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Mike Read

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The Mike Read Breakfast Show

Mike’s professional broadcasting career began in March 1976 at Reading’s Radio 210, where he co-hosted a slot with Steve Wright – entitled Read and Wright – before joining Radio Luxembourg late in 1977. Mike joined Radio 1 in November 1978 and was soon presenting the night-time programme before the slot fronted by John Peel. Mike regularly championed new groups and featured live sessions. On 5 January 1981, Mike took over Radio 1 Breakfast.

Mike Read has won ten National Broadcaster of the Year Awards, an International Music award, and was awarded the coveted Gold Badge of Merit for his special contribution to Britain’s music industry. A household name in Britain for forty years having fronted three top-rated long-running BBC TV series, Top of the Pops, Pop Quiz & Saturday Superstore and three national radio breakfast shows, including Radio One and Classic FM. He features regularly on the re-runs of Top of the Pops on BBC Four

Mike was created a Knight of Malta in 2011. As Chairman of the British Plaque Trust he also devised and spearheaded the 50 Blue Plaques to music icons for BBC Music Day in 2017.  During 2018 he has expanded the Blue Plaque scheme into the Commonwealth including Barbados and Malta. Mike is also an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, founder of the Rupert Brooke Museum & Society, and was Chairman of the Lords and Commons Entertainment Committee for several years.
A best-selling author, he has had more than forty books published,  Mike has written  several film scripts, had eight musicals staged and penned songs for over forty major artists including Cliff Richard, The Bee Gees, Marc Almond, Boy George, Gene Pitney, Don McLean, Brian Wilson, Barry & Robin Gibb, Donovan, David Essex, Steve Harley, Peter Andre, Colin Blunstone, Justin Hayward and many others.
Mike has had several chart hits, twice topped the Independent singles chart and won the TV Theme of the Year Award.
He has played himself in such perennial TV favourites as Only Fools and Horses and Midsomer Murders and has interviewed several visiting American Icons for major stage productions.
As well as interviewing 100s of major artists on his live TV show, Mike has also presented for and worked with most of the Royal Family, including HM the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, The Princess of Wales & The Princess Royal.

In 2020 Mike created the world’s first Heritage Chart which has been a phenomenal success on the radio.
From August 2021 Mike has hosted the breakfast show on 365 Radio from Monday to Friday 7am – 10am