Each month we talk to a new character in town to discuss living and working in Birmingham. This month it’s Pete Morgan from BBC WM 95.6
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I am the Breakfast Show presenter on BBC WM 95.6, on-air Monday to Friday 6-9am – it’s not fair to inflict myself on people seven days a week!
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
I work at the Mailbox and live in Sutton Coldfield, so it’s a drive in every morning at 4am via the Aston Expressway which I get to see it when it’s empty. It takes about 10 minutes to get in.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
I love it. Obviously, I broadcast right across Birmingham and the Black Country but to be in the middle of it all makes it a very exciting city to work – and to talk to!
There are so many places in the Mailbox if you need a quick coffee or bite to eat. It all depends on who you’re with. If it’s the daily show team, we tend to just nip to Starbucks, but we’ll sometimes treat ourselves to a coffee at the top of The Cube! By 9am I really need some caffeine.
I’m more than happy with a simple sandwich, but Cote Brasserie is great for brunch and Marco Pierre White’s at the top of the Cube is the place for lunch.. plus the view is like nothing else.
Along the canal, heading by Brindleyplace. It’s so busy, yet so peaceful. At the weekend though nothing, but nothing, beats strolling around Sutton Park. It’s like four or five different parks all rolled into one.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
That’s a difficult one, there are so many. I love the Great Western Arcade for a good bit of shopping (that’s my guilty secret, I LOVE shopping), and Centenary Square mainly because of the Library of Birmingham. I know that it’s somewhere that has divided opinion but I love it. I could sit in front of it for ages plus, it’s an incredible building to spend some time in. Head to the Community Garden on the third level – so chilled!
If I’m going out for a drink, I will tend to go to Ginger’s Bar at Purnell’s Bistro. I’m fascinated by cocktails and like to think of myself as a bit of a decent maker of cocktails. I like to watch the guys mixing and creating drinks. Obviously, I then have to taste them!
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
Well, that’s what I love about Birmingham – it’s constantly changing. I moved here for the first time about 15 years ago and it was a very different city. Then, Five Ways was created; then the Bullring was rebuilt, now the Mailbox is in the middle of some incredible renovations. As long as there’s always a cinema that I can get to, great restaurants and, of course, the wonderful people of Birmingham, I’ll be more than happy.