Fancy waking up with Dalton? It’s goodbye football, hello breakfast show for BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Scott

Scott Dalton with breakfast reporter Leigh Milner (left) and sports correspondent Su Whitaker.
Scott Dalton with breakfast reporter Leigh Milner (left) and sports correspondent Su Whitaker.

He’s ridden a rollercoaster with royalty, lost all his clothes on the job and predicted World Cup results using a psychic seal.

But now Scott Dalton could become the man you wake up with every morning.

Scott Dalton with David Newton.

Scott Dalton with David Newton.

That’s because the larger-than-life Boston boy has landed the top job on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

On Monday, 37-year-old Dalton will wake up to a 4am alarm call to begin his first day as the Breakfast Show host.

“We’ll still be doing the news and all the things people will expect their local radio station to do. But we will also have a lot of fun,” promised the DJ, who cites the full English as his own breakfast of choice.

Dalton is no stranger to Yellowbelly life, the former Tower Road and Kitwood Boys pupil having lived almost all of his life in the county.

This week he replaced popular host Rod Whiting.

But taking over the station’s flagship show – from a man who has been as much of a fixture at the county’s breakfast tables as jam and toast for almost eight years – isn’t what daunts Dalton most.

“I’m thrilled to follow in the footsteps of some fantastic people,” he added.

“But it means some ridiculously early starts.”

Dalton began his career in journalism with the Boston Standard as a 16-year-old cub reporter and is arguably best known as the voice of Boston United.

But to daytime listeners, Dalton is an up-for-anything roving reporter.

One bizarre memory came when covering the fire which ravaged a Kirton tyre depot.

“There was asbestos in the building and it was thought there was contamination,” he explained. “The emergency services rolled up with this tent which was meant to be used in case of a terrorist attack or major incident.

“I had to take all my clothes off and go through this bizarre thing with showers in it. They destroyed all my clothes and I’m still not convinced it was neccessary.”

Dalton has covered major court cases, interviewed Lotto millionnaires, attempted to predict football scores with Skegness’ Sammy the Psychic Seal and even chatted to the Duke of Kent while the pair shared a rollercoaster at Fantasy Island.

But Monday will see a new challenge on his plate.

Saturday’s home match against Brackley Town will be Dalton’s final commentary on the Pilgrims.

His coverage of their 2002 promotion at Hayes won him a bronze Sony Award.

The memorable line “goodbye Conference, hello Football League” is now played to visitors at Manchester’s National Football Museum.