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We quiz Pamela Ballantine on the time of her life

Q. What was your favourite decade?

A. Probably the end of the 70s when I started working in Downtown Radio, and the 1980s.

Q. What was life like then?

A. I was very shy growing up and when I went to a school in England for a year in the mid-1970s I found a completely new life which gave me the confidence to embrace more things. Downtown Radio had only been going for three years when I started and they sent me to study broadcasting in London in 1982. I learned a lot and it helped me move briefly to BBC Radio Ulster and then UTV.

Q. What music were you listening to?

A. I went to loads of gigs while working in DTR. I've great memories of Slane with Thin Lizzy, Bruce Springsteen in Wembley, partying with The Police and Squeeze backstage at Leixlip. I listened to everything, but I am a huge Bon Jovi fan.

Q. And the style?

A. What can I say? I loved my ra-ra skirts, I had a fab pair of black velvet knickerbockers with gold pinstripes and matching gold lurex jacket.

Q. What was better?

A. Professionally it is not so easy for people to move into different careers. I was a qualified private secretary who was lucky to be in the right place at the right time with people who believed in me.

  • Pamela Ballantine is a broadcaster and a Belfast Telegraph columnist

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