Disabled man’s return to entertainment
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2015
A WESTON man, who was forced to stop working due to a number of ‘frustrating’ health problems, has been able to return to his much-loved entertainment career after being unable to work for five years.
Steve Mellor, aged 27, worked as an entertainer across the country before problems with his brain, spine and lower back left him disabled.
He was forced to give up his job in 2010 – but has now set up an online radio station called Tinks Radio in an attempt to reconnect with the industry.
Steve said: “I was an entertainer for nine years before my mobility went downhill – one minute I was on the stage and the next I was disabled.
“I have three separate conditions – the first of which is fluid on the brain, which should have been diagnosed when I was a child.
“The nerves in my back are also damaged, which affects my spinal cord and causes mobility problems.
“I then have two discs in my lower back which are jagged instead of smooth, and are very painful.
“Eighty per cent of the time I can’t walk properly. I use a mobility scooter and although you get used to it, it is very frustrating.”
Steve, who lives in Lonsdale Avenue, launched Tinks Radio three weeks ago with the help of online streaming company SoundCloud.
Since its launch, the not-for-profit station has already had about 180 people tune in every day.
The on-demand site gives users the ability to play, pause, rewind and skip songs – and unlike traditional radio, it has no talking, adverts or jingles.
Steve, who also runs an advertising website, said: “Since I had to give up entertaining I have wanted to get back into the business. This is a whole new opportunity for me and it makes me feel great.
“The station has more than 300 songs available at the moment and I aim to increase that to around 500. It includes all genres from the 1970s up until now.
“As there is no talking, adverts or jingles, it would be ideal to play in a shop or a business – somewhere like a restaurant or even the Sovereign Shopping Centre would be ideal.
“Looking forward, although Tinks Radio is available across the country, I’d love to have the opportunity to promote local bands and songs.
“Everything on the site is totally free – I just do it because I love it.”
To listen to Tinks Radio, visit www.soundcloud.com/tinks-radio/sets/tinks-radio-playlist