A little bit about me...
"Steve is an excellent presenter who knows how to entertain. He has a great voice and great ideas which are well crafted. He is a rarity in the radio industry and it won't be long until his talent is snapped up by a big platform!" Sone Palda - Westside FM Station Manager.
I was born and raised in the idyllic scenery of Govan in Glasgow, Scotland, whose famous exports include Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Daglish and Rab C Nesbitt. I’m very proud to be Scottish but as you can hear from my demos I have completely lost the accent.
I moved to the south coast of England when I was 6 with my mum and step dad. I’ll fast forward a decade or so to skip to the important bits. After many unfulfilled career ideas that included pilot, chef and teacher, and a failed stint at university in Bristol where I studied English Language & Linguistics (I mean really, what is the point of learning about how phonemes & morphemes are used differently in Hungarian compared to English), I decided that what I really wanted to do was to entertain people, and as I’m not funny enough to be a comedian or talented enough as an actor then presenting was the route to take.
I wanted to give education another shot as I hadn’t a clue about how to present or produce for TV and radio. I attended the University of West London, in truth because no one else would take me, but it turned out to be the best decision I’d ever made. I didn’t really involve myself with the university’s radio station ‘Blast’ in my first 18 months but after a childhood friend decided to attend the same university we attempted to combine our love for football and ranting to create ‘Kick-Off: with Steve & Nick’, it proved to be one of the most successful shows on the station that year and was really where I cut my teeth on air. In my 3 years at West London I learned some basics of presenting and producing as well as writing for media, which is something I would like to do more of. But my main achievement was developing as a person and meeting great lifelong friends and contacts…not really…it was ditching the student radio to join Westside FM, whom I met at a university open event where they were looking for work experience students. I’m kidding of course; I went on to present drivetime during Blast’s FM licence period in my 2nd year and then co-managed the station in my 3rd.
I did join Westside in April 2013 as a researcher, but before long I was thrown on to cover a drivetime slot, they must have liked what they heard as I was soon covering various shows before nailing down a permanent slot. I now present ‘Get Up’, the breakfast show, and loving it. I feel I’ve achieved and progressed a lot in my short spell on radio so far, particularly being nominated in the top 5 for ‘Voice of the Awards’ at the Student Radio Association Conference in 2013, and as Yazz once said, the only way is up!