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|Born||Wesley Paul Butters
4 May 1979
|Occupation||Writer and broadcaster|
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.
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 and 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.
In February 2003 Butters took over as host of The Radio 1 Chart Show on BBC Radio 1, and the programme was 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 February 2005 Butters left Radio 1 and the chart show underwent 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 podcasting company using presenters 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, which he had 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 Butters 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
Manager Simon Jordan invited Wes to join BBC Radio 7 in May 2009 as one of the station's continuity announcers. He remained after its revamp to BBC Radio 4 Extra, where he continues to introduce a range of classic comedy and drama from the BBC's archive.
BBC Radio Leeds
In October 2011, Wes was announced as BBC Radio Leeds' new mid-morning presenter. The programme contains an hour's phone in, daily 'real life story' consumer issues and interviews. In October 2014, Wes announced he was leaving 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, Jacques Peretti's 50 Years of Bad Sex 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.)
- He has a daughter whom both of his books are dedicated to.
- He has a long term girlfriend who also works in the radio industry.
- He suffers from colitis and often speaks of the condition to help raise awareness and 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 1
chart show presenter
9 February 2003 – 30 January 2005
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