Musician, broadcaster, podcaster, writer, Noel Gallagher’s mentor, DJ and tea party host. There’s not much Clint Boon hasn’t done.
Now, he’s announced he will be stepping away from broadcasting after 28 years behind a microphone.
The XS Manchester radio host revealed the news on his drivetime show and social media channels this afternoon, which soon evoked an outpouring of love from listeners and colleagues alike.
Clint said it was ‘100% my own decision’ after the last seven years at the Spinningfields station, and that his final show will be on Friday 22 December.
In a statement, the Oldham-born presenter said: “After 28 years of being a radio presenter (the last 20 years doing five and six days a week), I’ve decided to step away from this amazing thing to focus on some of the other stuff going on in my life.
“My work in the world of radio has given me a sense of stability and security which I’ve never experienced in any other aspect of my career.”
Clint’s broadcasting career began in the late 1990s at the old Century FM, before stints at Revolution Radio in Oldham, XFM, BBC Radio Manchester and finally XS Manchester.
He continued: “There’s every chance I’ll be back on the radio at some point in the future. But for now, thank you all for the wonderful support you’ve given myself and all the radio teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.”
Last year, Clint reunited with his band Inspiral Carpets for the band’s first tour in 10 years, which subsequently took them to shows in Australia. He is also busy helping his wife Charlie with the Mrs Boon’s Tea Party events, and has plans to set up a separate Boon Army Events project.
He said this was one of the contributing factors for stepping away. Clint added: “The Inspiral Carpets being back in action is obviously a big thing for me now. We’ll carry on gigging (and maybe writing new material) into 2024 and beyond.”
Fans took to social media to wish Clint well in the future. Chef Simon Wood said: “Good luck my friend, it’s been a please every time I’ve been on t’radio with you.”
Former BBC Introducing present Michelle Hussey added: “So much amazing work to be proud of, really happy for you and for what sounds like a brilliant new chapter xxx.”
Another wrote: “Gonna miss you, Clint. Thanks for the many years of entertainment, best of luck.” You can hear Clint Boon on XS Manchester drivetime every weekday from 4pm.