Go ahead, punk, make my night!

A PUBLIC relations firm boss is swapping press releases for record releases.

Keith Newman is taking on the role of DJ for a new radio station based in Bedlington and will host a show playing new wave and punk hits.

Keith, of Morpeth’s Highlights PR, has already secured an interview with Ramones drummer Marky Ramone for his Ultra Radio show.

Keith’s weekly show will feature tracks by bands such as the Stranglers, the Clash and the Damned.

Another interview he already has under his belt for the show is with Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns.

Keith said: “I’ve been a Ramones fan since the late 1970s, and to actually get to meet Marky was a fantastic privilege.

“He was very professional and gave me advice on how to manage my radio show, as well as an insight into life as a Ramone.”

Further interviews have been arranged with Jarrow band Crashed Out and ex-Penetration vocalist Pauline Murray.

Keith’s show, called New Wave with Newman, can be heard on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm, starting on June 9, two days after Ultra Radio starts broadcasting to listeners in south east Northumberland on 87.7FM for a four-week trial period.

The Ramones’ biggest British hits were Sheena is a Punk Rocker in 1977 and a cover version of the Ronettes’ Baby, I Love You three years later.

Formed in New York in 1974, they split up in 1996.

Station director Simon Ferson said: “Keith is so enthusiastic about his genre of music, and that passion will shine through to our local listeners on FM and worldwide on the internet.”