Tiger Tim roars back to the mic

TIGER Tim is back at Radio Clyde three years after his last show.

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DJ Tiger Tim retired three years ago
DJ Tiger Tim retired three years ago

Tim Steven, Scotland's most popular radio presenter has defied expectation in returning to present the Hogmanay show with George Bowie.

"It was fantastic to go back to Radio Clyde," said Tim, who's broadcasting career began at Clyde 40 years ago.

"When I walked into the building I felt a bit strange. There were new faces and some old ones. But then I relaxed a bit and said 'It's great to be home.' And that's exactly how I felt. There were a few tearful faces around when I said that. Including mine."

Tim retired from radio three years ago, suffering from the debilitating effects of MS.

He had hoped to continue broadcasting however, and when new Radio Clyde MD Brian Paige took over the running of the station, he deemed it important that Tim's association with the station be restored.

Tim said: "Brian called me up in December and asked me to appear at the Cash For Kids lunch.

"I went along and the welcome was fantastic. It's great to be acting as an ambassador for Clyde and I'll do anything I can to help raise money for kids."

Tim, who is married to Caroline and now lives in East Kilbride, enjoyed recording his Hogmanay stint.

He said: "It was amazing.

"And when you hear it, you'll get to discover my confession to George Bowie, about how I managed to cause a gorgeous girl to crack him on the jaw in a nightclub.

"George had no idea I set him up, until now."

Tim doesn't know if he'll be back broadcasting at Clyde 1 FM.

He said: "I'd love to return at some point.

"But the main thing is I've been back to the place where I had so many wonderful memories. And it felt great.

"The management bought me a new set of headphones. So you never know."

brian.beacom @eveningtimes.co.uk

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