Mike Read

Composer and Musician
Born Mar 1, 1947

Michael David Kenneth Read is an English radio disc jockey, writer, journalist and television presenter.

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1947 Birth Read was born 1 March 1947 in Heywood, Lancashire, the only child of a publican. … Read More


1976 29 Years Old Read's professional broadcasting career began in March 1976 at Reading's Radio 210, where he co-hosted a show with Steve Wright - entitled Read and Wright – before joining Radio Luxembourg late in 1977.


1978 31 Years Old He joined Radio 1 in November 1978 and was soon presenting the nighttime programme before John Peel's show, where he championed new groups and featured live sessions.
1981 34 Years Old He took over The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Monday 5 January 1981.
1984 37 Years Old In 1984 he interrupted broadcasting the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song "Relax" owing to its obscene lyrics. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old Following on from his five-year stint on Radio 1's breakfast show, Read took over a Sunday morning show in 1986.


1987 - 1989 3 More Events
1991 44 Years Old 1 More Event
He remained in this slot until 1991.
1992 45 Years Old Also in 1992 he was heard on BBC Radio 2 presenting special shows looking back at Cliff Richard's career and playing his music.
1996 49 Years Old In addition to a daily show on Capital Gold, he joined Classic FM, where he presented a weekend show and had a stint as weekday breakfast presenter starting in March 1996. … Read More


1999 52 Years Old From September 1999, he presented the Breakfast Show on Jazz FM in the north of England, then in 2001 joined Spirit FM in Chichester, initially presenting a Sunday show from 10am to 1pm before moving to a weekday afternoon show from 2pm to 3pm, playing music from various featured years.
2003 56 Years Old Between 2003 and 2004, Read presented a Saturday morning show on the Magic network around the UK.
2005 58 Years Old In May 2005, he became the weekday morning presenter on Big L 1395, a station modelled on the 1960s pirate radio station. … Read More


2008 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2008 he took time out from Big L to present the 3pm-7pm Drivetime show on Hull-based station KCFM for a week (10–14 November) as cover for Shaun Tilley. … Read More
2009 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2009, Read was reported to be part of a team of veteran DJs forming a new radio station One Gold to rival the BBC.
2010 63 Years Old From 1 November 2010, Read returned to Big L with a daily show from 8am-12pm Monday-Friday.
2011 64 Years Old From July 2011, he hosted the Golden Hour on More Radio (Swindon & Wiltshire), formerly Total Star Wiltshire.
2012 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Read was heard on Magic 1548 in the north of England, where he presented their Weekend Breakfast show, on Saturdays & Sundays 7am-10am starting April 2012.
…  In 2014, he appeared in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as himself. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old He also presented the afternoon show Monday to Friday on BBC Radio Berkshire between 1.30pm and 4pm until March 2015 and continued to do certain programmes for the station including a Saturday afternoon show during the summer of 2015.
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