The Birthday Boy's New Show
Mickey will present his new weekly, two-hour programme The Mickey Bradley Show every Tuesday night from 8pm-10pm, starting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – which also happens to be his birthday.
A life-long music fan, Mickey has bought, borrowed and blagged an enviable amount of records over the years and his new music programme will see him play everything from vintage vinyl through to the best up and coming new talent, from Slade through to Soak.
Born in 1959 in Londonderry, Mickey helped form seminal Derry punk band The Undertones in a tent in 1974. Mickey was bassist in the band with Billy Doherty on drums, brothers John O’Neill on rhythm guitar and Damian O’Neill on lead guitar and Feargal Sharkey later joining as vocalist. Between 1975 and 1983 the band went on to become a pop phenomenon with hits such as Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin and Jimmy Jimmy. The band originally split in 1983 before reforming in 1999 with new singer Paul McLoone and they remain together to this day.
As well as being bassist in The Undertones, Mickey Bradley is a producer on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle and currently co-presents Pure Culture on BBC Radio Foyle every Monday to Friday at 10am and BBC Radio Ulster on Sundays at 12.30pm. Mickey started his BBC broadcasting career in 1986, presenting the music programmes Mickey’s Monkey and The Bottom Line before moving to produce Gerry Anderson in 1989. He also presented After Midnight With Mickey Bradley on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle from 2007-2012 in which he played songs from the punk and new wave era.
The new programme, which will be broadcast weekly from BBC Radio Foyle, will see Mickey delve even further into his record collection which he is looking forward to sharing with listeners.
Mickey says: “I can’t wait to start the new show, a chance to play those rockin’ little records, as Chuck Berry once said. And unlike my last BBC Radio Ulster show, I have thrown off the self-imposed time constraints – so I can play records from this century as well as the last. What have they got in common? They’re all meaty, beaty, big and bouncy - another borrowed phrase.
“The programme will feature the likes of The Who, The Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, The Clash, The Shangri-Las, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Them – as well as the bands who will never have a documentary made about them on BBC Four!”
Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio, BBC Northern Ireland, says: “Mickey has played a vital role in Northern Ireland’s musical legacy and his sheer love of music is infectious. We’re delighted that he’s part of BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle’s specialist music presenting team who are passionate about bringing their knowledge and enjoyment of the music they love to listeners.”
Mickey is married to Elaine Duffy and has four children: Alice, Frank, May and Jim.
The Mickey Bradley Show starts on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle on Tuesday, August 13 at 8pm. 92–95FM & DAB digital radio, digital TV and online at bbc.co.uk/radioulster