Carol’s ‘Close Up’ with Rock Chick,Musician,Cake Eater that is Radio Presenter Heather McCallum!


Carol Bridgestock

Heather Mcallum Radio Presenter


       Rock Chick/Musician


 I  love spending time with the lovely Heather McCallum. Heather  is always a bundle of fun and never without a smile, that lights up any room, the moment she walk in. Now she is usually the one to be interviewing us so come on and let’s find out together more about her…


Hello my Lovely! :-) Now, tell all our followers a little about yourself? 

I’m a 29 year old presenter/musician born and bred on the Isle of Wight! I live with my other half Ross and pet fish called Bob.  

My Bob will be thrilled! :-)

What are you working on now?

Well, I have recently relocated to the North! So I am currently working as a freelance radio presenter but also taking a little bit of time to check out my new home. After spending some time with you guys I have also started writing a book! After hearing Bob saying anybody can give it a go, I decided to do just that! I am pretty sure no one will want to read it but it’s great setting myself a new challenge!

Hey, don’t say that. How many shades of grey is it did you say? :-)  

Share something with me that nobody else knows about Heather.

I think at least one person knows pretty much everything about me! A lot of my close friends know how partial I am to cake….. well my first word was cake! If only it had been lettuce or something healthier, I would never need to count those calories!

And let me tell you at this point that Heather McCallum is a enviable size 10 at the most. You’d never guess cake even passed her lips!

Who would you like/or do share a cup of coffee and a natter with?

This is really hard… there are so many people I would like to sit and natter to. I am always up for a coffee and a natter with anyone, well within reason. Ha ha! If it was a famous person… I reckon Dave Grohl would be a good one. I think he would have some amazing stories but, although ultimately I would love to have a conversation with Ricky Gervais. A few years ago I got completely addicted to his podcasts and again I think he would have some brilliant stories to share.

How do you relax?

Hmmm… Eating cake? I would like to say running but I usually have to push myself out of the door to go on a run! I Love watching films and socialising with my blooming wonderful friends and family. After a stressful day, there’s nothing better than catching up with one of my buddies over a glass of wine.

If you won the lottery what would you spend it on?

I don’t think I could even try and answer this. It used to be a running joke with all of my colleagues. We used to play the euromillions every week and would spend at least half the day talking about what to do with it all! I seem to remember we all googled the car we would like to have and one of us even went as far as starting to order one ha! ha! I think my number one choice would be a ticket around the world, oh and a supermarket sweep, type challenge in Harrods! I would go to the bed section and order myself the biggest bed there and of course a Jacuzzi!

Girl after my own heart, I love anything with the Harrods label on it! Bob says they could sell me a piece of coal and I’d ‘love’ it.  

Are you a savoury or sweets girl?

Well as you know I do love a bit of cake but if I am honest… I LIKE ALL FOOD! Do you know what I really like? A good buffet! There’s always a good mixture of savoury and sweet, you can’t go wrong!

What do you have in your handbag right now?

It’s funny you ask this because I did an interview with an American Psychologist for the show. This Psychologist used to work with people by asking what they had in their handbag. She asked me to look through mine and I had a piece of bread in there, along with a shell, a couple of pennies, fruit pastilles and copious amounts of receipts. I think she decided I was a total scatterbrain!

What’s your earliest memory?

I think my earliest memory has to be on one Christmas eve, I really don’t know how old I was, but I do remember getting out of bed at about three in the morning and running in and waking my big brother up asking ‘has he been yet?’ I don’t think my brother was too impressed.

What’s your favourite smell?

I know its a little clichéd, but I really do love the smell of cut grass in the summer. In fact I love the smell of summer in general, I can’t really explain it but you know what I mean. Oh and Chanel Coco mademoiselle!

What was the last thing you laughed & cried at?

Well I like to have good laugh at least once a day… but the other night I watched the new Ricky Gervais show ‘Derek’, I both laughed and cried during a single episode!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given or best advice you’d give?

Don’t let yourself hold you back. You know those doubts or negative thoughts that we all torture ourselves with sometimes? Well I was asked by a friend once… ‘Would you ever say those things to someone else to hurt them?’ and the answer of course is no. I really took that on board and always try to think positively.

 What’s your favourite band/film/book as a child or as an adult or both?

OK here we go! Neil Young & Blondie, I loved both these as a child and as an adult too, I could go on and list 100 bands and artists more but I won’t bore you. My favourite film at the moment is ‘Drive’ and I am a bit of an old romantic, so I loved the twilight saga books. Oh, and of course your books too! I am looking forward to ‘White Lilies’ the next instalment in the Dylan series!

The prized possession valued above all others Ok, well; it would have to be my phone. I know that sounds terrible but I’m not sure I would be able to survive without it. I read books on there, write, record and catch up with what’s going on in the world; I really do love a bit of technology.

The unqualified regret you wish you could amend?

I try not to have regrets, what’s happened has happened and there is nothing you can do to erase it so move on and learn from it – that’s what I try to tell myself anyway!

How would spend your fantasy 24hrs with no restrictions?

Running up and down the street naked! No… not really, I wouldn’t want to put anyone through that!

The temptation you wish you could resist.


The priority activity if you were the invisible woman for a day.  

I would like to be generally nosey! Wouldn’t it be good to go and spy on the Queen for the day? Or go and look in all those places that are ‘taped off’ to the public for instance at Osborne House. I would definitely like to take a peek in all of those places.

The pet hate that makes your hackles rise?

Rude people! I can’t stand grumpy, rude people. I mean how hard is it to smile? That really grinds my gears. I totally understand if someone is having a bad day, but some people … I’m getting wound up just thinking about it!

The figure from history that you’d like to buy a pie and a pint?

I would like to buy and then throw a pie at the face of Henry VIII. I mean honestly, there’s really no need to go through that many wives!

The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child?

Oh well, again a tricky one… I don’t have any children but I guess if I did… I would have to say, don’t let anybody put you down, or if they do just ignore them and move on. Oh, and honesty really is the best policy!

The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it?

Me commit a crime? But I’m such a good girl!!

The song that means the most to you?

Probably Neil Young’s ‘Don’t let it bring you down’ one of the best songs ever written… have a listen and see what you think.

The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you?

Probably becoming a properly paid musician, I mean most of us have dreamt of becoming a rock star. I still have about a year left; Debbie Harry properly made it when she was thirty so that’s what I judge it on. You never know…


Heather with the Gold Medal we presented her with! :-)

Me in the studio with Hev @ Isle of Wight Radio -

& Bob & Hev clowning around!


 You can follow Heather @!/pages/Heather-Mccallum/154391631382218

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