Steve Orme has been involved in the media for the past 40 years. Starting as a junior reporter on the Burton Daily Mail, he covered news and sport at a district office in south Derbyshire. He then reported on the paper’s top football club Burton Albion before pursuing his interest in music.
Steve answered an advert in Melody Maker from a fledgling record company looking for new acts. He got the Wolverhampton group Fable signed to Magnet Records and this led to a job in the company’s press and promotions department.
Later Steve freelanced for the New Musical Express and became chief sub-editor on the music paper Record Mirror before returning to the East Midlands and becoming a freelance journalist.
Work followed on BBC local radio, national radio and regional television. At that time Steve took a massive interest in basketball, commentating on radio and working on both Channel 4 and Sky’s basketball programmes. He also wrote and published Chasing A Dream, a book about the history of basketball in Derby.
Now Steve continues to write for the media in all its forms. He wrote the script for The Shakespeare Enigma, a television documentary about the Shakespeare authorship controversy; is the Midlands reporter for the British Theatre Guide website, reviewing productions and writing a weekly news page about Midlands theatre; contributes to American photography magazine Rangefinder and was a runner-up in the Alibi TV Search for a New Crime Writer Competition 2011. His entry Running Into Trouble can be read here.
Steve wrote a panto for staff at BBC TV’s East Midlands Today to perform on Children in Need night 2010 and now has several projects he is working on including a murder mystery which is expected to be staged by the Marlowe Players.
Country Images magazine has commissioned Steve to pen articles on celebrities including Robin Cousins; Derbyshire actress Gwen Taylor; Hayley Mills; ex-BBC weatherman and singer Des Coleman; and Barry Cryer.