Mark Page joined the celebrations as BBC Radio One celebrated its fiftieth birthday this week. The only Teessider to have been a DJ in the station’s half century of national broadcasting, partied in London with former radio colleagues including Mike Read, Gary Davies and Simon Bates this weekend.
Page hit the national headlines when he was scooped up to join Radio One, having made a success of the Radio Tees breakfast show for five years, producing record audience figures in the first decade of commercial radio. Across four years in the late eighties, he primarily hosted the national station’s Friday afternoon and weekend breakfast shows. As well as filling in on the Radio One breakfast show and on daily shows for Gary Davies and Steve Wright, he also presented programmes like Saturday Live, the Radio One Celebrity Pop Quiz, his own music documentary series City to City.
Since then the Middlesbrough F.C. announcer has appeared on over forty radio stations around the world and won several awards including the Sony Gold for Britain’s best breakfast show and the New York international Radio Festival gold medal for best radio comedy show.
Mark says it was a privilege working on a national stage for four years. “It was great to be broadcasting on Radio One when it was really so popular. I not only broadcast from London but my work took me all over the country doing live radio shows and roadshows.
Radio aside, I was also able to exert a bit of Teesside influence and get the Radio One football team to play a match at Ayresome Park and to get the Radio One roadshow to appear locally, with a hugely successful turnout at Seaton Carew. It then became a fixture on the annual roadshow tour dates.”
Page met up with the man who signed him up, former controller Johnny Beerling, who also pioneered the Radio One roadshows, as well as Voice of the X-Factor, Peter Dickson. Page and Dickson used to feature each week on the Steve Wright show and number one artists from the seventies and eighties, Kiki Dee and Roy Wood.
Whilst Middlesbrough-born Page is the only local DJ on Radio One, Sedgefield-born Peter Bowes, is the only newsreader. Peter hosted Newsbeat in the early nineties and was newsreader and posse member on the Steve Wright Show. He is now a BBC North America correspondent based in Los Angeles.
Photo: Teesside’s Mark Page celebrates with former Radio 1 colleague Mike Read.