Radio legend Mike Read, who started his broadcasting career 40 years ago, visited the headquarters of leisure services group Praesepe in Milton Keynes, last Thursday (27th October), for a special guest appearance on the group’s customer radio station Jackpot FM.
The station broadcasts across the group’s eight Beacon Bingo clubs, 145 Cashino adult gaming centres and several family entertainment centres throughout the country, where it is listened to by thousands of people every day.
During the broadcast, the listeners went back through time and heard Mike Read talk about the highlights of his career. He also praised customers and staff for their charity efforts, raising over £500,000 to CHIPS, a charity founded by the UK gaming industry.
CHIPS charity aims to improve the lives of children and young people who suffer mobility problems and have complex health needs, by providing them with specialised custom built powered wheelchairs.
Earlier this year, Cashino and Beacon Bingo reached the important landmark of presenting 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since they began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.
Talking about his visit, Mike Read said: “Radio is a big part of my life so it’s always a pleasure to be on air, this time with Jackpot FM – the team is absolutely great. I was aware that the staff and customers have made remarkable efforts to raise money for charity so I couldn’t miss the chance to thank them personally.”
Chris Drake, Head of Interactive for Praesepe, added: “Once in a while Jackpot FM invites radio legends to come and visit for a day. There’s no doubt that Mike’s work shaped British radio history and it’s a great pleasure to have him broadcast with us, from Milton Keynes.”
Mike Read started his career in 1976 at Reading’s Radio 210, where he co-hosted a show with Steve Wright named ‘Read and Wright’, before he joined Radio Luxembourg in 1977. He joined Radio 1 in 1978, where he worked for 13 years. In the 80’s, Read was host of the Saturday morning children’s show ‘Saturday Superstore’ and the music panel game ‘Pop Quiz’. He is currently producing and presenting Tin Pan Alley TV – a ten week song writing series running on Showbiz TV (Sky 266) on Sunday evenings.