captured by cartoonist Paul Richards at the controls of
BBC Radio Oxford's early consol.
his athletics days at Crystal Palace trying to jump the
magic 2 metres... and failing - but it was close!! He
ended his career with a personal best of 1.97 metres /
just under 6'6".
publicity shot for the Radio Times when he
started the country show at BBC Radio Oxford.
about it! DJ collapses live on air - not ideal but
fantastic publicity for Fox FM!
Paris while covering a France v Scotland international.
Amazingly there was a gap of 40 years between seeing his
first Scottish victory on foreign soil (in 1971) and the
second in 2011!
modern radio studio at Radio Borders than the one at the
top of the page.
Independent Radio Advertising Awards
Winner - Best Use of Music in Advert
1993 - Sony
Winner - Best UK Station, Fox FM
British Country Music Awards
Winner - Services To Country Music
German Country Music Awards
Winner - Best Overseas Country Music DJ
2001 - Texas
USA Country Music Awards
Winner - Best Overseas Country Music DJ
2002 - CMA
Winner - Best Overseas Country Music DJ
European Country Music Awards
Winner - European Music Promoter of the Year
British Country Music Awards
Nominee - Best British Single: Invisible Lines
Scottish Press Awards
Wnner - Innovation of the Year for
"The Scotsman Rugby Show"
2014 - Bauer
Nominee - Innovation of the Year for "Borders
Railway - From Start To Finish"
Stuart Cameron Biography.
Born in Edinburgh in 1961, his early days were spent in
the Scottish capital where he was educated at Trinity
Academy. Stuart was
eight when he was introduced to
rugby. While at Trinity in 1968 scrum half Gordon
Connell was capped for Scotland.
Connell dropped a goal on his debut against England and Stuart went to Murrayfield to watch him do it. Sadly
England won 8-6.
Stuart was hooked on rugby from that day. His father
took him every Saturday to a school game in the morning
and a club game in the afternoon. He bought him an
autograph book and started collecting. His first signing
was Scotland full back Colin Blakie, one of many capped
by Heriot's. His second was Scotland's number 7, Rodger
Arneil, and his meeting with Rodger would change his
"Rodger was selected to play for Scotland against
France in Paris in
1969 and I remember writing to him to see if he would
get me the programme from the match," recalls Stuart.
"My dad sent a postal order to cover costs. A few
days later the money was returned accompanied by a nice
letter from him saying that he would happily get me a
programme and that he would get it signed by both the
Scottish and French players!
"You can imagine what impact that had on me and true to
his word he sent me the signed programme, and he also
gave me the leather-bound programme presentation cover
given to players, and enclosed his fully autographed
team sheet from when he played for the British Lions in
1968. Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Mike Gibson, they were
all there! I could not believe it. What a kind gesture
from the man. I have never forgotten this and I often
tell the players of today never to underestimate the
influence they have on youngsters." To cap it off
Scotland won that day and they had to wait 26 years
before they won in Paris again!
Stuart played rugby for Abingdon School in Oxfordshire,
after moving down South with his parents in 1970. He would have loved to have
played in Scotland but it was never to be. He played
full back - the position of his hero Andy Irvine,
another Heriot's and Scotland No. 15 - but had to retire at
the age of 15 for medical reasons. He was born blind in
his right eye
- a rare condition called
Coats' Disease. It wasn't a problem
to him except he would never know what watching a 3D film
was like! When
the left eye became long sighted it became an issue.
His best day on a pitch was when he played for
his school, against Magdalen College, Oxford,
and scored four tries. The school team was very
successful winning most of their matches.
By that time he was finding success as a
High Jumper. His older sister Marjorie, like most girls,
was a horse lover and when the two of them went on
holidays in Suffolk to relatives they would spend time pretending to be
show jumping horses, making fences out of dustbins and
bamboo sticks. This led to Marjorie representing
Oxfordshire at the English Schools Athletics
Championships, finishing 7th, while Stuart went on to
represent the county and came 2nd in the Under 15
English Championships. He jumped at Meadowbank
Stadium in the Scottish Championships as a 13 year old
and won the Under 15 event, returning a year later to
successfully defend his title against the 13 year old
World Record holder, Ross Hepburn. Stuart went on
to break the National League Under 17 record with a
personal best of 1.97 metres (just under 6'6")
at Crystal Palace representing Oxford City A.C. He was
also the very first British 13 year old to clear the 6
foot barrier at the event and still holds the Under 17
Oxford City A.C. record 37 years on!
didn't grow taller than 1.78m/5'10" and when he stepped
up to senior level, he was at a huge disadvantage,
giving away sometimes up to eight inches in height to
competitors. He retired at 17 but his success brought him into contact with
the media. He became athletics correspondent for the
Oxford Mail and spent hours putting together rankings
lists and giving unprecedented coverage to the local
athletics scene. By this time he was also covering
the sport for BBC Radio Oxford as well as football and
rugby, and he would soon break into music broadcasting
leaving Abingdon School at 15 he went to the Berkshire
College of Art and Design in Reading and Maidenhead. He
was fascinated by printing ever since his mum bought him
a typewriter. He would spend school holidays at local
printing presses learning the trade and helping out, and with his
bedroom turned into a radio studio Stuart was always
going to be involved in the media! Every week he would
produce his own in-house magazine, which became a
glorified diary as well as covering entertainment and
He worked on
the country music show on Radio Oxford for two years
helping presenter Graham Rowe with interviews and
features and became involved in the country music scene. When Graham died
at a tragically young age in his 30s Stuart was asked to
take over the country music show as an 18 year old and
from there did more shows including regular mid-morning
programmes. He also worked with "Whispering" Bob Harris
for two years at BBC Radio Oxford and he was to become a big
influence on him, as were Martin Stanford (now at Sky News),
Garry Richardson (BBC Sport) and Timmy Mallet
(Children's TV icon) who all worked at the radio
promoting shows at the Apollo Theatre in Oxford and the
Abbey Hall in Abingdon, organising and hosting the
Oxford Country Music Festivals. He put on big name acts including Bernard
Manning, Showaddywaddy, The Blues Brothers and several
60s and 70s events, plus a number of "Teenage
Rampage" concerts presenting Boyzone, 911, Peter Andre
and many others. He would also sing with his band
on several of the events and of course enjoyed the buzz of
being on stage
in front of 2000 screaming teenagers!
founded a successful printing company, Quick Print, to
run alongside Ghost Entertainments, his music agency. After a year at
Thomas Leach Printers in Abingdon, he moved to Oxford's
to work in their Design Studio for 12 months, often seeing the larger-than-life
boss Robert Maxwell
come into the work place and order everyone about!
From there he was invited to join Oxford City Football
Club, whose team he had been covering for BBC Radio
Oxford for two years. He became their Promotions Manager. While he was there the
legendary Sir Bobby Moore took over as Head Coach with
his assistant, Harry Redknapp. Interesting times indeed!
self-employed in 1980 and
specialised in printing Order of Services for all the
funeral companies in the area. It was a good business to
be in and was successful until such time as computers
made it possible for people to print their own thanks to
desktop publishing. That marked the end of his
involvement with the printing trade although the skills
he learned stood him in good stead for the future.
broadcasting regularly with the BBC and was still involved with
music in a big way. In 1989 he joined Fox FM, the new
commercial station for Oxfordshire, and was with them
for six years presenting the country show, the overnight
Gold Fox programme and the Saturday Sports Programme.
It was there that he made the front pages of the local
news (and the inside pages of many of the national
tabloids) when he collapsed in the middle of the
night on one of his shows, resulting in 40 minutes of
dead air. Burning the candle at both ends has a way of
catching up with you!
After the initial concern from the bosses at Fox FM,
loved the publicity they received from that dramatic event!
Stuart's milkman friend Marcus Buck came to the rescue
after hearing the "Sound of Silence" at 4am during his
rounds and the rest, as they say, is history!
meant that a computer took over the overnight show and
the country music programme was axed. Stuart freelanced
for a number of radio stations after leaving Fox FM
including Radio Caroline, Apple FM, Kick FM and QCMR, a
new 24-hour country music station broadcasting on
satellite. It was a new venture which lasted two years
before going bust but it was a fantastic place to work.
He particularly enjoyed the fact that all the presenters
were music experts who had 100% control of the music
they played rather than having computers to programme
the music which is largely what happens now.
would morph eventually into CMR Nashville
with owner Lee Williams finally getting the format to
work and it has now turned into a very successful
radio station which broadcasts throughout the world.
Stuart has been presenting shows for them ever since.
In 1998 Stuart founded
Hotdisc, a company set up to promote country music acts
all over the world. The idea was simple - produce a
monthly CD, send it to country music DJs all over the
world and provide feedback for his clients.
Helping talented acts get airplay was a popular one and Hotdisc is still going strong. The
CMA (Country Music Association) awarded him with the
prestigious Overseas Award for Services to Country Music in 2002, and further awards would follow from the UK and
European country music industry.
and songwriting would continue with various projects covered in more depth on the Music page,
but in 2000 Stuart returned to Scotland to get back into rugby in a big way and
immerse himself in the Scottish Borders. He formed
Scottish Rugby Radio and then Borders
Rugby Television as well as freelancing for BBC Radio
Scotland, Radio Borders, Southern Reporter,
The Rugby Paper and The
Scotsman. He went on to cover Scotland games for TalkSPORT,
Britain's only 24 hour sports radio station, and has
broadcast for Sky Sports Television. In 2011 he went out to the Rugby World Cup for
TalkSPORT in New Zealand,
covering the Scottish team's campaign and in 2013 began
producing and presenting regular rugby bulletins for
ITV Border. In 2014 his production of a 17-part
rugby television show for The Scotsman newspaper
won "Innovation Of The Year" at the Scottish Press
Awards, the 'Oscars' of the newspaper industry in
producer he has completed a six series
project documenting the return of the Railway to the
Scottish Borders. "Borders Railway - From Start To
Finish" which is now available in an 8-DVD box set
which includes the film "The Story Of The Borders
Railway." The series and movie features
presenter Paul Brownlee in front of the camera while
Stuart handled the filming and production. The radio
version was nominated at the Bauer Media Awards in the
"Innovation of the Year" category.
Stuart was contracted by Scottish Rugby to produce and
film a series of 25 programmes documenting the BT
National League Division 1, including commentary and
highlights of a match every weekend throughout the
2016-17 season. He has also been working
closely with Borders College producing a series of
promotional films putting the spotlight on the various
courses covered by the College, including the Armed
Forces, Horse Care, Rugby and Football as well as making
the official film of the Annual Graduation Day.
saw Stuart edit and produce a thrice-weekly one hour
show for Sky TV's new 24 hour country music channel,
"The Hotdisc Top 20" which led to the inaugural Hotdisc
Country Music Awards show.
projects lined up for Stuart in 2017 will be a film
documentary about Jackie Storrar, the Scottish country
music star and radio presenter who sadly lost her battle
with cancer in 2016. Stuart spent time with Jackie and
her friends and family in the last weeks of her life as
she successfully attempted to record one final album
before her passing.