Howard Bentham currently is currently the breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Oxford.
Born in Bedford in 1965 and educated in the town, he left home to study Geography and Sociology at Birmingham University in 1984. After graduating, he found himself working as a hockey coach in Birmingham.
The experience fired up an interest in teaching, and he qualified from the same university with a post-graduate certificate in primary education. This was followed by three very happy years at a junior school in Harborne in the city, enjoying a fantastic time with some very bright kids, and actually doing some teaching as well.
An opportunity to try his hand in the business world was too good to miss, so the journey now went from the school yard to the hard-nosed environment of sales. It was a very steep learning curve, but people seemed to like his pitch, and he had four and a half very good years before the company was sold, and it was time to change tack again.
He opted to go back into teaching and gained a post at a prep school in Stratford-upon-Avon. During this time he also developed his interest in radio, presenting shows on hospital radio in Dudley in the West Midlands.
However, his first real chance came on the Wolverhampton station, WABC Classic Gold, hosting the graveyard stint from midnight through until 6am at the weekends.
His sporting interests led to some exciting work on Five Live and Five Live Sports Extra for the BBC, hosting many programmes, covering Champions League and Premiership Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union's major domestic finals, as well as Peoples' Saturday at Wimbledon and Test Match cricket.
He was stadium announcer for the Commonwealth Games hockey tournament held in Manchester in 2002, and is part of BBC Hereford & Worcester's ball-by-ball cricket commentary team.
Howard has hosted events for sporting organisations such as the Badminton World Federation - where he compered the Olympic draw, England Hockey, Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Warriors. He has also fronted ceremonies for the NHS, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Chamber of Commerce and was the host for Jamie Cullum in Concert.