I stumbled into radio over Christmas 1982, when I was working in Mexico as a starving young freelancer. I had no experience whatsoever but somehow, probably because everyone else was on holiday and those airwaves needed to be filled, the BBC World Service started using me. I continued filing news reports – loads of them -- for the BBC from Mexico and Central America over the next four years. I also added ABC radio (US) and CBC (Canada) to my list. BBC producers would occasionally come over and we would make 45-minute documentaries about things like the huge Mexico City earthquake of 1985, which destroyed the flat I lived in but, thankfully, not me. In 1986 I stopped doing radio to concentrate on my newspaper writing, though I have done countless radio interviews since.

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