Mike has been one of the mainstays of our Saturday Sport programme since joining HRR in 2008 but has a long and varied broadcasting career behind him. He started out at Scunthorpe Hospital Radio in the late 1970s/early 1980s where he presented a variety of shows and was also Publicity Officer. Between his two bouts of voluntary service with hospital stations he was lucky enough to work in BBC Local Radio presentation throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s, and did some work for the BBC World Service and Regional News too. At BBC Radio Humberside, he presented a range of programmes including the Saturday and Sunday Breakfast shows, weekday drivetime and weeknight sport as well as film reviews for most of the 1980s. He was also “the voice” on many promotional trailers (“You can pay with your credit or debit card….thank you for helping Children in Need” and that sort of thing! )
When not on HRR : Mike also used to teach Media Studies in Further Education but he now works in customer services and in his spare time is a very keen Open University student, with qualifications in Government & Politics, History and Sociology.
Musical memories ? Mike says “I can’t quite recall the golden days of the pirate stations. My earliest memories include: Ed Stewart on Junior Choice; Sport On Two (in the days when BBC radio sports output was on Radio 2 1500 metres long wave); Late Night Extra; Two-Way Family Favourites. I was bitten by the radio bug early – I remember being a member of the weekly postal voting panel (no phone votes in those days!) for Radio Two Top Tunes in the early 1970s. Listeners like me voted for their favourite songs each week, and instrumental arrangements of the songs were played on Saturday nights by Norrie Paramor and the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra and Neil Richardson and the Northern Radio Orchestra. I can’t remember which record I bought first personally, but the first ones bought for me by my parents were in 1968 – Little Arrows by Leapy Lee and the Eurovision party perennial, Congratulations by Cliff Richard” .
Mike has wide-ranging tastes from the 1950s to the present day. As he says “I tend to like singer/songwriter melodic pop/rock , but I also like soul/disco, folk, country, classical and easy listening. I have loads of favourite singers/songs. Probably my favourite artist is Judie Tzuke. My favourite records include I’d Really Love to See You Tonight by England Dan & John Ford Coley, You Can Do Magic by America, We Were Meant to be Lovers by Photoglo, and Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band (a natural one for me, seeing as I presented a show in Scunthorpe called Afternoon Delight!)”
Broadcasting heroes ? Mike still listens to lots of radio – in particular, evening specialist music programmes on Radio 2, Radio 5 “especially the sport”, Smooth Radio and Classic FM. Among the many broadcasters he has admired and learned from over the years are Terry Wogan, David Hamilton, Ray Moore, John Dunn, Simon Bates, Paul Gambaccini and Bob Harris.
Not Many People Know That ……. Mike is a fan of 1970s and 80s American TV cop shows – particularly The Rockford Files and Hill Street Blues. He says “I’m not sure that I allow myself the luxury of ambitions nowadays, (editor’s note : that’s a relief – he seems to have done it all already!) but it’s a real privilege to be involved with our station and your station, Hospital Radio Reading”