Born 1951 in Manchester (where his father Les played
football for United in the forties), Mike Read had his first crack at show
business as a singer in clubs around the City. He later moved South and
whilst commentating on cricket match in Surrey, someone suggested he should
put his voice to use as a disc jockey.
Eventually he became presenter on the local Thames Valley
Radio station., and soon after moved to RTL Radio Luxembourg. He joined
Radio 1 late
1978 as host of a Saturday night 8-10pm show
playing 'new wave' type records broadcast from his
His later (Jan 1981) Radio 1 breakfast show is well remembered for his
amusing impressions of Radio 1 disc-jockeys as he read out the day's
In January 1984 he famously
took the single 'Relax' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood off the air half-way
through, because of the records' sexual inferences. This led to a BBC
airplay ban (except for on the Top 40 show). The record became number 1 in
the UK Charts!
In 1977 he helped launch the
'Guinness British Hit
Singles' book with Tim and Jo Rice. A keen tennis player and friend of Cliff
Richard, Mike has won ten National Broadcaster of the Year awards.
the Radio 1 breakfast show for over five years, until April 1986.
On British television, Mike Read presented
Pop Quiz, Saturday Superstore and of course Top of the Pops. He left Radio 1
He was soon heard on
London's local station Capital Gold, as well as national station
Mike reported to UK newspapers in Sept 2002 that he
planned to marry interior designer Eileen Johnston in 2003.
Mike has written the music,
lyrics and/or book, for 6 stage musicals including Great Expectations and A
Christmas Carol. He has had many songs recorded by major artists such as
Cliff Richard, Don McLean, David Essex. In 2004 he presented on Magic Radio 999.
January 2004 found Mike Read taking part in the popular
ITV reality jungle show I m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! with nine
other UK celebrities including singers John Lydon and Peter Andre. He was first to be voted out of the charity
money raising show after eight days in the Australian outback. Mike said he
was disappointed that he had not carried out a 'Bushtucker Trial'.
From 2005 he was heard on the newly
launched Radio London (Big L) an AM, internet and satellite radio station.
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December 1978 mp3(n.b. poor quality)
Talking to Dave Lee Travis in
South Shields 1980 MP3
Introducing Racey at South
Shields - 1980 MP3
With Smiley Miley 1980
MP3 (over 2 minutes long)
guitar on his show in 1983 64kbps
Name Jingle (Jam)
The following 3 jingles are by unknown artistes
275 and 285 National Radio 1
Jingle - sung by Rock-olas
Mention for Janice & John's NY Eve Party
1985 or '86
The following 9 clips are taken from Mike Read's breakfast
show broadcast Easter Monday 1986.
All Mp3 32kbps
Mike's 'First Love'
feature (2.5 mins)
Joking about Gary Davies
trailer (1.5 mins)
Playing 'Crest of a
Wave' for listener (1.5 mins)
Dogs for Shoreham OAP's &
Wembley trailer (2 mins)
What's on Radio 1
Roger Lewis impression
Mike wins Michael
Jackson! (1 min)
Mike Read 'won't steal
your toast' song (0.5 min)
End of Show (1986)
to his oldies show Aug 1988
of the Form
Trail (April 1989)
for Alan Freeman Pick of the Pops 24.11.91
Presenting the Golden Hour
Presenting the Golden
Teddy Bear Picnic
Trailer possibly 1991
'Singled Out' jingle
Mike's last Radio 1 show 1992
(Low Quality 3.5 mins)
'Smashy & Nicey' 2001