People Who Make Monaco: Rob Harrison

Much-loved star of Riviera Radio, Rob Harrison takes The 60 Second hotseat this week. Having grown up in London and Cambridge, Rob got into radio in 1987 at the south of France’s pirate radio station, Sunshine Radio. He then served two years in the North Sea aboard Radio Caroline before returning to France in 1991 when he joined Riviera Radio. Now the station’s longest serving member, Rob has presented the Full English Breakfast Show since 1995 and edits the station’s news, business and sports content. Check out Rob’s off-beat sense of humour and observations on life, every weekday morning at 106.5 FM.

Q: What three traits define you?

Reliability, discipline, grumpy.

Q: Who are your heroes?

David Bowie, Sir Richard Branson and Michelle Obama.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Meeting Robert Plant.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge of your career so far?

Wow! Quite a few. I guess getting up at 3am every morning is a bit of a challenge but I think that having to deal with the shocking terrorist attacks we’ve experienced since 9/11 would have to be up there. It’s hard trying to convey the atrocious things that happen to an audience while maintaining the right balance of information and respect.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat or drink in Monaco?

Nobu at the Fairmont, the Beef Bar and McDonalds in Fontvielle!

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

A lot of people say that I should have gone into politics and I did study government and politics at college so maybe I would be sitting on the benches in the House of Commons. (You can decide for which party).

Q: How do you define success?

Having a job you love doing. Being able to afford somewhere nice and having a family to be proud of.

Q: What is your favourite book?

Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. A History of the World in 10 and a half Chapters by Julian Barnes or anything from Ian Rankin.

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

No! You’d be too surprised !

Q: What do you love about Monaco?

The peace and quiet – apart from the Grand Prix!

Q: If you could have one wish, what would it be?

That people would empathise more.

Q: Why should our readers listen to Riviera Radio?

I think we give a balanced, local view about what’s going on in the region and it’s not too serious all the time. The world has enough problems without us adding to them.