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Scottie McClue

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Scottie McClue
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Scottie McClue at the Radio Festival 2008
Born Colin Lamont[1]
(1956-06-20) 20 June 1956 (age 60)[1]
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland[1]
Occupation Radio presenter and executive

Scottie McClue is the on-air pseudonym of media consultant, actor, writer and broadcaster Colin Lamont, who in 1992 as Senior producer and presenter at Red Rose Gold in Preston,[2] created the persona for the Scottie McClue Mega Phone-In, networked on various Independent Local Radio stations across the UK.


When Lancashire independent radio station Red Rose Radio was split into two frequencies, programme director John Myers wanted distinctive programming for the medium wave service, Red Rose Gold.[3] Myers encouraged Colin Lamont to present the station's late-night phone-in. They believed, however, that the name 'Colin' did not connote showbusiness. Inspired by the host of a weekly kids' film club in Carlisle, Myers suggested that Lamont's on-air identity should be 'Scottie McClue'.[4]

In 1994 Scottie McClue moved to Scot FM in Edinburgh, to present a new late night phone in. The show received sufficient calls to cause BT to limit the number of calls on the number.[5] He incurred the wrath of radio watchdogs on three occasions about his views about gay men and women and use of language.[6][7] In January 1997 Scottie left the station after talks about a new contract broke down[8] and moved to Hallam FM in Sheffield and by April 1998,his show was syndicated across TFM in Middlesbrough and all Magic Radio stations then owned by EMAP in Liverpool, Yorkshire and North East England.[9]

Scottie also presented on Border Television-owned stations including 100-102 Century FM in Newcastle, becoming the late night phone-in presenter on its Salford Quays-based sister regional station 105.4 Century FM when it launched in September 1998,[10] with his show being networked to cover The Midlands on Century 106 in Nottingham in 1999.

In 2001 Scottie returned to Scotland on Q96 with his shows being simulcast and networked across the UK.[citation needed] He then returned to EMAP's Magic stations in Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull also broadcasting for SRH on Clyde 2 Glasgow on Saturday evenings and Forth 2 Edinburgh on Sunday mornings and also a stint co-hosting with Lesley Riddoch sitting in for Fred McAuley on BBC Radio Scotland.

Scottie McClue had, as analyst Mary Talbot observes, achieved "a degree of infamy as a highly confrontational talk radio host".[11] Scottie joined Q96 in 2005 before moving to its UTV sister station Talk 107, the 24-hour talk radio station based in Edinburgh, in 2006.[11] He presented his last show for Talk 107 in March 2008 and was replaced with a simulcast of The James Whale Show from London on sister station Talk Sport, which after a few weeks was in turn replaced by another show. In July 2008 Scottie McClue participated in a special edition of BBC Radio's Fighting Talk at the Radio Academy's Radio Festival in Glasgow.[12] In his introduction, presenter Colin Murray described McClue as "A Scottish broadcasting legend, he claims to have the world record for calls into his phone-in show, I think it was 460,000 in one week, he's been fired or has resigned on the odd occasion from virtually every station in Scotland and the North of England, and how he hasn't developed a show yet for BBC Radio Scotland called "I'm Sorry I Haven't A McClue" I have no idea."[12]

Scottie McClue also presented on many mainstream Scottish radio stations including Forth & Clyde and from 2008 L107 where he also served in a shareholder and management role at the station. The station lasted just over a year until reported company debts caused an ownership dispute which led to the breakdown of the partnership, and McClue's departure from the station's output.[13][14]

Other work

A live video, "An Audience With Scottie McClue" was released in 1996.[1][15] While working with Century 105 in Salford in 1999, he also released a CD called The Best of Scottie McClue.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d "Colin Lamont, Esq.", Debrett's website
  2. ^ North West Radio
  3. ^ Red Rose Gold was transmitted on AM, while Rock FM was broadcast on the FM frequency.
  4. ^ Myers, John (2012). Team, It's Only Radio. Kenton Books. pp. 89–92. ISBN 0954622391. 
  5. ^ Chat's yer Lot, BT tell DJ Scottie
  6. ^ "Radio host fined for bad language". Herald Scotland. 
  7. ^ "Third time unlucky for controversial radio broadcaster". Herald Scotland. 
  8. ^ "DJ McClue silenced by Scot FM after talks". Herald Scotland. 
  9. ^ Lowe, Jim. "The Jim Lowe Editorial 1998". Retrieved 7 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "Degsy Rides Again", Trouble at the Top, BBC Two, March 1999
  11. ^ a b Talbot, Mary (2007). Media Discourse: Representation and Interaction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 157–8. ISBN 0-7486-2348-5. 
  12. ^ a b "The Radio Festival 2008 headed to Glasgow", Radio Academy
  13. ^ Rowbotham, John (5 November 2009). "Radio Station Owners in battle over control". Hamilton Advertiser. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  14. ^ Rowbotham, John (19 November 2009). "Business owner left trail of debt". Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  15. ^ An Audience With Scottie McClue. 1996. Pearson New Entertainment
  16. ^ The Best Of Scottie McClue Century Radio: B0034PAMQA

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