Media: Double Standards - 'Most of what I do is about me loving music'

A man with three nipples, a naked Richard Ashcroft and a girl with webbed feet; it's all in a day's work for two rock 'n' rollers who have turned their hands to radio presenting.

CLINT BOON PRESENTER, XFM MANCHESTER

- Why did you become a radio presenter?

I've always loved radio, but I didn't have any dreams to be a presenter. It happened by accident. Being in the Inspiral Carpets meant that I was in and out of radio stations as an interviewee. I started dabbling with radio after Janice Long started a station in Liverpool in 1995 (Crash FM). She gave me a show on there. It was only a four-week trial broadcast, but Crash ended up winning the licence. Since then, I've done bits here and there, standing in for people. I've only been doing proper full-time radio for two years.

- What's the best thing about working in radio?

Most of what I do (club DJ, Inspiral Carpets, radio presenting) is about me loving music. I'm not particularly brilliant at any of the things I'm well known for. I make a living out of my love for music.

- What's the worst thing about working in radio?

I'm a bit of a workaholic. My five shows a week for Xfm Manchester take up a lot of time. This affects my family life.

- What has been your most embarrassing moment on-air?

Introducing Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) as "one of the most successful British songwriters of recent years", at which point he pointed out he's actually Irish.

- What's the funniest thing that has happened to you while you've been on the air?

Richard Ashcroft stripping naked during a live interview.

- How different is the radio industry to the music industry?

It's all part of the same thing really. Same good bits, same bad bits. Same mentality. Same people.

- Do you miss your heady rock star days?

No, because I still taste that excitement on a daily basis. The excitement of passionately introducing a brand new record to several thousand listeners. The excitement of doing a five-hour DJ set to a club full of raving nutters. The excitement of still walking onstage with a band me and my mates started 22 years ago. The Inspirals still sell out gigs.

- What radio shows do you listen to?

My radio is constantly tuned to 97.7 Xfm Manchester, but my wife, Charlie, and I always make a point of listening to Jonathan Ross on Radio 2 on Saturday mornings.

- Who is your favourite radio personality?

Of all time? John Peel. Still alive? Anthony H Wilson.

- If you weren't hosting a radio show, what would you be doing?

Working on the house me and Charlie bought last year. It's big and there's loads of DIY stuff to tackle. Too busy selling records to the North-West, though! I also want to get on to my third solo album. I've got a million ideas, and some cool (unreleased) collaborations, which I've recorded.

SUGGS PRESENTER, VIRGIN RADIO

- Why did you become a radio presenter?

Paul Jackson, the programme director at Virgin Radio, asked me very nicely after a slap-up meal at a very nice restaurant. I just can't say no to that man.

- What's the best thing about working in radio?

The ramblings of my mind are a culmination of 20 years' life experience in and out of the music industry. My show gives me an opportunity to invite people in to experience an off-the-cuff insight into it all. Combining that with one of my greatest loves: music. It's simply a great way to while away a few hours.

- What's the worst thing about working in radio?

Having to sift though the endless song requests from listeners and only being able to pick two hours' worth a day. Perhaps we should extend the show and I should be on all day? We'd be able to fit them all in then.

- What has been your most embarrassing moment on-air?

I once forgot to put the fader up after playing a song. For a few seconds, I was chatting away into the microphone before I realised that the listeners couldn't hear me. Whether or not that was a bad thing, I'm not too sure.

- What's the funniest thing that has happened to you while you've been on the air?

I had the pleasure of hosting some of my listeners on a series of trips to my favourite European cities: Dublin, Amsterdam and Palma. It wasn't just a free-for-all. The listeners had to prove their credentials on-air to win a place on the trip by telling me something surprising about themselves. We had a man with three nipples, a girl with webbed feet and the guy who invented the shape of Monster Munch. One man got so drunk he had my signature tattooed on to his arm.

- How different is the radio industry to the music industry?

It's all the same industry. The record industry wouldn't survive without radio. Being a radio presenter means I'm doing the same thing now as I was 25 years ago - playing records in my bedroom.

- Do you miss your heady rock star days?

I'm still in my heady rock star days. We went on a huge European tour last year, with a grand finale on home turf at Wembley Arena. This year sees more of the same, only we'll be trekking across fields far and wide, playing a string of the finest festivals, including Glastonbury. I've polished up my best boots in anticipation of all the mud.

- What radio shows do you listen to?

Danny Baker on BBC Radio London, the Don Letts and legendary Bob Dylan shows on BBC 6 Music and our own Christian O'Connell on Virgin Radio. I even beat him at his own game in his live breakfast show battle of the DJs.

- Who is your favourite radio personality?

Danny Baker, I've listened to him for years; he's always got something interesting to say, even if I don't always agree. He says what he likes with a wicked sense of humour.

- If you weren't hosting a radio show, what would you be doing?

I'd be doing loads more TV and Madness would still be dragging me off around the world. That, and I'd be pottering around my allotment or doing some real work for once.