Like many people, he started his proper radio career in hospital radio in 1976, with the award-winning Kidderminster Hospital Radio – unpaid of course. He went on to work at AA Roadwatch in the late 80s, with a spell at Metro Travel and Trafficlink, in their “flying eye” traffic plane. Mike was born in Sutton Park Road, Kidderminster, and went to Franche County Primary School and King Charles 1st Grammar School, Kidderminster.
His first job was as a Saturday salesman at Curry’s in Vicar Street Kidderminster, and after that he worked in The Midland Bank in Stourbridge, and then back to the well-known electrical retailer, to become manager of the Leominster store – he lived in Moreton on Lugg at this time. He made an early start in radio. At the age of six, he was using his brother Paul’s reel-to-reel tape recorder to put on “shows” from the bedroom, with an extension speaker cable down to Mum and Dad in the kitchen below.
A spell of “pirate” radio in South Shropshire (Sunshine Radio) took him on to radio stations in the Black Country area. Beacon Shropshire (where he was the first sales controller) and then to Nice n ‘ Easy Radio WABC doing afternoons and then to breakfast.
After this, it was on to the afternoon show on Saga 106.6fm in the East Midlands, (when David Hamilton moved to Primetime) and then onto presenting a breakfast show on Saga 105.7fm West Midlands. He continued there for a few months when the station rebranded and then moved to BBC Local Radio in 2007.