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1980’s Radio One DJ Mike Reid at Basepoint Swindon


Former Radio One DJ Mike Read who regularly attracted 17m listeners to his Radio One show in the 1980’s visited Basepoint Swindon along with Howard Taylor a presenter with More FM a local radio station. More FM were using the breakout area to launch their Kick Start 2012, marketing campaign. Lyn Chapman centre manger commented ‘The event was a great success and attended by many of the centres licensees who were treated to a free Italian buffet lunch and the chance to meet and chat to Mike and Howard’

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 One 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. He was one of the most popular Roadshow presenters during his time at the station and took over the Breakfast Show on Monday 5 January 1981. Read left Radio One in 1991 and moved to Capital Gold presenting his Mike Read Collection, which went out on a Sunday night, before taking on the weekday Drivetime show in mid-1992, where he remained until he left the station in late 1995.