Stephen Clements

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Stephen Clements
Born(1972-12-17)17 December 1972
DiedJanuary 2020 (aged 47)
OccupationPresenter
Years active2010–2020
Home townCarrickfergus
Spouse(s)Natasha Clements
Children2, Poppy and Robbie

Stephen Clements (17 December 1972 – January 2020) was a Northern Irish radio DJ and TV presenter. He is best known for hosting the Q Breakfast Show on Q Radio for 7 years until June 2019, and The Stephen Clements Show on BBC Radio Ulster from September 2019 to January 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Clements had a brother, Gavin, a wife, Natasha, and two children, Poppy and Robbie.

Clements studied geography at university and lived in South Korea for a period teaching English.[1] Prior to his radio career, Clements was a salesman.[2]

His death was announced on 7 January 2020.[1] His funeral was held on 14 January. Q Radio held a minutes silence at 4:30pm at the time his funeral was taking place to pay tribute to him.

Career[edit]

Citybeat / Q Radio (2010–2019)[edit]

Clements' radio career started when he phoned Citybeat asking how could he be on the radio. Two weeks after sending in a demo tape, he was on the air.[2]

Clements presented the Q Radio Breakfast Show until 21 June 2019 alongside Sara Neill and later Cate Conway on the commercial radio station. Rival presenter Stephen Nolan described Clements’ show as one of the most innovative and funny he had ever listened to. On leaving, he stated it's "never been anything less than a privilege" to host the show.[3]

One segment of the show was Through the Window, a radio concept of Through the Keyhole. It featured Stephen talking with a character and allowing listeners to guess which celebrity or local face was the answer. It also gives comedic reference to ongoing political issues. He credits his wife for coming up with the idea, following a chat they had on holiday.[2]

During this time he also wrote a best-selling book, Back In Our Day, released on 15 November 2017.[4][5]

BBC (2019–2020)[edit]

In September 2019, Clements announced he got "the job of a lifetime" and joined BBC Radio Ulster. His show, The Stephen Clements Show, replaced The Sean Coyle Show. His first show was broadcast on 23 September and his last show was on 6 January.[6]

He also co-presented the TV series Open for Summer during the Open Golf Championship in Portrush in 2019 as well as BBC Northern Ireland's Children in Need programme in November 2019 with Holly Hamilton.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "BBC Radio Ulster presenter dies aged 47". bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Stephen Clements the former beer salesman turned DJ". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Stephen Clements leaves Q Radio". belfastlive.co.uk. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Stephen Clements: When they asked me to write I thought they meant Stephen Nolan". bbc.co.uk. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Former Q Radio presenter Stephen Clements dies suddenly". goqradio.com. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Stephen Clements to host new BBC Radio Ulster programme". bbc.co.uk. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.