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Fix Radio tries to get UK filthiest site radio into Tate gallery

Posted: Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

After crowning Britain’s Filthiest Builders Radio last Friday, the team on The Bald Builders Breakfast wanted to take things one step further. So senior show producer Jack was packed off to the Tate Modern in London to see if he could get the mud-splattered Makita DAB radio into the Tate Modern.

Ultimately, his quest failed but not before he showcased the radio the passers-by outside the art gallery. Watch the video below.

The winning entry from Chris Kitchenside, a groundworker and multi-tradesmen from Borehamwood is a battered 2017v Makita site radio, with a golf ball screwed as the dial and an old car aerial stuck in the top.

More than 40 tradespeople from across the UK, including builders, painters, scaffolders and carpenters, took part in Fix Radio's competition to find Britain's dirtiest radio.

Among the runners-up included Tom Morse, 30, who uses his radio to wipe his hands clean after painting.

The Bridgend-based decorator thought he'd broken his radio after leaving it in the rain for three days - only for it to rise from the dead and start working a week later.

Ben Waldron, 29, who also works as a painter, had his Makita DAB radio fall out of his van, having to replace the aerial with a spring to get it working again.

The radio was given to him as a hand-me-down from his boss eight years ago, and he still uses the beat-up device to this day.

Another entry came from carpenter Josh Branscombe, 32, who swapped a sandwich and drink for the Dewalt radio.

One day he couldn't be bothered to carry it down from a roof, so instead threw it off.

Miraculously, only the screen broke but the radio itself still works - thanks to the help of a cable which doubles-up as an aerial.

Jack Edwards, senior producer, The Bald Builders Breakfast, on Fix Radio said; “British builders are the backbone of society and help make our lives much easier. Whether it’s re-laying the garden, building an extension or putting up some shelves, they’re always there for us.”

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