Matthew Rolland is in charge of the Wednesday night HRR Requests team and for several years also hosted his own show highlighting the week’s celebrity birthdays and entertainment news. This also included regular interviews with showbiz personalities, many of whom agreed to take part in extended conversations which feature in our “Take Five” series. When a change in his working hours and then the Covid-19 pandemic conspired to limit his opportunities to get into the studio, Matthew enterprisingly started his series of “Isolation Interviews” linking up from his home via the internet with celebrities in their homes to find out how they were coping with lockdown.
HRR’s answer to Michael Parkinson works by day as an assistant manager at a self-storage warehouse but his dream is to one day host his own radio show on Radio 1 alongside his favourite DJ, Chris Moyles. Matthew is a big fan of Ellie Goulding and many Aussie singers such as Kylie, Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem and lesser known singer Natalie Bassingthwaite, better known for her role in Neighbours as Izzy Hoyland. As you might tell, Matthew is a huge fan of Neighbours – but he loves a lot of British dramas too!