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Dean Pepall

Dean Pepall

Listen to great music with Dean Pepall on Sunday afternoons from 1400-1600. Read on to discover Dean's most embarrassing moments on-air…

What's your first memory?

Getting my bum slapped by a big midwife at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London. I was 19 at the time.

Actually, it was hiding under the kitchen table whenever a certain Chinese or Japanese record, popular at the time, came on the wireless.

My folks always laughed and said "look he's embarrassed!" (not for the last time!). I think the record was something called "Make Way the Make Way", but probably spelt differently.

First record you bought?

The first record I ever bought was "Do You Love Me" by the Contours, which was later a soulless hit for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.

I bought it from a record shop called Giljay's on Church St Market off London's Edgware Road near where we lived. They always played great music on two massive speakers outside the shop.

Your favourite three songs?

All Along The Watch Tower by Jimi Hendrix because it reminds me of the best-ever pub... The Prince. It was flattened years ago but used to be on Pomona Street in Sheffield opposite the Rabone Chesterman Works. They sold Scrumpy for 11d a pint - perfect for students - and Hendrix was king of the jukebox.

Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?, a soul classic, and Live It Up from John Legend's 2005 album - it's the only track for years that's made me feel really elated.

Who's been your best interviewee & why?

My best interviewee was Magnus Magnusson back in the 80s when he was promoting the new Jorvik Centre in York.

Magnus surprised me with his humour and wit. He was fantastic company and we rabbited a couple of hours away while he enjoyed his pipe (He was Pipe Man of the Year in 1978 and enjoyed nipping off for what he called "Smokey, Smokey").

He was far from the rather dour, straight individual that people knew from "Mastermind". In fact he was more than capable of using a few choice words.

Other excellent interviewees - and great conversationalists - were Patrick Kane of Hue and Cry and the late Stuart Adamson of Big Country, a mad fan of Dunfermline.

We talked football all night and children too; we were both in the process of indoctrinating our young sons into the joys of the game and which team they had to support !

What's the most embarrassing thing you've said on air?

A choice of two. Being goosed repeatedly by Jeremy Beadle whilst hosting an outside broadcast at the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster. And persistently getting the score wrong during commentary of Sheffield Wednesday's 4-4 draw against Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-final replay at Hillsborough in 1985.

For some reason I kept saying that Chelsea were leading 3-1 when in fact it was the other way round - nobody told me until my wife called in and said if I got it wrong one more time she was going to throttle me when I got home!

Favourite place in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire - and why?

Choosing a favourite place in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire is difficult. I really enjoy strolling in Ecclesall Woods and the riverside walk between Froggatt and Calver, but my vote at this particular time goes to Hollins Cross, high on the ridge walk between Mam Tor and Lose Hill.

Standing up there in the early morning looking down on Edale one way and the Hope Valley on the other is a really uplifting experience.

Who would you like to be trapped in a lift with?

Trapped in a lift with… Kristin Scott Thomas, or a certain thief...

What do you never miss on television?

I watch loads of football and test cricket but I try not to miss Mock The Week. I enjoy watching good documentaries about Faith, especially those involving Robert Beckford or Peter Owen Jones.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

If I ever won the lottery jackpot my wife and daughters would take me to New York where I would be allowed to buy them the best the city's fashion designers could conjure up.

I would then be taken on similar trips to Milan and Paris. My son would let me take him to Australia for the Ashes Test series. Anything left would go towards buying an amazing Edwardian House overlooking a creek near Salcombe in Devon... assuming the Dutch industrialist who owns it could be encouraged to move on.

Dean Pepall: Sundays 1400-1600


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