In coming weeks we’ll get to know some of the presenters from our local community radio station, Mearns FM. The station prides itself on keeping listeners abreast of local news and offers a wealth of different musical genres too. Perhaps we can find a good fit for your musical tastes.
We begin by finding out about Rock Your Blues Away, the Tuesday afternoon slot 4-6pm, presented by Paul Hayworth (above). If you’re wondering what type of music he plays, the clue’s very much in the title, with listeners benefiting too from Paul’s diligent explanations of each tracks’ origins. If you’re looking to prepare for the music round of your next zoom quiz, this is the place to come.
What was your favourite gig Paul?
Pink Floyd at Knebworth sometime in the late 70s/early 80s. I went with a girlfriend, she must have been impressed because she became my wife. John Peel compered the event and as the band arrived on stage, spitfires started thundering across the sky, it was quite an entrance. This was one of the first concerts using quadrophonic sound, huge banks of speakers booming the music out like you couldn’t believe. My (now) wife went to the portaloos and the sound system was so heavy the toilet doors rattled hard enough to fall open, revealing red faced occupants as they perched on the throne.
Is there a type of music you can’t bring yourself to play?
I can handle jazz in the main but modern jazz type gets up my nose. Rap music I’m not really into, but otherwise I’ve pretty eclectic tastes.
How long have you been at Mearns FM?
Around two years. I was made redundant as an engineer overhauling gas turbine engines, and, after a spell looking for work, decided to retire instead. Presenting a radio show is something I enjoy doing in my spare time.
Have you had any other broadcasting experience?
My mum worked at BBC television centre in London and later for the radio station in Aberdeen, she was involved in production for the Robbie Shepherd show ‘Meet you Monday’. I used to sit in on the show sometimes and also the production of Beechgrove Garden. This has been my first time presenting a radio show though and I love it.
Tell us about your family?
I’m married with two daughters and four grandchildren, we have another grandchild on the way.
Are you from the area?
I live in Fettercairn these days and resided in Banchory before that. I was born in Halifax (Canada not Yorkshire) and spent my formative years in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. I joined the RAF and that’s where my love of music began, I played trombone in the RAF apprentice brass band. I play guitar too.
What do you enjoy about presenting on Mearns FM?
I spend a lot of time researching the music for my shows, discovering the history behind the artists and the songs, I enjoy all of that preparation. You build up a body of regular listeners who you feel an affinity to and I enjoy the fellowship of our ‘micro community’. With MFM available online I have listeners all over the place and that gives me a buzz, folk tune in from France, Germany, Australia and Canada. And yes, Stonehaven.
You can listen to Paul’s rock & blues show on Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Next week we’ll find out more about Jo H. N, Monday evening’s presenter 7-9pm.