We Built This City: Greater Manchester

We Built This City: Greater Manchester

Incredible conversations with the Mancunians - born, bred and adopted - who put the heart into Modern Manchester. We Built This City focuses on how these extraordinary Mancunians have built something that impacts lives and the purposeful relationships that have helped steer them, the values that have driven them to do it, and the legacies they plan to leave behind. Celebrate human grit, determination, loyalty, and diversity across culture, arts, politics, sport, music and business. Lisa Morton interviews Mancunian icons like Andy Burnham, John Thomson, Gary Neville, Sacha Lord, Stacey Copeland, Clint Boon, Sir Richard Leese, Diane Modahl MBE, Ged King, Chris Brindley MBE, Carl Austin-Behan OBE, Karina Jadhav, Joanne Roney OBE and Sir Howard Bernstein.


December 8, 2022 47 min
"No one's better than anyone else, everyone's the same" 

Anna Jameson is the broadcaster who wakes up Greater Manchester as the presenter of BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast show.  She’s also a reporter on North West Tonight and you can hear her on BBC Radio Five Live too.  

Lisa and Anna discuss how Anna’s late Nan still inspires her, when she’s holding powerful people to account.  Lisa also discovers what it’s l...
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“Get young people interested and believing they have a voice” 
This episode of We Built this City is all about the future of Greater Manchester.  Lisa Morton sat down with Councillor Garry Bridges and Manchester’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), to talk about what young people need for their future. Over the past 12 months, Manchester has responded with a game-changing programme – “Our Year” - a legacy initiative to address th...
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November 15, 2022 2 min
Lisa Morton has a new podcast. It's called Lobster Brain and it features interviews with highly successful people to find out how they got to the top. Click here to follow the podcast now.
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“The only way we got our rights is by showing solidarity”

Divina De Campo is a force to be reckoned with, both on stage and off.  They’ve got the ability to sing in 5 different languages and up and down 4.5 octaves - whilst wearing some incredible outfits and heels. 

Divina has the best laugh in showbiz and there are some real laughs in this conversation too.  Underpinning it all though, are some strong values and belief systems ...
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“For me it’s about giving opportunities to others.”

Maria Turner is the Client Services Director at Roland Dransfield. She’s recently celebrated 10 years at Roland Dransfield, having worked her way continuously from work experience - straight out of The University of Manchester - all the way to the leadership team.  

Maria was an integral part of the team that created the “Roland Dransfield Way”, a set of values that form the cor...
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“If I’m not an artist, what am I?”

Artist Davo Howarth joined Lisa Morton in “Heaven” at Hotel Football for this week's episode.  It’s a place that’s very close to Davo’s heart as it overlooks Old Trafford football ground. 

A born and raised Manc, Davo is an artist who describes his style as “explosive.” In this conversation, you’ll hear how he navigated the school system growing up as a creatively minded kid who’d rather be ...
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Tony Michaelides has been described as a walking, talking, encyclopaedia of music. He’s been described that way for good reason, because he’s worked with everyone from David Bowie, to New Order to Take That. 

Tony worked in promotions and as a consultant in the music industry.  He’s also very well known in Manchester for his time at Piccadilly Radio, where his nickname was “Tony the Greek”.  

He describes himself as “an adopted y...
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September 14, 2022 50 min
“Hopefully, people see me and think ‘I could do that too’”

In this episode, Lisa is joined by Manchester-born and raised Kyle Walker. Kyle is a presenter and reporter for Sky Sports, former host of BBC Radio Manchester’s “The Dead Good Show” and contributor on Football Focus and Match of the Day.

Kyle is proud of his roots and is passionate about showing young people from Manchester that they don't need to fear stepping out ...
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August 24, 2022 25 min
“Continuing a Pride that Manchester can be proud of”
This week the city is celebrating Manchester Pride 2022. Across the weekend there will be the annual parade, vigil, parties and a new Human Rights rally in celebration of Manchester’s LQBTQ+ community.
This episode shines a light on Manchester Pride: the festival weekend, the people who bring it all together and the community that surrounds it. Host Lisa Morton will be find...
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“Manchester is a place where young people come, to find their feet and then fly.”
Manchester has hosted graduation ceremonies for thousands of students recently, who have reached the end of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. It’s a good time to celebrate everything Manchester has to offer its students, from the amazing creative and tech industries to the ever-growing music scene and nightlife.  
Poet, author and prev...
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Bev Craig is the leader of Manchester City Council, a job she describes on her Twitter biog as “running the best city in the world”.
She grew up on a council estate just outside Belfast, and it wasn’t the kind of place where you’d be expected to move away and go to university.   But as you’ll hear - Bev’s not the kind of person to be pigeonholed.   She got involved in politics at a young age,  through getting involved in women’s ...
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Emma Goswell is a broadcaster, podcaster and author who champions the stories of LGBTQ plus people.  
Her podcast and book, “Coming Out Stories', shines a light on the experiences of 100’s of people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world.  
Emma co-hosted the groundbreaking Gaydio breakfast show in Manchester when the station first went national.   She won a Sony award for her work for the prison radio associa...
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William Lees-Jones took over the family’s brewing company, JW Lees, in 2004 and now owns pubs across the North-West of England and Wales. His forward thinking and proactive approach has earned him a reputation for invoking radical changes within his industry whilst sticking to traditional values and championing the culture that surrounds the local.
He recalls the struggle of ensuring the safety of his employees over the course of...
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"If you can see the poverty in Greater Manchester or anywhere and not act, I'm worried.” - Vikas Shah MBE

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday 3rd June, we are taking a look back at those, of our guests, who have been recognised for their acts of service to others, to their communities and to causes they hold close to their hearts. 

Join us for a special episode in which we will hear the inspirational s...
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“I’m going to publicly forgive the terrorist who killed Martyn, because anger breeds anger and hate breeds hate - somebody needs to break the cycle.”
Figen Murray practises kindness and teaches resilience in an effort to build a safer, united community in which people trust and respect each other. After losing her son, Martyn, in the Manchester Arena attack she gave up her career working as a therapist to study counter-terrorism ...
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“For us it’s all about the future, it’s about laying down the foundations with new composers and new communities that we can make a difference in, in the future.”
Bob Riley came from the “cow pats of East Yorkshire” to the “hustle and bustle of Manchester” after his talents on the violin secured him a place at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has now held the position of Chief Executive at the Manchester Camerata for almos...
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“It was that dark moment that powered me forward - that year I went on to achieve things I never thought were possible.”
Scott Thomas, owner of Social PR, Food4Thoughts and his own personal brand, knows the struggle of beating your demons and overcoming difficult times. The desire to reach his full potential has driven him to continually work on himself, both mentally and physically, so that he can support the people around him. ...
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“It’s about creating a new generation of Mancs who believe they can do anything”
Can a museum do exactly that? Sally MacDonald is the Director of the Science and Industry Museum, and that’s her aim. Sally learnt about the importance of looking and storytelling through objects, after attending an art class at Manchester Museum as a child. 
Her passion continued as she studied archaeology and went on to open museums in London -  ...
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“I'm living the dream - Manchester United fan, boy and man”
What’s it like to live your dream? Alan Keegan is otherwise known as “The Voice of Old Trafford”, where he’s the corporate MC and matchday compere.  
Alan’s family came to Manchester from the west of Ireland in the late 50’s. They settled in Chorlton Upon Medlock, where his mum ran a shop, which was a real hub of the community.  With players like George Best, Alan ...
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“So much of social media was a gold rush”
At 28 Dominic McGregor has already sold his first very successful business Social Chain which he co-founded with Dragon Steven Barlett, Dom has now moved into the world of investments with Fearless Adventures. He says he knows what it's like to start a company and face the business world for the first time overwhelmed, so, he is driven by helping first time entrepreneurs on their vent...
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