Haigh was a reporter at BBC Radio Leeds from the early days of the
station, starting in 1969.
was just 19 years old when he got the phone call that would lead
to the scoop of a lifetime...
says: "It was 1972, the Beatles had broken up. I was going
home, it was about 6.30pm, when the phone rang on the newsdesk.
I picked it up and it was somebody ringing in to say they thought
they'd seen Paul McCartney in a Leeds hotel."
a tape recorder, Steve want to the hotel and gave a BBC Radio Leeds
card to a waiter to pass on to Paul McCartney.
his surprise the ex-Beatle came out to meet him.
remembers: "I said 'I can't believe this. How did you come
to be here?'
said 'Well, I'm relaunching myself, Linda and myself have gone back
on the road as a new band called Wings. What else do you want to
McCartney agreed to do an interview and Steve found a quiet room
where he, Paul and Paul's wife Linda McCartney could talk.
to some of the interview here
was the first interview that he had given since the split of the
fab four, and his first public announcement about his new band Wings.
talked openly about the new band and new single and about how unlikely
it was that the Beatles would ever reform.
remembers that the interview caused a storm and brought the radio
station national fame: "It was a world exclusive for Radio
Leeds. It made all the newspapers and the newspapers couldn't get
hold of Paul McCartney and so the articles everywhere quoted the
interview from Radio Leeds."
Haigh will be reporting on Glastonbury
2003 for BBC Somerset Sound and BBC Radio Bristol.