Big radio break for Norwich DJ who lost an arm in moped crash
The career of a Norwich DJ who lost an arm in a traffic crash almost two years ago is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Matt Howes, from Thorpe Marriott, has refused to let the loss of his right arm in Crete in July 2011 prevent him from continuing to build his reputation in his dream job.
As previously reported in the Evening News, Mr Howes lost his arm after crashing a moped when he had to swerve to avoid an overtaking car on his side of the road, sending him flying into a metal barrier. The former Taverham High School pupil spent 36 hours in intensive care but a team of four surgeons were unable to save his arm.
But now the 25-year-old is preparing to host his own show on BBC Radio 1Xtra, the urban music sister station of BBC Radio One.
The former Access to Music Norwich student has been chosen as the face of Xtra Talent for May and will host his own show between 1am and 2am on Saturday mornings throughout the month.
'It's a good chance to show what I'm about, what music I represent and a bit about my story as well,' Mr Howes said.
'I feel really blessed to have the opportunity. Out of all that I've been given in life, this is up there with the best, so I'm just trying to make the most of it.'
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Tragedy struck during the third summer Mr Howes had been performing in Malia, having worked his way up to the resort's biggest club Candy, alongside the likes of Tim Westwood and Tinie Tempah. But his career is still very much on an upward curve, having just toured nine countries with London rapper Devlin, including Mauritius, Serbia and Greece.
'I've been more or less living out of a suitcase for two or three years but it's definitely good fun,' Mr Howes added.
'Obviously because of what happened with the accident in 2011 I am trying to push forward 110pc and want to be in a position to try and bring the charity I support (the Limbless Association) to the forefront for my age group and to spread my message.'
You can listen to Mr Howes' shows throughout May on BBC Radio 1Xtra using a digital radio or online at www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra
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