About Steve Ashley

I am originally from the London area, but for much of my life I lived in Los Angeles; since 2004, I’ve resided in the Costa de Almeria area of Spain, along with my mezzo-soprano wife Pauline and two very gentle and dear cats, Blossom and Charlie.

My background is hugely varied: from professional ballroom dance competitor and teacher, to computer programmer, real estate sales, and graphics and photography, which is technically my full-time career, although with the current recession in Spain, it’s very part-time.

On-air one Sunday evening at KPCC-FM, Pasadena
On-air one Sunday evening in 1994 at KPCC-FM, Pasadena

I produced and hosted the weekly Gee Dad! It’s A Wurlitzer! shows on KPCC-FM Pasadena, California (now an all-news station) for three years (1992-95), taking over from Hal Sanguinetti when he left to live in Arizona.

During an on-air broadcast session at Valle Radio, Albox, Spain
During an on-air broadcast session at Valle Radio, Albox, Spain

More recently, I produced and hosted Those Dancing Years and Hot Pipes!, for almost three years (2006-09) for Valle Radio in Albox, Almeria. I also had a weekly show, Rhythm Is My Business, running on Sunshine-FM in Spain’s Costa Blanca for some 30 weeks.

My interest in vintage music of many styles originated back in my teens in the 1960s, listening to the variety shows of Jack Jackson, Sam Costa and others on the BBC Light Programme. Since then, my tastes have widened even further and my music choices reflect a huge cross-section of musical styles.

One of my passions is, and has been for over 40 years, the theatre pipe organ, otherwise known as the cinema organ. I have held various voluntary positions in organ preservation societies, both in London and Los Angeles. Although I don’t play a note, I like to think that I have a good ear for quality and interesting music and understand some of the concepts of phrasing and rhythmic interpretation – both very useful presenting a show such as Hot Pipes. I now have well over 35,000 tracks of theatre organ in my ever-increasing library from which to programme my shows, thanks to very generous contributions of recordings from artists and enthusiasts around the world.