Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream of a Life on the Buses for Ex-Presenter; NOW AND THEN Popular Radio Presenter PAUL WAPPAT Has Hung Up His Headphones and Launched the Quadfather - a New Quad Biking Attraction in Northumberland

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream of a Life on the Buses for Ex-Presenter; NOW AND THEN Popular Radio Presenter PAUL WAPPAT Has Hung Up His Headphones and Launched the Quadfather - a New Quad Biking Attraction in Northumberland

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PAUL was the voice of North East Radio for over 15 years on stations such as Smooth and Radio Newcastle, but this year sees a change of direction for the 48-year-old who, along with his son Christopher, 17, is now facing a challenging and fun new career. Paul lives in Morpeth with his wife Claire.

What's your first memory? My first memory is of me at the age of three or four running down Mason Street in Byker, where we lived, to meet my grandad. Anyone who remembers the old streets of Byker will know how steep they were. As I approached him I realised I couldn't stop and continued at full pelt until I reached Raby Street.

What were you like as a child? A bit of a mammy's boy, I suppose. I spent a lot of time with Mam and grandma Olive. In theory, I should be a lot better in the kitchen.

What childhood games did you play? Nothing too robust, I was never a great fan of games like British Bulldog, but I do remember a game called "Queenie Queenie who's got the ball". That could explain a lot!

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? I was brought up in an environment of nostalgic music with Dad's radio work. Dance bands like Roy Fox, Joe Loss and crooners like the great Al Bowlly. I once tried to rebel by saying my favourite singer was Andy Williams, which looking back wasn't exactly a slide towards grunge. The first record I bought was 10cc's Donna. God, I was soft!

Did you have a family pet? My first pet was a psychotic Siamese cat who would just sit in front of your face and glare at you. It was like having a permanent staring competition, that he always won!

Were your school days the best days of your life? Eventually. I hated middle school, Whytrig Middle School in Seaton Delaval. I was always in trouble and nearly got expelled after I discovered the kitchen electricity was controlled in the boys' shower block. The lunches I ruined as I'd plunge the cooks into darkness ... I wasn't bothered, I had a packed lunch!

Were you ever bullied? Like most schoolchildren, yes I was. Again, in my dark days in Seaton Delaval.

He was called David and he knows who he is.

What were your favourite TV programmes? …

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