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Claire Hamilton covers the best of scouse culture, arts and lifestyle, helping you decide how to spend your evening. Tune in every weekday from 5pm to 7pm on BBC Radio Merseyside.
With Capital of Culture around the corner, the 'drive time' programme gives you all your arts, culture and lifestyle features with big name guests as well as up-and-coming stars. There's live music in the studio every Friday and we'll keep you up to speed with what you might have missed during the day. We've got ideas on what to do when you're not at work, whether it be eating out, watching movies, or going to gigs. We'll be telling you what's on where you live, and making sure you don't miss anything that could make your social life more exciting!
As a small child Claire wanted to be Margaret Thatcher, then a ballerina and then Joan Jett. Sadly (or happily) these career options never quite panned out, so she opted for journalism instead.
Claire came to Liverpool ten years ago to study politics and fell in love with the city.
After graduating, she worked in a series of jobs - using her touch typing skills as a receptionist, switchboard operator and freelance journalist. After passing her driving test at the seventh attempt and completing a course in Broadcast journalism, she joined the BBC.
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Working as a reporter in Manchester during the Commonwealth Games and interviewing Sir Paul McCartney at the concert for George Harrison at the Liverpool Empire are among her career highlights. She has also dressed in a bee keepers suit and learned morris dancing.
Claire began presenting Merseyside Tonight on BBC Radio Merseyside in 2004, a year in which the area witnessed the murder of hostage Ken Bigley, the Boris Johnson debacle, the death of a Pope and the election of another - not to mention Liverpool's Champions League victory.
Her passion for music means she can often be found hanging around in the north west's music venues watching bands and wishing she'd concentrated harder when learning the drums at school.
Tune in to Claire Hamilton, weekdays 5pm to 7pm on BBC Radio Merseyside.
last updated: 24/09/07