Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

All the Best: Stephen Clements

We ask local personalities what are their most favourite things

Stephen Clements and daughter Poppy

The 40-year-old presents the Breakfast Show on Citybeat on weekday mornings. He lives in Newtownards with his wife Natasha and daughter Poppy (3)

My best moment

It's a cliche but my best moment was when Poppy was born. It felt overwhelmingly huge to me but the midwives weren't that fussed. Then again they do see about 20 births a day. I didn't know why everyone in the room didn't stop and make a huge fuss.

She was born with no problems. As you get older and live through more things all the cliches get more pertinent – as long as the baby has 10 fingers and 10 toes then you're happy.

My best way to relax

I do love taking the dog for a walk down to the beach or up to the forest where it's totally silent. I turn my phone off and just think of nothing and enjoy the quiet.

My best gift

My dog, Cheeky. She's a wee dolly mixture that my wife gave me from The Dogs Trust about seven years ago. She's the one I go out walking with.

My best song

Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson. I'm a massive fan of his anyway, but the first time I heard it I loved the sentiment and his amazing voice. I wish he could have listened to his own advice.

My best job

I had lots of jobs before I was on the radio, although this what I always wanted to do. I have a background in sales but this is my best job simply because it doesn't feel like a job. I used to haul myself out of bed at 7.30am to go to work but now I bounce out of it at 4.45am. My aim was always to get a breakfast show in Belfast and it's everything I thought it would be. It's next to impossible to get the right amount of sleep, though – you find yourself starting to fade at about 4pm.

My best bit of advice

It comes from my dad and it's simply "Dry them and get on with it", as in dry your eyes and get on with it. That was his mantra and it means stop feeling sorry for yourself and just get on with things.

My best achievement

I think it's where I've got to so far. I got married and settled down and for a long time I wasn't. Getting this job was a big achievement too.

My best buy

A donut-shaped iPod speaker dock. It was one of the first ones out and the sound is brilliant. It's dated now but at the time it was very trendy and on the ball.

My best movie

I love a few films, such as When Harry Met Sally, but Seven is the only film I've seen where my reaction was exactly the same as what was going on on screen. I wasn't able to suss the ending before it happened so it was a big shock to me and I really enjoyed that. I now have it on DVD and watch it all the time.

My best book

I don't read as much as I used to – it's mostly on holiday now. There's an Anthony Robins book called the Power To Shape Your Destiny that I would have read quite a lot and go back to every now and again. I'm a big fan of the Jack Reacher books, and the last book I read was The Gruffalo, which I read about 20 times in a week to Poppy.

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