At school Fairclough's First interest in the media took place. After hearing Piccadilly Radio's Breakaway programme, he sent in a letter to be a guest dj. At the age of 13 he made his first appearance 'on air ' on 20th Novemeber 1977. The show was hosted by Judith Weymont & Tim Lyons.
The following year, he appeared on Granada Television on a children's new programme called What's New. This was produced by John Huntley, who at the time was also one of the main presenter of Granada Reports. What's New used to air just before Crossroads at 5.15pm. At the audition for the show, Granada recorded the programmes opening titles, so for the duration of the show Fairclough appeared on every episode sitting at a typewriter
After years of in-store radio working for Radio Top Shop via a company called Airplay. Paul was approached by ex Topshop presenter Kevin Howard, who at this time was programme controller at Marcher Sound in Wrexham.Fairclough took on various swing shifts including sport for the Gold and Coast services. He even did swing on the FM station MFM. He progressed to presenting weekend breakfast shows for Marcher Gold & Coast as a split service.
Two years after joining Marcher, Paul was approached by Simon Wynne to work nearer to home for Fortune 1458 based in Trafford Park Manchester. Paul undertook a regular Saturday night and Sunday morning show, together with swing work deputising for all the presenter on the station.
Over the pennines Fairclough travelled to join Magic 828 in Leeds. Again Paul did a number of swing shifts for the station. Giving him a chance to work for Emap at the most successful of their Magic brand stations.