Tributes to presenter Paul Stewart

Tributes have been paid to one of Radio Clatterbridge's longest-serving volunteers.

Paul Stewart died on Wednesday at Wirral Hospice St John's here in Clatterbridge.

Paul Stewart

The former Golden Hour presenter joined us in 1981 and spent 23 years at the station before leaving to set up Wirral's first community broadcaster, 7 Waves Radio.

Friend and colleague Neil Jackson recalled meeting him on his first visit to Clatterbridge.

"It's hard to believe that that was 35 years ago. We spent many a happy hour or three talking about radio and music over the years. Paul's love and passion for those subjects was still very much with him through his illness and to the very end" - Neil Jackson

Paul, who also lectured in radio production at Wirral Metropolitan College, helped countless people break into the industry over the years.

One of them was former Radio Clatterbridge presenter Helen Craven.

"He inspired me and taught me so much about radio and I will be eternally grateful to him for that. I'm glad I got to tell him what an important part he played in my life. Things won't be the same without him." - Helen Craven

Paul Stewart broadcasting from Radio Clatterbridge's Larch House studios in 1993

He was visited by many members of the station during his final weeks and spent some of his last days listening out for his requests for songs by The Eagles.

Radio Clatterbridge Chairman Steve Lord recalled Paul learning the studio controls with ease - and claims he persuaded him to change his radio surname from Smith to Stewart after the legendary Radio Luxemberg DJ Bob Stewart.

"Paul had a great radio voice and he deserved to be a national broadcaster." - Steve Lord

Paul carved out a career as a popular presenter on Radio City, Marcher Gold and Marcher Coast FM during the 1990s.

He continued broadcasting his Solid Gold Saturday show on 7 Waves' successor, Wirral Radio, until 2015.

"We send our special condolences to his family and friends. Paul will be sadly missed by us all." - John Storey, Wirral Radio

Update: Radio Clatterbridge thanked staff at Wirral Hospice St John's during the coverage of the annual Light Up A Light event for the care they showed to Paul.


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