Each month we talk to a new character in town about what it’s like living and working in the city. This month it’s Russ Morris from Free Radio.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m Russ Morris, mid-morning presenter on Free Radio, 96.4fm in Birmingham.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
The studios are in Brindleyplace in the centre of town, I live in Sutton Coldfield so I usually drive. However the train link between Brum & Sutton is fantastic so I occasionally take the train.
HOW’S THE COMMUTE?
My show starts at 9am so I get in for 7.30, which means I beat most of the rush-hour traffic. I actually don’t find it too stressful, but if I left an hour later it might be a different story!
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
Amazing. I’ve worked in other cities across the UK and Birmingham has everything. Maybe this is why I’ve been here for nearly nine years. The vibrancy, the architecture, the dining, the fact there’s always something going on, is fantastic. And once New Street station development is completed that will be the icing on the cake.
Eat Brindleyplace. It’s close to the studios, the coffee is delicious and the staff are very friendly especially Angie and Manuel – always guaranteed a smile with a drink!
Either Wagamamma or Bodega. I love the uniqueness of Bodega – dishes you won’t see anywhere else in town. And the sweet potato fries are to die for! Wagamamma is close to the studios and the food is always fresh and fast, perfect for lunch. Both places do massive portions, so you won’t need an evening meal.
Sutton Park. It’s a great place to get lost in. It’s hard to believe you’re only seven miles from the city centre. In town, I love the stretch of canal from Mailbox to the University. Great for a walk or jog (not because it’s flat!) and if you keep going you can smell the chocolate in the air once you get to Bourneville.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
There’s so many! The classic architecture of Victoria Square around the Council House and Town Hall makes you feel you’re in a special city. In the summer it’s hard to beat the Mailbox. I also love the area around Colmore Row.
I do like a good ale, and a gem of a pub is the Wellington on Waterloo Street. So much choice of beer! I also like the Shakespeare on Summer Row – it’s a good old-fashioned pub. But when meeting a friend there make sure you specify which Shakespeare you’re in – a couple of months ago my mate was waiting half-an-hour for me to arrive… he was at the Shakespeare off New Street.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
Birmingham has evolved so much in the nine years I’ve been here; I don’t think it’s ever been better. Once New Street station is completed it will transform the city centre. The only other thing is patching the whole city together more so the various wonderful quarters we have feel closer together.