Clive Garrard

Clive Garrard

 Interview by Roland Beaney.

1. Do you want to give your age?

I have absolutely no problem telling you my age. I am 31 (actually, I'm really 48)

2. Where were you born?

I was born in Battle Hospital, Reading, Berkshire on 11th June 1958 (my life has seemed like a battle ever since then)

3. Where do you live now?

 I live exactly halfway between Hastings and Bexhill, in East Sussex. The beach is a 2 minute walk from my front door.

4. How did you get involved in Radio?

My hero whilst at school was Emperor Rosko and I used to mimic him and impersonate him to my school mates. In October 1973 I got to meet him at a Radio 1 roadshow, at the Elizabethan Barn, Tunbridge Wells. I started thinking from that evening that this is what I really want to do. I answered an advert in the local Tunbridge Wells newspaper in 1981 "person wanted to train to be a dJ" and I started mobile dj'ing then and a year later joined Hospital Radio Tunbridge wells in 1982.

5. What is your earliest memory of Caroline?

I can't say for sure, but probably seeing the Caroline ship on TV at the time of the marine offences act in 1967

6. How did you first hear about Caroline?

I started listening to Caroline, when I found it in the 1970's whilst tuning along the medium wave band, I promptly told my friends my exciting discovery. I also remember going to a Radio Caroline Road Show at the Assembly hall, Tunbridge wells about 1977.

7. When and why did you join Caroline?

I met Barry James at the Hastings Rock Radio station in May 2002; I joined Caroline the following month. I started to help Barry on the Tuesday evening request programme, answering the phone, and reading out dedications. My very first programme was the Monday morning August Bank holiday 2002.

8. Have you worked on other Radio stations?

In the last 25 years, I've done programmes on Hospital Radio stations Tunbridge wells, Hastings and Eastbourne. I have co-presented on BBC radio Kent and Invicta radio. I presented a programme on Sovereign Radio and co-presented the breakfast show on Arrow FM. I was also asked to present "Clive's Sunday afternoon stroll" on Arrow FM. Every Sunday I would visit a place, go on a walk and record all the links of what I did, who I met etc. It was on a six week trial to see if it would become popular. I ended up presenting this programme for three and a half years. I also enjoyed doing numerous RSL's including Hastings Rock Radio since 1995.

9. What's your most embarrassing moment?

After doing a Disco for Club Med in the South of France I was returning to my room at 3am. As I started to walk down the corridor to my room, I realised that a couple who also worked there, were having sex directly outside my room. I had to decide what should I do? Should I join in, or step right over them to get into my room? Rather than disturb this couple in the throws of their passion, or embarrass them, I decided the gentlemanly thing to do was to go around the back of the building and climb in through my window to get into my room. Following this, word spread around the entire holiday camp. The Top man always referred to me as Monsieur Couloir (Mr Corridor) after that. Everyone wanted to know who the couple were, but I never let on!

10. What's your favourite radio station other then Caroline?

 BBC Radio 2

11. Have you got any special memories?

Meeting Paul McCartney, another hero of mine, I was shaking afterwards.

12. What is your favourite sport?

I love football, I went to almost every Crystal Palace home match when I lived near the football ground. I will always support them. I also do some running and like walking in the countryside.

13. What do you dislike doing the most?

I dislike gardening and cutting the grass.

14. What's your favourite food?

I like hot food like, chilli con carne, curries and Cajun food.

15. What is your favourite pastime?

I live at the coast at St. Leonard's, East Sussex and I enjoy walking along the white cliff top at Beachy Head to a pretty village nearby, where the local pub does a great pint of bitter.

16. What are your favourite bands or group?

My favourite musical artists are Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers Band, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Deep Purple and Free.

17. Have you met anyone famous?

I have met some famous people in my time including Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Alan Price, Olivia Newton John, Slade, Don Mclean, Al Stewart, Leo Sayer, Adam Faith, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Squeeze, Ray Davies, The Kinks, David Essex, Martin Fry of ABC and Ralph McTell. The only person I disliked was Alan Price, after agreeing to be interviewed by me he then changed his mind.

18. What's your favourite TV programme or film?

My favourite TV. Programme in recent years was “The Office" and I always loved the original "Randall and Hopkirk" series from the 60’s; my favourite film is "The Apartment" starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLain.

19. What's your five favourite tunes that you would take to a desert island?

Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna, Harry Chapin - W.O.L.D., Billy Joel - New York State of Mind, The Kinks -Shangri La and Led Zeppelin - Kashmir.

20. What frustrates you most about radio today?

All the radio stations sound the same now, the DJ`s don't have the personality and charisma that they had in the past.

21. What plans have you for the future and what would you like to be doing in 10 years time?

I love radio, I've been at it 25 years now and I'll still be doing it in 10 years time.

22. When did you last go on board the Ross?

I believe it was when BBC Radio Essex were doing a programme on board the Ross Revenge, I interviewed roger Day in the next studio to them, I think it was Easter 2005.

Many thanks Clive for answering my questions. We look forward to hearing your shows on Caroline for many more years. The walk along the cliff tops sounds very nice, I must join you one day!!!

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