Following several years in hospital radio, Paul’s professional radio career began in 1974, when he joined LBC Radio as a studio operator, working on news programmes, phone-ins and outside broadcasts. He later became a programme producer and, eventually, the station’s head of production, where one of his main responsibilities was LBC’s on-air ‘imaging’ and branding.
In 1987 he spent a year with Ocean Sound, in Hampshire, as a freelance presenter, before becoming launch consultant to Contact 94, an English-language commercial station broadcasting to the Channel Islands from France.
From there, Paul went to Vienna where he spent the next two years as a regular freelance presenter and newsreader with Austria’s public broadcaster, ORF, on their English-language station, Blue Danube Radio.
Returning to London, Paul joined Melody Radio as one of its original music programmers, before, in 1991, moving to Capital Radio as Assistant to the Director of Programmes, where he worked on both Capital FM and Capital Gold. He later moved full-time to Capital Gold, where he was responsible for much of the station’s music output, as well as working with radio legends such as Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn as a producer. In the summer of 1993 Paul was seconded to BRMB-FM and Xtra-AM in Birmingham, following their acquisition by Capital, for a couple of months to assist with programming and music changes prior to a relaunch of both stations.
In 1994, he left Capital to take up the new post of Head of Programming at Music Choice Europe, the digital satellite music service, where he helped to develop and launch over 40 digital audio channels covering a broad range of musical formats.
At the end of 2000, Paul joined UK Radio Developments’ ‘Infinity Media’ subsidiary as Programme Director of their new DAB digital radio station, FLIX Radio, as well as developing new digital/internet radio station formats and helping to write Radio Authority licence applications.
Since 2002 Paul has been a freelance radio programming consultant, working with a number of clients. He has also worked on a number of applications for new FM radio station licences in both the UK and Republic of Ireland, including several winners.
In 2007 he was part of the launch team at Jack FM Oxfordshire, with responsibility for programming. Paul continues to work with the team at Jack, and its other “siblings” Jack 2, Jack 3 and Union Jack providing regular Rajar analysis as well as carrying out other research and programming-related work. He also undertakes other project work for their parent company OXIS Media.
From 2003-2009 Paul was also an ‘Associate Lecturer’ on various part-time radio production and journalism courses at the London College of Communication.
He also contributed the fortnightly ‘Programming Points’ column in The Radio Magazine from 2003-2010 and has been a judge for the Radio Academy’s ‘Nations & Regions Awards’, the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards and the National Hospital Radio Awards.
Paul is a Trustee, and current Vice-Chair, of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund, a charity whose aim is to try to supply radio and audio sets to all registered blind and partially-sighted people who are in need.
His book Programming Points – The Best of ‘The Radio Magazine’ Columns (2003-2010) is available in paperback and Kindle, and has topped the ‘Bestsellers’ list for ‘Radio’ books on both Amazon UK and Amazon.com. Work is now underway on another book Adventures In Radioland.