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Paul McLoone
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Paul McLoone performing on stage with The Undertones in Holmfirth, England, United Kingdom on Saturday July 14th, 2012
Background information
Birth namePaul Martin McLoone
Born (1967-02-11) 11 February 1967 (age 52)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Genres Punk rock
Pop punk
Occupation(s)Musician, radio producer (formerly), voice actor and radio presenter
Instruments Vocals
Acoustic guitar
Years active1985 – present (radio)
1980s/1990s – present (music)
November 1999- present (The Undertones)
1980s/1990s - September 2008 (radio producer with BBC Radio Foyle, Today FM and RTE)
September 2008 - present (radio presenter with Today FM)
January 2015- February 2016 (radio presenter with TXFM)
March 2012- March or November 2016- (M.C./Master of Ceremonies for the main awards ceremony of the Choice Music Prize)
Labels Cooking Vinyl (with The Undertones)
Associated acts The Undertones

Paul Martin McLoone (born 11 February 1967) is a musician, former radio producer, voice actor, voiceover artist and radio presenter from Derry, Northern Ireland. He is perhaps best known for being the co-creator and co-writer of the Irish comedy sketch series, Gift Grub. He is also the lead vocalist/frontman of the Northern Irish pop-punk/new-wave band The Undertones, [1] having permanently replaced Feargal Sharkey when the band reunited for a series of live appearances which occurred in November 1999. [2] He hosts the weekday evening/night-time radio programme on the Irish national and independent radio station, Today FM titled "The Paul McLoone Show" which broadcasts from Dublin every Monday to Thursday from 9pm to midnight and which focuses on less-known Irish solo singers or bands, as well as those from other countries who are popular in the alternate and indie rock world, but who have yet to crack the mainstream line of the music industry. [3]

Derry city in Northern Ireland

Derry, officially Londonderry, is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Old Irish name Daire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and gained the "London" prefix to reflect the funding of its construction by the London guilds. While the city is more usually known colloquially as Derry, Londonderry is also commonly used and remains the legal name.

Gift Grub is a series of short comic pieces broadcast on weekdays on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on the Irish commercial radio station Today FM, having been broadcast since May 8, 1999.

The Undertones Northern Irish band

The Undertones are a rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. From 1975 to 1983, the Undertones consisted of Feargal Sharkey (vocals), John O'Neill, Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty (drums). Much of the earlier Undertones material drew influence from punk rock and new wave; the Undertones also incorporated elements of rock, glam rock and post-punk into material released after 1979, before citing soul and Motown as the influence for the material released upon their final album. The Undertones released thirteen singles and four studio albums between 1978 and 1983 before Sharkey announced his intention to leave the band in May 1983, citing musical differences as the reason for the break up.


McLoone also hosted a radio programme titled 'Another Side' on TXFM (formerly Phantom FM), a radio station that broadcast to Dublin City and its surrounding areas and which was also a sister station to Today FM. The program which first began airing on Saturday January 17, 2015 and which finished airing on Saturday July 2, 2016 was dedicated to giving an in-depth profile of a single major musician or band by playing various songs associated with the band or musician's career including ones that may not have been released as a single. The show aired for one hour at 6pm up until 7pm every Saturday evening on TXFM and was subsequently repeated every Sunday night from 10pm to 11pm with fellow radio presenter John Caddell who was also the producer for the show filling in for McLoone.

TXFM was a Dublin based radio station, founded in 1996 as a pirate radio station. TXFM broadcasts under a contract awarded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). The station ceased broadcasting on 26 October 2016.

From March 2012 to March 2016, McLoone served as the main presenter or M.C.- master of ceremonies for the main awards ceremony of the Choice Music Prize, an annual awards ceremony that takes place in Dublin every year, having first started in 2005 with the Choice Music Prize being awarded to a band or musician from Ireland whose album is deemed worthy of the prize by a panel of judges composed of various people from all aspects of Irish media. McLoone was originally involved in the background running of the awards before making his debut as M.C. at the 2011 ceremony which took place in 2012, a role he held for five years before it was announced in November 2016 that the Choice Music Prize would be broadcast on RTE 2FM from 2017 onwards.

Choice Music Prize award

The Choice Music Prize or "RTÉ Choice Music Prize" is an annual music prize awarded to the best album from a band or solo musician who resides in the Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland.



A native of Derry City and having grown up in the Bogside, McLoone originally began his radio career back in the late 1980s. He first appeared on Gerry Anderson's show on BBC Radio Foyle in 1985. While on the show, McLoone successfully impersonated Prince Charles in a radio interview with Anderson which in turn launched McLoone's own career in radio with Anderson also serving as McLoone's radio mentor.

The Bogside is a neighbourhood outside the city walls of Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The large gable-wall murals by the Bogside Artists, Free Derry Corner and the Gasyard Féile are popular tourist attractions. The Bogside is a majority Catholic/Irish republican area, and shares a border with the Protestant/Ulster loyalist enclave of the Fountain.

Gerald Michael "Gerry" Anderson, was a radio and television broadcaster for BBC Northern Ireland. Renowned for his unique style and distinctive sense of humour, Anderson often referred to himself on his show, as "Turkey Neck", "Puppet Chin" or "Golf Mike Alpha".

McLoone later performed in one band, The Carrellines alongside future Undertones band member, drummer Billy Doherty in the late 1980s with McLoone serving as the main frontman/lead vocalist and guitarist for the Carrellines. Despite gaining praise from the Irish media, the Carrelllines broke up after releasing two singles, "Bridesmaids Never Brides" and "Credence", a b-side to Bridesmaids Never Brides. After that, McLoone managed another band, Schtum which disbanded while the group were touring America.

As such, McLoone eventually became a radio producer and was later involved in producing various programmes for the BBC, including his own satirical sketch series McLoone which ran for three series in the early 1990s on BBC Radio Foyle.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

BBC Radio Foyle

BBC Radio Foyle is a BBC Northern Ireland local radio station, serving County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It is named after the River Foyle which flows through Derry, the city where the station is based. The station broadcasts from BBC's Northland Road studios on 93.1 FM and 792 MW in Derry, County Londonderry. There is also a small television studio based there used for interviews with the interviewee sitting in front of a CSO screen which normally has a live view of Derry. Since it broadcasts from a point close to the County Donegal and County Londonderry border it includes some coverage of the former county.

In March 1999, McLoone moved to the Republic of Ireland, settling in the capital city, Dublin. He later joined the national independent radio station, Today FM, originally called Radio Ireland before its name-change and relaunch in 1998. He subsequently became a producer on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show , for Today FM.

Republic of Ireland Ireland, a country in north-western Europe, occupying 5/6 of the island of Ireland; succeeded the Irish Free State (1937)

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern side of the island. Around a third of the country's population of 4.8 million people resides in the greater Dublin area. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann, an upper house, Seanad Éireann, and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

Dublin capital and largest city in Ireland

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It is on the east coast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster, at the mouth of the River Liffey, and is bordered on the south by the Wicklow Mountains. It has an urban area population of 1,173,179, while the population of the Dublin Region, as of 2016, was 1,347,359, and the population of the Greater Dublin area was 1,904,806.

Today FM

Radio Ireland Ltd, trading as 100-102 Today FM, is a commercial FM radio station which is available nationally in Ireland.

During his time on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, McLoone produced the show and also co-created and co-wrote the comedy Irish sketch series, Gift Grub , alongside Irish comedian/impersonator, Mario Rosenstock. The pair also participated in sketches either together or separately.

In 2004, after having worked on the Breakfast Show for five years, McLoone resigned from Today FM.

For the next year, McLoone went freelance, working with various TV/radio stations where he produced numerous programs including for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ. McLoone also worked on its two popular radio stations, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm including the RTÉ Radio 1 daytime radio program, Liveline.

In late 2005/early 2006, Tom Dunne, frontman with the Irish band, Something Happens asked McLoone to produce Dunne's own music show on Today FM, "Pet Sounds".

Two years later in August 2008, having hosted "Pet Sounds" for nine years, Dunne quit Today FM to join national independent radio station 'Newstalk'. McLoone switched to radio presenting. At first, his role was intended to last for three months, until a new replacement could be found. However, due to the increasing popularity of McLoone's unnamed show, he replaced Dunne on a permanent basis, and "The Paul McLoone Show" was launched in September 2008.

For the first five years, the show aired from 7pm to 10pm, later 7pm to midnight, and from June 2012, 9pm to midnight.

In an April 2014interview for the Derry Journal, McLoone explained why he's an "accidental radio star". [4]

A regular nominee, McLoone won two PPI Radio Awards in 2012, a gold for Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year, and a bronze for New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programme in his role as organiser and also as the main presenter of the annual Meteor Choice Music Prize awards ceremony held in Dublin, and a silver in the Specialist Music Programme category in both 2013 [5] and 2014. In 2016, he won Silver in the Specialist Music Programme and Gold in Music Special/Music Event Category for his work on the Choice Music Awards Live Special he presented along with fellow Today FM colleague Alison Curtis which was held at Vicar Street in March 2016 .

McLoone's interviewer from In Dublin magazine for Radio Month 2014 introduced him as "one of the most instantly recognisable voices on Ireland's airwaves". [6]


McLoone has been a writer and creative consultant on the Jam Media series Funky Fables, and their BAFTA Drama Award-winning series, Roy (both for CBBC). [7]

McLoone provided the voice of "Baboon", the secondary villain in the Cartoon Saloon-created Irish cartoon series Skunk Fu! which aired from September 2007 to September 2008 and he will return to voice the character Baboon in Castaras, a dark cartoon crossover that is set to air in or around 2016 or later.

Four years after appearing in "Skunk Fu", McLoone also appeared in the Cartoon Saloon animated film, "Moon Man", voicing an unnamed father with the movie itself being released in 2012, based on the 1966 book, "Moon Man" by French artist Tomi Ungerer.

McLoone also appeared in the film, Sunset Heights as Dingo Green. The movie which was released in 2002 was also featured in a Top 100 list for IMDB. [8]

He stars as an aspiring Elvis impersonator in the music video for Cherry Bomb, a song by Irish rock band, The Minutes which was released in March 2014.

The Undertones

After splitting in 1983, the Undertones chose to reform in November 1999 but when original frontman Fergal Sharkey turned down the offer to join the band, McLoone was asked to join the group and accepted, resulting in McLoone becoming the new frontman and lead singer for the Undertones. The band with McLoone at the helm then played their first gig at the Nerve Centre in Derry which took place on November 19, 1999. As such, intermittent live appearances followed including the energetic concert in Termon Hall, Donegal in 2001. McLoone had previously fronted a hotly tipped band with Undertones drummer, Billy Doherty, in the late 80s, which was called the Carrellines. Doherty and McLoone partnered again as producers at their recording studio, Big River Records in Derry, facilitating local punk band Schtum to make several acclaimed singles before their 1995 signup with Columbia/Sony.

McLoone later went on to record two studio albums with the Undertones, Get What You Need (2003) and Dig Yourself Deep (2007). For Record Store Day, 20 April 2013, the band released a new single, "Much Too Late"/ "When It Hurts I Count To Ten". To coincide with the launch in June 2013 of their CD/DVD An Introduction to the Undertones the band undertook a European summer tour. 2016 is the band's fortieth anniversary which is to be celebrated with a slew of live dates, a book by founder member, Michael Bradley, and possibly, record releases.

Since reforming in November 1999, the Undertones have continued to perform regular gigs all over the world with McLoone as the band's new permanent frontman. They also retain a considerable live following at their concerts, which usually take place at weekends around members' day jobs, as McLoone explained for a lengthy 2015 writewyattuk blog interview. Audiences are typically receptive towards McLoone as the band's current frontman. [9]


2002Sunset HeightsDiego GreenCameo.
2012Moon ManFather (voice)Animated movie.
2008 Skunk Fu! Baboon (voice)26 episodes.
Music Video
2014Cherry Bomb The Minutes Unnamed Elvis Impersonator.

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