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Baron Armah-Kwantreng

Baron Armah-Kwantreng

Baron Armah-Kwantreng has been with Epsom Hospital Radio since October 2019.

Baron is currently one of Epsom Hospital Radio trainees and is hoping to get his show very soon.

When Baron does get his show he plans a mix of everyone's favourite songs with coverage of topical hospital and local community and cultural events.

Questions and Answers: 

What's your favourite genre of music?
My early influences included punk, funk and rock music and I am genuinely interested in all good music depending on the occasion. I was equally happy rocking out at a recent Status Quo concert at Sandown Park as I would be at a Prom concert at the Albert Hall or listening to a stirring film soundtrack. Plus I am keen to broaden my musical horizons and my playlists are likely to reflect all of that.

When you're not at Epsom Hospital Radio, what are you doing?
My day job is working at the Brain Tumour Charity in Farnborough as a senior policy advisor. I am off work until the New Year recovering from a brain tumour operation so I am trying to help more around the home until then. I like reading and walking in the countryside when I'm not being distracted by politics and the B word!

If you had £1,000,000 to spend on yourself and no-one else what would you spend it on?
I'd plot a year-long round the world trip with the family taking in the world's best vineyards and then put a writing shed in the garden and work on some of my history book ideas.

What is your ideal holiday destination?
It would be fun to take (another!) leisurely family trip this time to some of the quieter Greek Islands.

What is your favourite film?
Difficult but I'd say Silver Linings Playbook for normalising mental health issues.

What is your favourite TV programme?
As an historical record it’s hard to beat The World at War series narrated by Lawrence Olivier.

Who is your favourite comedian?
Interesting... Richard Pryor's stand up show comes to mind.

Who is your favourite sports team/star?
Muhammad Ali was the iconic sports person of my youth. I am a Spurs fan but I'm also passionate about a range of competitive individual and team sports.

What is your favourite drink?
I am really enjoying the renaissance in beer brewing. So a tasty, effervescent, locally brewed IPA would do me nicely thanks!

What is your favourite food?
I am an omnivore but some of my favourite food is good quality local food like the freshly caught fish dishes at the Snack Shack at Dungeness. Especially when washed down with a local ale!

What inspires you?
My faith and good people inspire me.

Middle name?
John

Star sign?
Taurus

Weird & wonderful talents?
Being able to narrate the scripts of my favourite films.

Most treasured belongings?
Probably my books - the old favourites and the ones I've yet to read.

Favourite smell?
The sea.

What was the Number 1 single on the day you were born?
Searchers - Don't Throw Your Love Away

What record drives you mad when you hear it?
Dexey's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen... and any other record I've heard too much and don't need to hear again thank you!

What is your favourite album?
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks... for the frisson it created at the time and because I loved the music.

Have you met anyone famous and if so, under what circumstances?
Morten Harket of A-ha at a house in Notting Hill in the mid-80s. I was teaching history to someone connected to the music industry at the time and he popped round with a friend after one of the lessons.

Who is your favourite radio presenter?
I liked John Peal for the way he would just play a whole variety of music he thought was good regardless of what was popular at the time. So I remember the freshness of hearing Motorhead and The B-52s for the first time on his show and how each time he would say with equal passion: "You've got to hear this, this is great!"

Apart from your current partner, who would be your ideal dinner date and why?
My maternal grandfather would be an ideal dinner companion. I like good conversations with all sorts of people but especially with unsung heroes. He lived a fascinating and possibly now lost life outside the mainstream and I would enjoy the chance to chat to him about that.

If you were marooned on a desert island, what would be the items you'd need most?
Apart from survival items some of those books I haven't read yet and a notepad and pen!