Mike’s career started in 1969 in the Starlight Room at Southport’s Kingsway Casino. Resident DJ Baby Bob Stewart, about to start at Radio Luxembourg, had offered Mike his job out of the blue. Music policy at the Kingsway was rare soul and R ‘n’ B, which suited Mike’s record collection just fine. He was only 17, and he shared the spot with Ormskirk DJ Phil Sawyer.
Two years later, music policy at the Kingsway became more mainstream. Mike moved to a more intimate Southport venue, the Nest Club, owned by local bookie Alec Morris. At the time Mike had changed his musical allegiance to street funk. He was the first Southport DJ to play James Brown, Bobby Byrd and the JBs. Mike only lasted a few months at the Nest. Wages were meagre and he now had a wife to support.
In 1970 Mike met Dave Kay (also affectionately known in Liverpool clubland as 'Dave the Rave') who, along with Jeff Hartley, ran a successful mobile disco road show. It was called “Radio Doom Good Guys”, and Mike wanted a piece of the action. Mike and Phil Sawyer started off at Radio Doom as Northern Soul dancers! Then Jeff quit, and Mike took over as DJ in 1972. The job at Radio Doom lasted six years.