PUMPED UP: Exeter FM presenter Nino Firetto sporting a pair of swimming trunks over his muscleman suit
IS IT A BIRD? Nino performs his Superman act
THERE are few things that Exeter radio DJ Nino Firetto won’t do to help a worthy cause — and that includes getting very hot under the collar.
Nino, the star of Exeter FM’s Breakfast Show, was left hot under just about everything when he donned Speedo-style swimwear to present his show.
He slipped into very little to answer a challenge put forward by Echo editor Marc Astley.
The two friends are forever vying with each other to raise money for charity, and the most recent head-to-head came when they met up at Exeter Guildhall to mark the one millionth pound raised for the city charity Dream-A-Way.
Marc suggested Nino would be too shy to don the Christian Ronaldo-style swimwear while presenting his show — and if he was he should hand over £100 to Dream-A-Way.
Nino said: “I don’t think Marc realised I was as stupid as I am, so I took him up on the idea and found out there are quite a lot of people who would pay for me to put on Speedos.
“I have a body for radio — particularly my legs — so I helped myself by getting one of those bulging body suits.
“I tried the Speedos on, watching that the studio camera didn’t catch me, although at no time was I naked. I then put them on over the body suit. I looked pretty good.
“The suit was incredibly hot in the studio. I was baking in it. I had it on from the start of the show to the end.
“I think listeners might have noticed so I told them all about it.”
Through the challenge, Nino raised £250 with notable contributions coming from Paul Banks, who runs the Fresha cafe on Sowton, and Dream-A-Way stalwart Gill Freeman.
Dream-A-Way founder and chairman Jeff Merrett told the Echo: “We are very grateful to Nino and Marc. The two are always bantering together and the winner is always Dream-A-Way.
“Nino has been a great supporter. He took part in our weight-loss challenge. Marc is a vice president of Dream-A-Way and we are really grateful for all his support.”
The next big fundraiser for Dream-A-Way, which provides holidays and outings for disabled people, is a Mardi Gras ball on Saturday, June 19, at Sandy Park. It will start at 7pm with music from the Exeter University Jazz Band and street entertainment. Guests will be treated to a Mardi Gras-themed three-course meal, an auction of ‘money can’t buy’ items, the Mitie Casino and music from Limited Company.