Mark Goodier

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Goodier in July 2011

Mark Goodier (born 9 June 1961) is a British radio disc jockey.

Early career[edit]

Mark Goodier was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). His family moved to the UK when he was a child, eventually settling in Scotland.[1] He was educated at George Heriot's School, in Edinburgh. He became a mobile DJ in Edinburgh and then joined a local Free Radio Station (Telstar) where his radio career began. Afterwards went on to join a local station Radio Forth at the age of 19.[1] After progressing through several jobs at stations in Scotland including Radio Clyde in Glasgow and at Metro Radio in the North East of England, he joined BBC Radio 1 in 1987, beginning a 15-year stint with the station, beginning with a two-hour Saturday night show.

Radio 1[edit]

Goodier co-presented the Liz & Mark weekend breakfast show (with Liz Kershaw), and he quickly progressed to a drivetime slot. He created The Evening Session and hosted between 1990 and 1993. During this period, he also presented the UK Top 40 chart countdown on Sunday evenings and was also an established host on Top of the Pops along several of his Radio 1 colleagues.

Many acclaimed bands and artists recorded sessions for Goodier at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, some of which were commercially released. In 1992, Nirvana's "odds-and-sods" release, Incesticide, featured several songs recorded for Goodier's BBC show. The album reached the top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic and achieved Platinum status in America. A further session recording was "Something in the Way", released on the 2011 edition of Nevermind.

When Simon Mayo left The Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 1993, Radio 1 boss Matthew Bannister approached Steve Wright to take over the slot. Wright said that he would not do so immediately after Mayo, and Bannister asked Goodier to stand in as host for four months in late 1993 and early 1994. He then shifted to afternoons, then back to his old drivetime slot in 1995. In the same year, he returned to the chart show after Bruno Brookes left the station.

In 1997, Goodier took on a Saturday and Sunday morning slot after quitting daily radio to establish his production company, Wise Buddah (a play on Budweiser). He spent his final two years at Radio 1 only presenting the Top 40 show, before leaving the station entirely in 2002 due to falling audiences and BBC bosses considering him "too old for the job."[2][3][4] Goodier's final show was broadcast on 17 November that year, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the UK singles chart.

After Radio 1[edit]

After leaving Radio 1, Goodier presented the Emap-produced Smash Hits Chart, which competed with Radio 1's official chart and hit40uk. The Smash Hits Chart finished in March 2006, when Emap also began to broadcast the hit40uk chart show across their Big City Network of stations. He also presented the Classical Chart for Classic FM. He was a frequent stand-in on BBC Radio 2 when regular presenters were on leave.

On 1 April 2006, his new Real Top 40 shows began on the Real Radio network in Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire. Each show reflected sales and airplay for that area.

Mark Goodier is featured in a podcast promoting the "Top of the Pops" boxset alongside Miles Leonard, Malcolm McLaren and David Hepworth.

In March 2007, Goodier joined the newly relaunched Smooth Radio in London, as presenter of the weekday mid-morning show from 10am-1pm, his first daily show in a decade.[5] He left the station in December 2012 to focus on his company 'Wise Buddah'.[6] He provided cover on BBC Radio 2 for the last weeks of December 2012[7] and November 2013.

In addition, he is still a voiceover artist for adverts which promote new CDs, in particular the Now That's What I Call Music! series, of which he has been "the voice" since Now 21 which was released in 1992. He has also hosted the Blackpool Illuminations Switch on Concert for two years on Real Radio and Smooth Radio. In June 2012, Goodier joined Spectrum FM, the English language music station in the Costa del Sol, Spain, to present a weekly Saturday morning show.

He is a Fellow of The Radio Academy.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weatherall, Robert (6 January 2008). "Ask: Mark Goodier". Sunday Sun. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "… Radio 1 denied he has been fired because of falling listener figures, saying his contract is coming to an end.""DJ Goodier leaves Radio 1". Entertainment News (BBC). 15 August 2002. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "… station bosses want to replace him with someone younger, who will be more in tune with its target audience of 15 to 24-year-olds." Day, Julia (15 August 2005). "Countdown begins for Goodier's departure". Media Guardian (The Guardian). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Mark Goodier is leaving Radio 1's weekly chart show after 15 years because he is considered too old for the job." Gray, Chris (16 August 2002). "Goodier drops out of the charts". Media section (The Independent). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (23 August 2007). "Goodier Smooth show will be networked". Media Guardian (The Guardian). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Presenter Mark Goodier leaves Smooth Radio". Radio Today. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mark Goodier joins Radio 2 for Christmas". Radio Today. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  8. ^ The Radio Academy "Fellows"

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Preceded by
Simon Mayo
BBC Radio 1
Breakfast Show presenter

1993
Succeeded by
Steve Wright
Preceded by
Bruno Brookes
BBC Radio 1
chart show presenter

30 September 1990 – 1 March 1992
Succeeded by
Bruno Brookes
Preceded by
Bruno Brookes
BBC Radio 1
chart show presenter

23 April 1995 – 17 November 2002
Succeeded by
Wes Butters