Mark Radcliffe Biography
Mark Radcliffe is an English broadcaster, musician and writer. He was born on 29 June 1958 in Bolton, Lancashire, England.
He was educated at Bolton School and the University of Manchester, where he studied English and American studies and classical civilisation. In July 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Bolton.
Mark Radcliffe’s radio career began in late 1982 at Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a Friday night show called Cures For Insomnia. He later hosted Transmission, an eclectic show playing local and nationally recognised New Wave and Post-Punk bands as well as European avant-garde and electronic music.
He came to prominence as a DJ on BBC Radio 5’s Hit the North in 1990 but also appeared on other shows such as Cult Radio. Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 1 career started in 1983 when he produced sessions at Maida Vale Studios for John Peel’s show. In 1991, he started presenting the one-hour Monday evening show Out on Blue Six. Starting in early 1993, he presented the arts programme The Guest List on Thursdays. Also in 1993, Radcliffe presented Skyman.
His most famous work was as part of the act Mark and Lard on BBC Radio 1. Following Chris Evans’ sudden departure from BBC Radio 1 in early 1997, Radcliffe and Riley were moved to a brief and unsuccessful position on the breakfast show. They were soon moved into the early afternoon slot where they resided for the next seven years. This show was a success and saw them win three Sony Gold awards for Best Daily Music Show.
Radcliffe left Radio 1 in March 2004 and moved to an evening slot on BBC Radio 2 in June of the same year, with Riley moving to BBC Radio 6 Music.
Mark Radcliffe Age
He was born on 29 June 1958 in Bolton, Lancashire, England.
Mark Radcliffe Producer
Radcliffe started his BBC Radio career in 1983, where he worked as a producer, producing sessions for John Peel featuring artists such as Billy Bragg. Radcliffe is a producer of Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show for BBC Radio 4.
Mark Radcliffe Wife
Mark Radcliffe is married with three daughters and became a grandfather in October 2008.
Mark Radcliffe Books
- Reelin’ in the Years: The Soundtrack of a Northern Life
- Thank You for the Days: A Boy’s Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
- Northern Sky
- Showbusiness – The Diary of a Rock’N’Roll Nobody
- Gabriel’s Angel
- Stranger Than Kindness
- Mark Radcliffe Show
- Frank Sidebottom Out of His Head: The Authorised Biography of Chris Sievey
- Show Business
- Seven Ages of Nursing
Mark Radcliffe Awards
- Sony Gold AwardWinner – Music Broadcaster of the Year – 2009
- Sony Gold Award for Music Programming – The Mark Radcliffe Show – 2001
- Sony Gold Award for Best Daytime Music Show – The Mark Radcliffe Show – 1999
- Sony Gold Award for Best Daytime Music Show – The Mark Radcliffe Show – 1998
- Melodymaker Best Radio DJ’s of the Year – The Mark Radcliffe Show – 1998
- NME Best Radio DJ’s of the Year – The Mark Radcliffe Show – 1998
- Out On Blue Six – Sony Gold Award for Best Specialist Music Programming – 1992
Mark Radcliffe Twitter
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Mark Radcliffe Biography Summary
1958: Born in hospital in Bolton.
1963 – 1976: Goes to Bolton School in blazer.
1976 – 1979: Goes to Manchester University doing English and American Studies. Buys book.
1979 – 1983: Works as producer at Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio. Buys Ford Escort.
1983 – 1985: Works as producer at Radio One,London working on magazine programmes, outside broadcasts and John Peel. Buys bomber jacket.
1985 – 1986: Works as Head of Music for Piccadilly Radio. Discovers inherent unsuitability for management roles. Buys Media Guardian every Monday looking for new job.
1. Health Benefits of Apples
2. Health Benefits of Bananas
3. Health Benefits of Honey
4. Health Benefits of Ginger
5. Health Benefits of Garlic
6. Health Benefits of Lemon
7. Health Benefits of Pumpkin
8. Health Benefits of Watermelons
1. 25 Sexual Questions to Ask A Girl
2. 45 Things a Girl Wants But Wont Ask For
3. 10 Things You’re Doing that are Killing Your Kidneys
4. 25 Really Romantic Ideas to Make Your Lover Melt!
5. 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl
6. 19 Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do
7. 20 Things Women Should Never, Ever, Do
8. Top 20 Things Men Should Never, Ever, Do
1986: Joins BBC Manchester to produce Radio One and Two programmes including ‘The Organist Entertains’. Buys Casio keyboard.
1990: Presents Hit The North for BBC Radio 5. Buys chutney.
1991: Presents Out on Blue Six and The Guest List for Radio One. Buys terraced house near Stockport.
1997: Briefly presents Radio One Breakfast Show with Marc Riley. Discovers unsuitability for early shifts.
Buys time. Moves to Radio One afternoon show. Stays for nearly seven years. Wins three Sony Awards. Buys convertible. Makes two ‘smash hit’ albums with The Shirehorses. Publishes memoirs of life in crap bands: “Showbusiness – Diary of a rock ‘n’ roll nobody”.
2004: Joins Radio 2 to host late night show. Receives two Sony nominations. Buys bottle of Night Nurse.
2005: Publishes first novel: “Northern Sky”. Makes three albums with The Family Mahone.
2006: Career highlight as Mark wins “Celebrity Stars in their eyes” with a suspiciously Cornish Shane MacGowan.
2007: Takes pity on Stuart Maconie and agrees to share early evening show. Buys a round.
2009: Publishes best-selling book of memoirs: ‘Thank You For The Days’ and holds hands with Stuart as they frolic the length of Hadrian’s Wall.
Wins yet another Sony Gold Award as he is crowned ‘Best Music Broadcaster’ at a well posh ceremony in that there London.
2010: Forms r’nb band The Big Figures and goes on tour with one of his childhood heroes Wilko Johnson of Dr.Feelgood.
Skips gaily along 100 miles of the Jurassic Coast with that other fella off the radio.
2011: Records first solo album at the age of 53 and publishes yet another book titled ‘Reeling in the Years’ detailing the soundtrack to his half century on God’s good earth. The biopic must surely now be an inevitability. Launches the award-winning* bespoke record show ‘Mark Radcliffe’s Music Club’. Oh, and moves to BBC6records. Remarkably, they don’t seem to have found him out yet.