Mark Goodier

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Mark Goodier
Mark Goodier.jpg
Goodier in July 2011
Born (1961-06-09) 9 June 1961 (age 60)
EducationGeorge Heriot's School
OccupationVoice artist
Disc Jockey
Years active1971–present
Known forRadio 1's UK Top 40 (1990 1992– 1995-2002), The Evening Session (1990–1993), Top of the Pops (1988–1996), Now That's What I Call Music! UK
Jackie Goodier
(m. 1985)

Mark Goodier (born 9 June 1961) is a British radio disc jockey who appeared on BBC Radio 1 between 1987 and 2002. He had two spells presenting the station's Top 40 singles chart, from 1990 to 1992 and from 1995 until 2002, and also presented Radio 1 Breakfast during 1993.

Goodier has also presented shows on BBC Radio 2, Classic FM, 102.2 Smooth Radio and Real Radio, and appeared on BBC television as a recurring presenter of Top of the Pops between 1988 and 1996.

Goodier currently presents a morning show on Greatest Hits Radio England at 10am – 1pm (Mon - Fri) and specialist programmes Now! That's What I Call a Chart Show (Sundays 5pm - 7pm) and Greatest Hits Superstars (Fridays 9pm - 10pm, repeated on Sundays from 4pm - 5pm) on Greatest Hits Radio England and Scotland. [1] From 30 March 2020, Mark's morning show is simulcasted across England and Scotland from 10am - 1pm.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Goodier was born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. His family moved to Llanfairfechan, Wales shortly after he was born, eventually settling in Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was 8 years old.[3] 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 he went on to join the local stations Radio Forth and Radio Tay at the age of 19 taking over the Radio Tay Breakfast Beat from Gerry Quinn [3] 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.

BBC Radio 1[edit]

Goodier co-presented the Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show (with Liz Kershaw and Sybil Ruscoe (Liz's stand-in), 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 with several of his BBC 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 Radio 1 Breakfast in 1993, former BBC Radio 1 controller 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 host for four months in late 1993. 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, WiseBuddah. He spent his final two years at Radio 1 only presenting the Top 40 show, before leaving the station entirely in 2002 owing to falling audiences and BBC bosses considering him "too old for the job."[4][5][6] Goodier's final show was broadcast on 17 November that year, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the UK Singles Chart.

Career after BBC Radio 1[edit]

After permanently leaving BBC 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.

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

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 10 am to 1 pm, his first daily show in a decade, and subsequently this show was networked to other Smooth stations and then on the national Smooth service.[7] He left the station in December 2012 to focus on running his Wisebuddah company.[8]

Goodier was a frequent stand-in on BBC Radio 2 when regular presenters are on leave.[9] From 27 February to 2 July 2016 he presented Pick of the Pops on a temporary basis following the dismissal of Tony Blackburn,[10] before Paul Gambaccini took over as the permanent presenter.

In addition, he still is a voiceover artist for television adverts which promote new compact disc-formatted albums, in particular the Now That's What I Call Music! UK series, of which he has been "the voice" since Now 21 in early 1992, along with the exception of Now 95 in November 2016, where he was temporarily replaced by television presenter Matt Edmondson. Goodier has also hosted the annual 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.[11]

On 17 November 2016, Goodier suffered a stroke aged 55, which prevented him from voicing the official television adverts for Now That's What I Call Music! 95 (UK), which were instead voiced by Matt Edmondson.[12] As of November 2020, he has made "an incredible" recovery and is currently broadcasting on Greatest Hits Radio Monday to Friday as well as Sunday.[13]


  1. ^ "Mark Goodier". Greatest Hits Radio.
  2. ^ "Bauer networks more shows across Scotland". 29 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Weatherall, Robert (6 January 2008). "Ask: Mark Goodier". Sunday Sun. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  4. ^ "DJ Goodier leaves Radio 1". BBC News. 15 August 2002. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2009. Radio 1 denied he has been fired because of falling listener figures, saying his contract is coming to an end.
  5. ^ Day, Julia (15 August 2002). "Countdown begins for Goodier's departure". Media Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 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.
  6. ^ Gray, Chris (16 August 2002). "Goodier drops out of the charts". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2009. Mark Goodier is leaving Radio 1's weekly chart show after 15 years because he is considered too old for the job.
  7. ^ Plunkett, John (23 August 2007). "Goodier Smooth show will be networked". Media Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Presenter Mark Goodier leaves Smooth Radio". Radio Today. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Mark Goodier joins Radio 2 for Christmas". Radio Today. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Mark Goodier to present Pick of the Pops". Radio Today. 26 February 2016. Archived from the original on 27 February 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Fellows". The Radio Academy. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  12. ^ "Former Radio 1 DJ Mark Goodier recovering after suffering stroke". ITV News. 18 November 2016. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  13. ^ "DJ Mark Goodier 'recovering well' after stroke". BBC News. 18 November 2016. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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Preceded by
Bruno Brookes
BBC Radio 1
chart show presenter

30 September 1990 – 1 March 1992
Succeeded by
Tommy Vance
Preceded by
Simon Mayo
BBC Radio 1
Breakfast Show Presenter

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

23 April 1995 – 17 November 2002
Succeeded by
Various presenters