Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Mike Read Interview ~ Cliff The Musical…..
Mike Read’s professional broadcasting career began in March 1976 at Reading’s Radio 210, where he co-hosted a show with Steve Wright, before joining Radio Luxembourg late in 1977.
He joined BBC Radio 1 at the end of 1978 and was soon presenting the night time programme before John Peel’s show, where he championed new groups and featured live sessions.
Nevertheless, Belfield went to meet him….
He took over The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Monday 5 January 1981, a spot notable for his on-air decision in 1984 not to play the Frankie Goes to Hollywood single “Relax” due to supposedly obscene lyrics.
Halfway through a broadcast of the song, Read lifted the needle on the track, denounced the lyrics as “obscene” and refused to play it again.
Mike launched ‘Cliff the Musical’ at the Prince of Edward theatre in the West End. It was truly one of the most awful productions in history, it didn’t last long!
From 1 November 2010, Read returned to Big L with a daily show from 8.00am-12.00pm Monday-Friday. He has hosted a daytime show on Total Star in Gloucestershire continuously since 2008.
From July 2011, he hosted the Golden Hour on More Radio (Swindon & Wiltshire), formerly Total Star Wiltshire.
Since April 2012, Read can be heard on Magic 1548 in the North of England, where he presents their Weekend Breakfast show, on Saturdays & Sundays 7.00am-10.00am. He also presents the afternoon show Monday to Friday on BBC Radio Berkshire between 1.30pm and 4.00pm.
Recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.