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Mark Goodier

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Goodier in July 2011
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 temporarily presented the Breakfast Show during 1993. He has also presented shows on BBC Radio 2Classic FM102.2 Smooth Radio and Real Radio, and appeared on BBC television as a recurring presenter of Top of the Pops between 1988 and 1996.

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Early career[edit]

Goodier was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). His family moved to LlanfairfechanWales shortly after he was born, eventually settling in EdinburghScotland when he was 8 years old.[1] 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.[1] 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]

Mark Goodier co-presented the Liz and Mark weekend breakfast show (with Liz Kershaw), 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 Popsalong with several of his 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 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 1993, Radio 1 boss 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 stand in as 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."[2][3][4] Goodier's final show was broadcast on 17 November that year, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the UK Singles Chart.

After BBC Radio 1[edit]

After permanently leaving BBC Radio 1, Mark 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 ScotlandWales 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.[5] He left the station in December 2012 to focus on running his Wisebuddah company.[6]
Goodier is a frequent stand-in on BBC Radio 2 when regular presenters are on leave.[7] From 27 February to 2 July 2016 he presented Pick of the Pops on a temporary basis following the sacking of Tony Blackburn,[8] before Paul Gambaccini took over as the permanent presenter.
In addition, he 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 late 2016, where he was 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 languagemusic station in the Costa del SolSpain, to present a weekly Saturday morning show. He is a Fellow of The Radio Academy.[9]
On 17 November 2016, Mark Goodier suffered a stroke at the age of fifty-five, which prevented him from voicing the television advert(s) for Now That's What I Call Music! 95 (UK).[10]He has since made "an incredible" recovery.[11]

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