THE PAUL McKENZIE DEPARTMENT

Saturday : 7am - 8am

Paul’s shows are a foot tapping mix of upbeat songs and tunes, complete with a liberal sprinkling of kissy-kissy touchy-feely songs and rare occasions of deep meaningful speech which will have you wondering about the meaning of life and why some people insist on wearing their hats back to front.

Presented by: Paul McKenzie

When Paul was 9 years old, his father recorded him introducing music; from then on, greatly influenced by the likes of Jack Jackson, Kent Walton and Bill & Ben, Paul went on to record “Local Radio Programmes” which were truly local as they never went any further than the living room.

Throughout his school life, Paul performed impersonations of not only celebrities but his teachers at school. Notably, Paul was successful in avoiding “brutal” P.E. lessons and cold showers by impersonating his mother (her handwriting at least!)

When offshore radio broke out on the air, Paul was seduced by the positively groovy sounds of Radio Caroline, Radio London and his favourite pirate station, Radio 270. From then on Paul decided that this was the life for him but unfortunately his school wouldn’t give him the time off to pursue his chosen career.

It wasn’t until some years later that Paul approached former Radio 270 DJ, Bob Snyder who was by then Programme Director for Nottingham’s Radio Trent, regarding presentation. “I still have a copy of the letter that did the trick” says Paul.

“I worked for a few other independent stations under various names they insisted I used including a number of radio stations broadcasting from abroad, “I had to post bulky reel to reel tapes to stations in The Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain” Paul recalls, “I nearly ran out of cardboard.”

I was invited by BBC Radio Derby to present a “Double Header” with the legendary Chris Baird, which led to Paul producing and presenting shows 6 days a week, for 20 years, achieving the highest listening figures in the East Midlands.

From then things went from strength to strength and Paul hasn’t looked back – with exception of the embarrassing incident with the pantomime horse. He still has the back end.


PODCASTS

A selection of shows available to listen again. It is not possible for us to offer all of our shows for repeat listening.
To see all available shows CLICK HERE to visit our Mixcloud page.
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