4 May 1979 |
|Occupation||Writer and broadcaster|
Early life 
Butters attended Buile Hill High School in Salford, and studied at the University of Salford between 1995 and 1997 where he gained a National Diploma in Design & Media Communications, followed by a BA (Hons) Radio between 1997 and 1998.
Radio career 
On joining AA Roadwatch he shortened his name to Wes Butters. After a year presenting traffic and travel bulletins on local North West radio stations plus periods on 96.5 Radio Wave (Blackpool), Wish FM (Wigan) and Century 105, he was offered the evening show on Century 106 in Nottingham. He left the station in 2000 to move to Newcastle as Head of Music and mid-morning presenter for Galaxy North East.
Radio 1 
In December 2002, following extensive speculation in the press and online, it was announced that Butters would be taking over as host of The Radio 1 Chart Show on BBC Radio 1 in February 2003, now renamed The Official Chart Show with Wes. A change in the show's format led to greater coverage of top-selling albums and an end to the need for every entry in the Top 40 singles chart to be played.
In November 2004 it was revealed that Butters would leave Radio 1 the following February and the chart would undergo further changes to its format.
After Radio 1 
Soon after his final chart rundown on 30 January 2005 the press announced the launch of podshows.com, a joint venture by Butters and fellow broadcaster Daryl Denham. It was the world's first professional pod-casting company using names such as Tony Blackburn, Paul Gambaccini, Gary Davies and Terry Christian to record tailor-made programmes for MP3 players.
This coincided with the release of his Crazy Frog record (that he'd premiered on an early breakfast show the previous November). Under the guise of Pondlife the record went in at Number 11 and remained in the UK Top 40 for 5 weeks.
In October 2005 it was revealed that Butters had agreed a deal with Galaxy and returned to the airwaves at Galaxy Manchester, winning a Silver Sony award for Best Breakfast Show and an Arqiva nomination for Best UK Presenter in 2006.
In May 2007 he was voted North West England Presenter of the Year in the radio industry magazine X-Trax.
It was announced in June 2007 that Wes had "had enough of early starts" and that he wanted more time to focus on his other projects. Keen to keep him on the station he agreed with Galaxy to do a short afternoon show but in April 2008 he revealed that he would leave the group completely.
Radio 4 Extra 
As of May 2009, Butters is a continuity announcer on digital speech network, BBC Radio 4 Extra where he introduces a range of classic comedy and drama from the BBC's archive.
BBC Radio Leeds 
The Mid Morning show on BBC Radio Leeds
Television and writing 
Butters has appeared on many TV programmes including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Top of the Pops, Liquid News, Celebrity Fame Academy, Record of the Year and BBC television news, in addition to a range of children's programmes.
He has written for The Guardian newspaper and his first book came out in October 2008 (Kenneth Williams Unseen, HarperCollins). He also wrote the acclaimed two-part documentary The Pain of Laughter - The Last Days of Kenneth Williams for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in April 2008, which is available on his website.
His second book is entitled Whatshisname, The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey and on its release was the number one best selling biography on Amazon. (After it had also been the number one pre-ordered biography.)
According to BBC Radio 7's website, Wes is adapting his Hawtrey biography for a TV film and is currently writing a biography of 1960's playwright Joe Orton.
Personal Life 
- He lives with his girlfriend in what he describes as "a leafy part of Salford."
- He has a daughter whom both of his books are dedicated to.
- He suffers from colitis and often helps to raise awareness of the condition to help his "fellow sufferers."
- He is a fan of Laurel & Hardy, the Carry On films, and Elton John.
- He has appeared in Love Actually, Shameless, and a Matt Goss video.
- He studied for his National Diploma in media at the same University building as Peter Kay and Christopher Eccleston.
- He admitted on his Real Radio show that he owns Freddie Mercury's leather peaked cap, sold to him by friends of DJ Kenny Everett.
|BBC Radio One
chart show presenter
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