Tim Stevens MBE

Tim Stevens - better known to his many fans and listeners as Tiger Tim - is one of the most popular broadcasters in the history of Scottish radio, a legendary figure at Radio Clyde for well over three decades.

A colourful and often controversial presenter, Tiger Tim's humorous approach to life and broadcasting has attracted a huge following for the man who was born James Gerard Dickson McGrory in Glasgow's notoriously tough East End.

A natural exhibitionist, Tiger Tim's often outrageous antics have seen police forces called out, daughters warned off, and managers tearing their hair out.

Nursing youthful ambitions to be a pop star, Tiger Tim's aspirations took a different path when the pirate station Radio Scotland opened up a whole new world of pop music to Scottish youngsters.
By the age of 18, Tim had already made a name for himself on the Glasgow club scene, deejaying at some of the city's leading nightspots, while holding down a daytime job as an apprentice electrician for British Rail.

His first TV appearance was as a contestant on TV's popular The Sky's The Limit programme - when he wore a top-hat, a tiger waistcoat, a kilt and frock court, set off with a pair of dirty black wellington boots! Sometime later he was charged by police for possessing an offensive weapon when, during a stage show impersonation of Alice Cooper, he decapitated a (dead) chicken.

Tim's first broadcasting job was with Radio Clyde in the early 70s. After a successful stint with the station he departed to become a pop singer, subsequently making several recordings. Later he was head-hunted by BBC Radio One to work as a presenter and, in a classic case of self-destruction, he blew the opportunity. After a short stint with West Sound Radio in the 80s he returned to Clyde, remaining with the station until just two years ago. Tim also presented The Untied Shoelaces Show, a popular kids series for BBC TV Scotland, in 1982.

In 1987 Tiger Tim was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which is a neurological condition of the  brain and spinal cord, affecting muscle control, vision, balance and causing fatigue, loss of sensation or numbness. it affects the control of muscles by causing them to go into spasm.  26 years later. Refusing to give in, he has campaigned vigorously for research into MS, raising much needed funds.

Awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2006, Tiger Tim has continued with his charity work, helping raise much-needed funds for Greenburn School in East Kilbride, which helps children with support needs.

Tim has been busy remastering a new album, and a TV documentary about his life and work is currently in production. There are also plans for a benefit concert, and a new autobiography.

Chris White
Music Journalist


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