Mark Goodier (born 28 June
1961) is a British radio disc
Goodier was born in Zimbabwe.
moved to the UK when he was a child, eventually settling in
educated at George Heriot's School, in Edinburgh.
He became a mobile DJ
Edinburgh and then joined local station Radio Forth
at the age of 19. 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 very successful
15 year stint with the station, starting with a 2 hour Saturday
Goodier co-presented the "Liz
Mark" weekend breakfast show, and he quickly progressed to a
drivetime slot. He created The Evening Session
between 1990 and 1993. During this period, he also presented the UK
chart countdown on Sunday
evenings and was also an established host on Top Of The
along with his Radio 1 colleagues.
Many great bands and artists recorded sessions for Mark at the
BBC's Maida Vale Studios, some of which became released, including
in 1992, some of the recordings for Nirvana
ended up on their "odds-and-sods"
reached the top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic and achieved
Platinum status in America.
When Simon Mayo
left the breakfast show
in 1993, the Radio 1 boss, Matthew
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 and early 1994. 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, Wise
(a play on Budweiser
). He spent his final two
years at Radio 1 only presenting the Top 40 show, before leaving
the station entirely in 2002 due to falling audiences and BBC
bosses considering him "too old for the job." Goodier's final show
was broadcast on November 17
which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK singles
After Radio 1
After leaving Radio 1, Goodier went on to present the Emap
-produced Smash Hits
, which competed with Radio 1's official chart and
. 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
. He was a frequent stand-in on
BBC Radio 2
when regular presenters were
April 1, 2006, his new
Real Top 40 shows began on the Real
Radio network in Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire.
Each show reflected sales and airplay for
Mark Goodier is featured in a podcast
promoting the "Top of the Pops" boxset
alongside Miles Leonard, Malcolm McClaren and David Hepworth.
He is a Fellow of The Radio Academy
In March 2007, Goodier joined the newly relaunched Smooth Radio
in London, where he now
presents the weekday mid-morning show from 10am-1pm, his first
daily show in a decade. Since September 2007, his show has been
networked on other Smooth Radio stations in the UK, apart from 100.4
Smooth Radio in the North West.
In addition, he is still much in demand as a voiceover artist for
adverts which promote new CDs, in particular the Now That's What I Call Music!
series, of which he has been "the voice" since 1992.
- "… Radio 1 denied he has been fired because of falling listener
figures, saying his contract is coming to an end."
- "… station bosses want to replace him with someone younger, who
will be more in tune with its target audience of 15 to
- "Mark Goodier is leaving Radio 1's weekly chart show after 15
years because he is considered too old for the job."
- The Radio Academy "Fellows"