Paul Baskerville

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Paul Baskerville
Born (1961-03-03) 3 March 1961 (age 62)
Manchester, England
OccupationRadio DJ

Paul Baskerville (born 3 March 1961) is an English radio disc jockey (DJ) on the German radio station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR).

In 2019, he gained international popularity for once being thought to have played "The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet" on his program in the early 1980s, in which Baskerville was later ruled out of the theory.


Baskerville was born and grew up in Manchester.[1] As a teenager, he joined the punk band The Limit.[citation needed] He moved to Germany in 1980.[2] Initially, he worked for Karstadt.[1] He started working for NDR in 1981 with features about music from England and especially Manchester. In 1982, he got his first weekly show, Musik für junge Leute[3][2] which he moderated every Thursday from 13:20 to 14:30.[3] He also moderated the shows "No Wave",[4][3][2] "Kopfhörer",[3][2] and "Offbeat".[3][2] Over the years, he got different slots. He also did shows for Radio Bremen, Deutschlandfunk, DT64, and reportages for Arte. He also wrote a music column for the weekly paper Freitag ("Friday"). Currently, he is broadcasting the show Nachtclub[3] ("nightclub") which ran from 2003 to 2020 on NDR Info on Saturday from 0:05 to 2:00 and has moved in 2021 to NDR Blue on Thursday at 21:00. One of the most important record stores for his program Musik für junge Leute was the now defunct unterm durchschnitt [de] based in Hamburg.[1]

Baskerville is married and has a daughter named Emely.[1] He lives in Hamburg.[citation needed]

Baskerville's program Musik für junge Leute ("music for young people") was once thought to have been the show from which a German teenager taped an unidentified new wave song between 1982 and 1984 that has become a viral internet phenomenon dubbed "The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet".[5][6][7] He suspects that it was a demo recording that was played once by an NDR presenter and then thrown away, and Baskerville was later ruled out of the theory.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d NDR Hamburg Journal from December 22, 2012:
  2. ^ a b c d e "Paul Baskerville". (in German). 25 May 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "It's History – Paul's frühere Sendungen beim NDR | Nachtclub mit Paul Baskerville" (in German). Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. ^ SPIEGEL, Christian Gödecke, DER. "Radiomoderator Paul Baskerville - DER SPIEGEL - Geschichte". (in German). Retrieved 16 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Knörer, Ekkehard (27 September 2019). "Wer kennt diesen Song?". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  6. ^ "80er-Song lässt User verzweifeln: "Most mysterious song on the internet"? Spuren nach Deutschland". (in German). Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  7. ^ Ulrich, Viola (11 September 2019). "Mysteriöser Song: Wer kennt dieses Lied aus den 80er-Jahren?". DIE WELT. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Hamburg Journal: Der geheimnisvolle Song aus dem NDR Archiv | ARD Mediathek". (in German). Retrieved 9 December 2020.

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