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Mike Smith
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Mike is Pure Gold UK's Station Manager and has always been involved in the radio communication world, starting his interests in electronics when he was about 8 years old.


He loved hearing the pirate ships in the 60s and found himself becoming a radio communications engineer for a big utility company, maintaining a wide range of radio transmission equipment.

He has a very wide range of music appreciation and can often be found hosting discos, parties and karaokes around the local area of Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Mike presents 'Pure Gold Goes Country' on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and The 80s and 90s Show on Sundays at 5pm.

Mari Buckley

Mari grew up in Sale and Wilmslow in Greater Manchester. She became involved with Radio HBS in Manchester for a short time in the 1970s.


Her voice may be familiar as she presents weekend shows on Chorley Hospital Radio and her face may also be familiar as she has appeared on various television game shows over the years.


Mari currently presents lunchtimes (11am-1pm) on Thursdays and Fridays. Mari also presents a Saturday night disco spectacular.

Mark Foster

Mark started his radio journey on Dudley Hospital Radio back in 1990 after a chance conversation in the pub.


This led to spells producing and presenting at Xtra AM, BRMB, BBC WM, Heart FM, Capital Gold, Classic Gold plus three community radio stations.


He thought his journey was complete, until he discovered the delights of Pure Gold UK.


Mark really does have radio in his blood.


You can catch Mark on Sundays from 12pm-2pm playing 60s and 70s music.

Nigel Bateman

Nige has been on the radio for over 30 years and has been involved in that time with hospital and community radio and has also worked in production for Radio City in Liverpool.


Nige has also been nominated for a Sony Award in Commercial Production.


Nigels interest in music is reflected in his shows with 60s, 70s, easy listening, Northern Soul, novelty songs and lots of songs we all know and love but you don't hear on the radio any more.


You can catch Nige on a Sunday from 2pm-5pm, a Monday from 12pm-2pm and a Wednesday from 2pm-4pm.

Dave Brassington

Dave started his radio journey with Forces Radio in Gibraltar. These days he spends time in the studio creating his own competitions and features.

He has spent most of his life in Cheshire and is now retired. To pay the mortgage he worked as an Engineer for Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover (Never did get a company car) and also photographed Classic Motor Sport throughout Europe.

For Dave, it’s all about the music… playing those tracks that get you tapping your feet and nodding your head without you realising it, regardless of genre, tempo, style, or release date.  Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself tapping your feet or singing into the hairbrush.

Dave presents his show on a Monday and Friday 8pm-9pm

DJ Sonny J

Sonny J. worked as an intern at WMEX and WCOP in the Boston Mass, USA radio market in the early 60’s.  


He is a graduate of Columbia Broadcasting School, University Of Maryland and while serving in the U.S. Army was assigned to work as an on-air personality for Armed Forces and Radio and Television Service while being stationed in Germany in the 60's and 70's.


He organized and ran  The  Summer Concert series in his home town  for 5 years and is now the station manager for WLPZ 95.1 /


He Is a former member of the well- known band “The Western Starliters” and was the founding member and manager  of the “ Golden Road Band “ and has been performing for many years as both a DJ and a musician. ” The Western Starliters ” had opened for several national artists such as Charlie Pride and Dotty West.


He plays guitar when he can and enjoys spending time with his family and has several hobbies.

Sonny J is on air Mondays 6pm - 8pm and Thursdays 7pm-9pm.

Barry Davies
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Barry's love for music started at a young age. At 9 years old his parents bought him a record player with a microphone and two flashing lights in the speakers.


From this, Barry went on to work as a mobile DJ working at a number of pubs, clubs and hotels all over the UK, providing entertainment, not only for the public, but working along side some of the big names in the music industry.


Barry worked in later years for the Solid Gold Entertainment agency and became the resident DJ at Patshull Park Hotel where he entertained 1000's of people during his 12 years there.


 Barry also took to radio in 2009 and has worked on many radio stations playing his fabulous 50's & 60's Sunday Show every Sunday at 7pm

Sarah Speller

Sarah is our our brand new presenter here at Pure Gold UK, residing in Shropshire, but broadcasting to the world.


First and foremost, She is a musician and she plays a huge selection of musical instruments. Being self taught in all, it became a bit of an obsession, but music really does make her world go round. She believes that music heals us and changes our outlook on life.


She is also a mobile DJ and loves a good party or wedding. A disco isn't a disco without a full dance floor. She absolutely loves the odd bit of gardening. She has 2 allotments that she loves spending time at, but even there, she can guarantee that she is plugged into music somewhere. If it be radio, her all time favourite play list or one of her many instruments.


She has listened to Pure Gold UK for 3 years, since the day it started and the station really means everything to her. She is looking forward to welcoming all our listeners old and new to her brand new show, Wednesday evenings, 5 until 7 Let's have a dance to the 60s, 70s and 80s together.

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