Michael “Mike” Richards was born in St Albans Herts in 1947 and spent his first years in South Wales with his elder brother and paternal grandparents.
He attended school in Muswell Hill, North London where his contemporaries were Dave and Ray Davies with Pete Quaife all later of The Kinks and a couple of years above him was none other than Rod Stewart.
A further school pal was Phil Harris who played lead guitar with the seventies band Ace (of “How Long” fame). Dave Davies’s influence made Mike a huge Duane Eddy fan at the age of eleven and in 1975 he formed The Duane Eddy Circle replacing the defunct fan club dropped by RCA Records. The Duane Eddy Circle has now been in existence for some 35 years and has held a sell-out annual convention in London for the past 32 years. Duane has become a much valued friend of long standing.
With all this musical involvement you might consider Mike’s career to be in show business…Not the case! His professional career was as a civil servant working for the most part in The Employment Service (now known as Jobcentre Plus) where he was Jobcentre Manager in major East Midlands locations: Derby, Leicester, Corby, Northampton and Lincoln. He spent six years looking after Employment Ministers needs when they were on East Midlands business and was also Regional Press/Marketing Manager for East Midlands and East Anglia.
He has however, some considerable experience of broadcasting on radio and television in both his last role and as a part time presenter firstly in Watford Hospitals Radio (WHBS), Radio Nene Valley (Northampton), BBC Radio Northampton, Trent FM Derby before being invited to join Lincoln City Radio in the autumn of 1996 by founder Ray Drury.
Mike is married with four daughters and three grandchildren and lives just outside Lincoln whilst no longer competing he was a keen footballer and long distance runner.