Woolfy’s Retro Charts – Brian Woolfson


I started my radio career back in 2000 at Heartland FM, a tiny radio station in Highland Perthshire.

It was a great experience and allowed me to get all of the bad habits and mistakes out of my system, but was also good fun…they have a very loyal audience up there and deserve all the success they still achieve.

Following that, I managed to sneak my way on to Lanarkshire’s Clan FM, Renfrewshire’s Q96 and subsequently, Real Radio across the central belt region of Scotland where I presented, mostly, the overnight shows during the week and finally the same show, when the bags under my eyes were becoming larger than my face itself, at the weekends.

With other stints at Clyde 1 and Central FM, I’ve managed to inflict my wittering, alongside a few chart facts, to the good folk of Scotland for the best part of 20 years.

Fast forward to 2020, and it’s great to be part of the Paisley FM team, broadcasting to the area in which I live.

When you go on holiday, when do you pack your case?

Either two weeks before, or on the day of the flight. I go from being meticulously organised to being the world’s worst procrastinator. Except when it’s dinnertime and I’m right in there!

What would you find in your fridge right now?

Copious amounts of stuff that should have been thrown out 5 years on Tuesday, alongside some rather funky flavoured waters. My current favourite is lemon & lime with a hint of mint.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

George Clooney, only because I once took a quiz to answer this question and that came up as the answer. But on reflection, as a fellow housewife’s choice, it makes perfect sense.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

‘Thanks for listening’. Apparently I say it at the end of every radio show. It’s nice to be nice!

What has been your most bizarre life experience?

Going to ‘Cafuffals’ with an unnamed radio colleague and being made to drink ‘venoms’. I think I stayed in the house for a week after that.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Saying the wrong station name during my first ever show on another radio station. I think everyone who works in Scottish radio knows about that one. It was truly a “ground open up and swallow” moment.

If you had to design a new smartphone app, what would it be?

Wouldn’t it be good if you could point your phone at your TV and it tells you the name of the person on-screen? Quite handy for these ‘celebrity’ shows that don’t actually feature celebrities that anyone’s heard of.

What TV show are you ashamed to admit you love?

Is it wrong to say I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of Coronation Street? One of my closest friends even says I have the geekiness of Roy, the pompousness of Brian and the busy body-ishness of Norris. I’m not sure if I have a lot going for me, to be honest!

What do you do when you’re not on the radio?

I tend to lecture in a college. My students sometimes think I’m cool, but mostly they don’t. But I’m not bitter.


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