STEVE is the Afternoon Show producer for BBC Radio Newcastle. Steve is also part of the long-running comedy duo The Big Fun Club with showbiz partner Rob Walton.
He’s currently enjoying the progress of Scunthorpe United in the championship and is part of a covert group SBiNE, “which if I told you what it meant, I would have to beat you”. He lives in Heaton, Newcastle.
How long have you lived there?
Eight years – it’s in ‘Museli Corner’, a part of Heaton where the creatives hang out. It’s very pleasant. We all meet on Sunday mornings to discuss art and life, while the actors show off their reviews. It’s very communal.
What’s your dream home?
I fancy living in Northumberland, away from the sound of alarms and litter, but after about half an hour, I think I’d go crackers with cabin fever. There are only so many times you can look at a sheep.
How do you get around (walk, car, public transport, private jet)?
I have a car, but I’m cycling as much as possible. The number 1 is a good bus route and currently it’s only a £1 into town, which is neat.
What is your favourite part of the North-East?
Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn are very beautiful. Newcastle will be lovely too when the building work is finished.
What is your favourite building in the region?
Outside – The Sage; Inside – The Cumberland Arms, Byker
What is the best holiday you’ve ever had?
When I was a kid, we went to Scarborough. I got to sleep in a shed as there wasn’t enough room in the chalet. I was scared, so my dad bought me a toy pistol. In the Ghetto by Elvis was on the radio. By day, I was a happy-go-lucky boy. At night, I was living in the Ghetto, with Elvis and my gun by my side.
What’s the favourite thing in your home?
If you could have one luxury what would it be?
A clean and tidy street without mattresses strewn all around. Heaton’s back streets are disgusting.
What are you working on at the moment?
Daily – bringing top quality radio entertainment to the good people of the region. Long-term, Rob and I are currently working on some new Big Fun Club material for next year. We’re very funny. And we’ve won awards. Check out www.myspace/thebigfunclub
Who or what is the love of your life?
Helen and Bella.
Where is your favourite place in the North-East?
Bed. Or high above West Woodburn watching dusk creep into the valley.
What is your favourite shop?
Sid’s Corner Shop in Heaton fulfills all my dietary and newspaper needs. Sid is a wonderful man, often with an opinion on everything.
What is your favourite restaurant?
Zonzos in Sandyford, Jesmond, is very handy. The staff are good, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the windows are very clean. The last time we went there, it inspired me to clean our windows. The food is excellent too.
The Cumberland Arms in Byker. It’s just fantastic. The bars of the Ouseburn delta are great, The Cluny, The Tyne and The Free Trade. The Free Trade needs to get its act together though, the toilets are disgusting. No one likes a dirty toilet.
Currently prawns, smoked salmon and pasta with a touch of garlic.
Are you any good at cooking, do you spend much time in the kitchen?
I’m a great cook. The king of the kitchen. I love the preparation and having time to make something special. I wouldn’t mind being a chef, but the hours are rubbish.
What’s the last play or film you saw?
I went to see the Bourne Ultimatum which was enjoyable. It kept my butterfly mind occupied for two hours.
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson. It’s about faith, I think. I love a good crime novel and would thoroughly recommend The Singer by Cathi Unsworth.
What are you listening to on your I-pod / CD player at the moment?
A right rag bag of stuff as I have the ipod on shuffle. Undoubtedly though, my favourite album of the year has to be The Bairns by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. It’s folk music. I don’t even like folk music usually, but this is a beautiful thing. Every home should have a copy. They are so talented.
What is your favourite TV programme?
The Wire, or Corrie.
What are you proudest of?
Making people laugh.
When and where were you happiest?
Byker Buildings, 12.30am, Dec 22, 1994, and most days afterwards especially Jan 21, 1996.
Do you have any wisdom to share?
It’s nice to be important, it’s important to be nice.
What does the future hold?
If I knew that I’d be some kind of omnipresent being, and frankly, I’m too busy for that at the moment.