Andy Kershaw

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Andy Kershaw (born Rochdale, Lancashire, 1959) is a British broadcaster, known predominantly as a champion of world music.

The brother of fellow presenter Liz Kershaw, he organised the entertainment at Leeds University and began his career in broadcasting with Leeds station Radio Aire He then moved to London and worked as a roadie for various acts, including Billy Bragg.

He presented the music programme Whistle Test for BBC television in the mid-1980s which featured sessions from new and established acts, and during this period was one of the anchormen of the corporation's coverage of Live Aid.

He then joined the national pop network BBC Radio 1 to host a Sunday night show which, as his tastes broadened, eventually became a weekly outlet for world music, featuring acts and styles from all corners of the globe. He left the station after 15 years in 2000.

Kershaw now hosts a world music show on BBC Radio 3 and is a keen traveller. He has two children by his long-time partner.

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