KL)
19. These Boots are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra  (Sharon Morton)


Posted by Simon Rowe at 8:21pm


When You Were My Man - Eleanor Howard

17th April 2013

This is Eleanor from King's Lynn who came to visit me at KL.FM recenty.  I think she has a great voice, have a listen and see what you think.



Eleanor has the chance to support Gabrielle Aplin at the UEA in Norwich! Please click the link below then select UEA NORWICH and vote for her. Thanks




Posted by Simon Rowe at 6:20pm


Baby Shark

12th April 2013

During my week off with the kids we visited the Hunstanton Sea Life Centre to see their new arrivals, baby sharks!

If you have been listening to my show you'll know the Brown Bamboo Shark has been creating quite a stir by laying some eggs. These eggs are kept safe in what's known as a "Mermaid's Purse".

To add to the excitement the shark has laid more than one egg, one had hatched three days prior to our visit and was about six inches long, as for the others it still unsure if they are fertalised, that is apart from the one in my video below. What you are about to watch is an unborn shark, resembling a tadpole, growing inside the pouch wiggling away almost as if it was trying to escape from the embryo.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 8:28pm


Anjeli Diack - KLFM 96.7

7th April 2013

You are about to watch Anjeli from Whitefriars School in King's Lynn who is blessed with an amazing voice, she's 11 years old and has captivated an audience of over FIVE MILLION on You Tube with here songs. 

Born in Indonesia, just a few months old survived the Tsunami, while living in Medan, North Sumatra, which was the last major city standing south of Aceh, where 250,000 people were wiped out. During her first year she was seriously ill and hospitalised at Southampton, being diagnosed with a total milk allergy - Lactosis, so has to constantly monitor her diet. Later on holiday in Bali we ate in a fish restaurant that was then bombed days later, killing people, & the day after flying from Medan to Bali the same flight crashed into the city on take off, killing everyone on board. Anjeli has flown during SAAHS, Bird Flu and  left Indonesia several times just as Volcanoes erupted, also fled Medan restaurants as follow up tremors violently shook whole shopping centres, over the next three years. 

Today she came in to my show to perfrom Rihanna's - Stay.




Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:00am



6th April 2013

I went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday to deliver Easter Eggs and also did some filming for Ash who reads the travel on "Hometime with Si" as he is auditioning for Blue Peter. We also filmed a bit of me... It could've been quite painful!  Watch the whole thing and then laugh at me.


Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:23pm


A brave young man

1st April 2013

The young boy you are about to watch is Deryn who is 13 from Watton. He has Langerhans Cell Sarcoma AND Leukaemia, he is the ONLY person in the world to have these two cancers at the same time.

He is in a Bristol Hospital at the moment where one month ago today he had a bone marrow transplant, which they 'hope' will work. This is his last and only option!

Despite his situation Deryn is always smiling and this video of his transplant shows his determination and just how amazing he really is.

I've invited Deryn to KL.FM as soon as he is fit enough to perform this song at our studios without the tubes and wires live on the radio.


His story has attracted worldwide media attention already click here for more.


Get well soon fella!

To follow Deryn's progress please visit and follow him on Twitter via @_DoEveRYthiNg 


Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:11pm



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