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Wayland DJ wakes up Glastonbury

PUBLISHED: 10:33 02 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:46 08 July 2010

A VOLUNTEER broadcaster from Norfolk woke up music-lovers at Glastonbury after beating 1,000 applicants to become a DJ on the festival's own radio station.

A VOLUNTEER broadcaster from Norfolk woke up music-lovers at Glastonbury after beating 1,000 applicants to become a DJ on the festival's own radio station.

Paul Young, a familiar voice to listeners of Wayland Radio, presented this year's first programme on Worthy FM, the only resident station for the iconic music event. He was also handed prime breakfast show slots before the festival ended on Sunday.

The 49-year-old lives in Ashill near Watton, where Wayland's community station has been based since it went on air last summer.

But he said he was thrilled to get the chance to talk to the thousands of revellers who pitched up for Glastonbury this year to watch acts including Stevie Wonder, Muse and Gorillaz.

And as well as getting a backstage pass to rub shoulders with the musicians, Paul said he also had the chance to meet some of the event's many colourful characters.

He said: “It is a real privilege to work on Worthy FM and I feel really fortunate to have been picked.

“It is just great to be part of this atmosphere and I've been meeting all sorts of interesting people. Emily Eavis (one of the festival's organisers) popped in the other day - I didn't interview her, but I did interview Bob Wilson, who is the events organiser for Greenpeace, which has very strong links with the festival.

“It is a unique opportunity and I am enjoying every moment. I have learned so much in the last few days.”

Wayland Radio, broadcasting on 107.3FM, has a team of more than 50 volunteers creating specialist programmes for varying interest groups, including a Portuguese-language programme for the area's migrant community.

Station manager David Hatherly said: “It is a real coup for Wayland Radio to have one of our senior presenters joining professional broadcasters at an international event like Glastonbury. It just proves the standard of our volunteers.”

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