Steve was recently the subject of a Presenter Profile in the Irvine Times…
Q: When did you first get involved with radio?
A: I joined the university radio station as a student in 1978 and presented shows using twin record decks, vinyl records and a reel to reel tape machine. There were no CDs or mp3s in those days!
Q: How did you get involved with Irvine Beat FM?
A: I took an interest in Irvine Beat FM through my partner and after doing some production work, I wanted to get back into presenting! I’m fairly new to the station on-air and I’ve taken on the Monday Late Show every Monday between 10pm and Midnight.
Q: What’s the best part about being a volunteer at Irvine Beat FM?
A: The best part about being involved with Irvine Beat FM is that I get to enjoy a hobby and at the same time provide something to the community. Despite running on a low budget and relying on donations, advertising and funding, it provides the community with a valuable service promoting health and wellbeing and information about what’s on locally
Q: What’s your favourite type of music?
A: I have a wide taste in music, from Rock to Country to Opera and Jazz. I grew up with listening to 70’s and 80’s music and that’s what I know best. I am also a big fan of live music going right back to the late 70’s and like to go to concerts when I can, preferably the smaller venues in Glasgow where I can sing and dance to the music rather than sitting. I am like a teenager wanting to get to the front and screaming at the live acts.
Q: Moving on from radio, what do you do for a living?
A: I work as a Project Engineer in the Aerodynamics department at BAE Systems in Prestwick, where I have worked for the last 24 years. This work involves generating aircraft performance, flight testing and aircraft certification.
Q: What’s been your biggest achievement in life so far?
A: For my 50th birthday, I successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised £4500 for the Ayrshire Hospice and it was my first real experience in volunteering. It was a very rewarding experience and changed my view of life and my appreciation of being able to help others at the same time.
Don’t forget to listen to the Monday Late Show with Steve between 10pm and midnight!