The name’s the same as radio men finally meet in Sheffield

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Andy Kershaw – meet Andy Kershaw!

Two broadcasters with the same name but with wildly different backgrounds are set to meet for the first time in Sheffield next weekend.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Kershaw. Picture: Liz Mockler S1054LM

BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Kershaw. Picture: Liz Mockler S1054LM

Broadcaster, pioneering DJ, author and journalist Andy Kershaw meets his South Yorkshire namesake ahead of his appearance at the city’s Off the Shelf Literature Festival on Sunday.

The more famous Andy Kershaw said: “I’ve been looking to do the one man show in Sheffield for a long time and I’m very excited to be appearing at Off the Shelf.”

His namesake from BBC Radio Sheffield said: “I’ve always been a big fan of Andy’s from his days at Radio 1 and The Old Grey Whistle Test and latterly for his gripping and in depth forays into the politics and music behind some of the world’s most obscure regimes.”

He added: “I’ve also had some very strange emails and phone calls over the years from people around the world thinking they’ve got the other AK.”

The former DJ said of his Sheffield namesake: “At last we are to meet.

“I’ve always empathised with Andy for making a success of himself in the media whilst bearing the cross of having to share my name!”

Andy’s book titled No Off Switch is a remarkable, rollicking journey which has taken him from sharing an office with John Peel, presenting Live Aid to being a roadie for the Rolling Stones, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen.

He is also widely respected as a foreign correspondent and serious journalist.

Sheffield’s Andy Kershaw ran the BBC’s Action Desk for eight years most notably during the 2007 floods when he set up the Good Neighbour Scheme which helped hundreds of families whose homes were devastated by unprecedented destruction.

He also ran a team of on air volunteers helping all sorts of charities and good causes across the region.

Andy also spent 17 years working for Barnsley and Rotherham councils in the welfare rights, community development and regeneration fields.

He is now a news reporter covering South Yorkshire for BBC Sheffield.

The original Andy appears at the University of Sheffield Student Union venue the Foundry on Sunday, October 27, at 7pm.

n Tickets are £10/£8 with concessions.