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  Mike Raven 

In the Radio 1 studio 1968


At home 1969


Born in London in 1924, Mike Raven was one of the original Radio 1 presenters. His shows established a major influence in bringing Blues and Soul music to a British audience.

After serving as a Lieutenant in WWII, Mike had a variety of jobs including ballet dancer, conjuror and TV executive!

Father of 6 Mike s first broadcasting job was with the BBC, a series of talks, and Womans Hour .

He later joined Radio Atlanta with his show All Systems Go and then Radio KING (which became Radio 390). Here he was programme controller and presented a daily R&B show, one of the highest rated shows on radio, until 1966. His real name is Austin Churton Fairman. He said he adopted the name 'Mike Raven' instead, because he felt his real name was not suitable for a D.J.

Radio Luxembourg was Mike's next career move, presenting a soul show, before joining  Radio One at it's launch, where he presented a successful weekly R&B show which was extended from its original half-hour to two hours. He remained there for four years.

Mike's hobby besides his huge record collection at the time included an interest in the subject of witchcraft, the occult and astrology.  He went on to star in horror films Lust for a Vampire (1970) Crucible of Terror (1972) and I, Monster (1974).

2 years after leaving Radio 1, Mike and his family moved to Cornwall and in 1980 to Bodmin Moor, establishing a successful farm. Mike was a keen sculptor.

Mike Raven passed away in 1997.




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Mike's show in 1968

Introduced by Alan Freeman

Luxembourg, 390 and Radio 1 Theme - Soul Serenade by Mike Cotton Sound

Comments (6)

4/5 (2)
Fairman says...
He is my grandad has to see all the good memories
7th December 2017 10:30pm
Peter Taylor (Sheppey) says...
I still have the letters from Mike at Radio K-I-N-G when he introduced me to R&B and the Blues. He would play and explain the records , e.g. "I Hear Voices" by Screaming Jay Hawkins, and played " I'm a Man" by Bo Diddley for me
7th October 2017 8:07pm
Pammie (Portishead) says...
I remember listening to Mike on a Sunday evening. He introduced me so so much r & b. I loved his show & listened without fail. He opened up a whole new world of music to me.
18th June 2017 9:50pm
Ian (Kent) says...
Like many people,Mike introduced me to the blues. I still remember hearing Mike and Mandy on the pirate stations and then listening to Mike every evening at 7pm. Great times.
20th March 2016 5:32pm
David hay (london) says...
Brought up in Glasgow music stations were limited then radio 1 changed everything mike raven on a Sunday night was never missed I recorded just about everything he played on my reel to reel and still have the recordings great memmouries.
4th April 2015 12:36am
David Bowie (North Kessock) says...
Watch out we go
23rd December 2014 12:13pm
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