A daily fixture at MediaCityUK – where his 6 Music show with Mark Radcliffe is recorded – Wigan-born Maconie is an increasingly ubiquitous presence as a broadcaster, author and cultural commentator.

Aside from other 6 Music shows (Freak Zone and Freakier Zone), the 52-year-old recently completed a sweeping 50-programme social history of pop music for Radio 2 (The People’s Songs), backed up by both a book and a one-man show.

His series of travel books has seen him compared to both Bill Bryson and Alan Bennett and he’s a regular documentary presenter across BBC outlets on subjects spanning Ralph Vaughan Williams to Britpop. He’s also a regular contributor to Cumbria Life.