Mickeys Monkey was a short lived radio show on BBC Radio Foyle in Derry hosted by Michael Bradley, then ex member of The Undertones who had called it a day in 1983. The show started in July 1986 and ran for 6 months before Mickey moved on to host a series ‘But Is It Art?’ for BBC Radio Ulster. The first guests were That Petrol Emotion just as Manic Pop Thrill was released and other interviewees included Ben E King (The Drifters), Michael Schenker (Scorpions) and Stuart Adamson (Big Country) all of whom played in Derry during that time.
It came about when I returned to Derry in 1985 and the boss of Radio Foyle at the time, Joe Mahon, saw me in reception while I was waiting to see a producer called Maureen Gallagher. I was kind of hoping to do something on radio, as I had nothing else to do but attend the Tech in Derry. Maureen showed me how to operate a desk and a tape recorder and Joe Mahon obviously thought it would be worth giving me a wee show as I was a former Undertone. I enjoyed it a lot, although it was nerve shredding as I had to operate the desk and the whole show was live.
Mickey went on to host the Friday night edition of ‘Across The Line’ on BBC Radio Ulster. Mickey’s current show ‘After Midnight‘ is transmitted on BBC Radio Ulster on Thursdays at midnight and can be heard for 7 days online. Read his playlists and blog here.
Mickey’s Monkey (Intro) (1986)