Author Archives: Mike Jones

About Mike Jones

I joined the pioneering community cable station Radio Basildon in 1979 after spells with Orsett and Basildon Hospital Radio. I mover swiftly on to regular shows on Breeze AM and Essex Radio throughout the 90s and I had further spells at Link FM and Time 107.5 FM before joining Phoenix in August 2010. Since February 2013 I've presented Friday's One 2 Three covering every political, art and sport topic going. I'm currently the stadium announcer at Dagenham and Redbridge FC and work for Aston Martin/Jaguar in Brentwood. I'm also a professional voiceover artist and secretary of Thurrock Courts Players where I have won national awards for Directing and Acting. When not doing any of the above I can be found on the golf course or with my granddaughter Ivy.

All about Harry

Last January the lovely Harry came into the studio to sing live and chat about her musical future. Six months later she’s back with her brand new EP and keen to tell Mike all about the music her plans and the future. She also plays two songs live in the studio

You can hear the interview right here

Shenfield Operatic are busy again as they launch their fundraiser next week entitled Let em eat Cake . Ali and Kate Smith called in to chat to Mike about the show

You can hear the interview again here

Let ‘em Eat Cake
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Blackmore Village Hall
Tickets £15
07734 817418 or email

Mike Jones chats to Judo and Superstars Legend Brian Jacks

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Many of our listeners of a certain age will have fond and vivid memories of turning on BBC1 during primetime and watching the top athletes, footballers and boxers of the day taking part in a series of tests in a competition which had more than a passing resemblance to our own schools’ sports days.

They’ll also remember a guy slaying all comers with his unfeasibly high numbers of parallel bar dips and squat thrusts. So we were more than delighted to welcome legendary Superstars champion BRIAN JACKS into the studio today.

Brian was British and European champion in 1979 and British and International champion in 1980. He was, of course, highly successful in his original sport of judo too. Brian won Britain’s first medal at a world championship, taking a bronze in Salt Lake City in 1967, and also gained a bronze mdeal at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

As well as his career, Brian chatted about his biography The Mindset Of A Champion by Marc Gingell (who also visited the studio) and his current tour, which will take him to Blatches Bears Judo Club in Great Dunmow on 2 June and Southend on 13 June.

You can find out more about Brian at his official website here and also read up about his tour – sponsored by Plan Insurance Brokers – here.

No Fingers Crossed – live in the studio

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We were delighted to welcome Swedish duo No Fingers Crossed – Lasse Risberg and Micke Nilsson – to the studio today.

Lasse and Micke have been making music together for over 30 years, but this is the first time they have recorded together under the No Fingers Crossed name. Their musical careers have seen them playing with renowned celebrities such as Lionel Richie, Jon Lord and Paul Carrick along with Swedish musicians including Robert Wells, Jill Jonsson and Carola.

They told us about their careers and also played two songs for us live in the studio, which you can see below:

No Fingers Crossed’s debut album Ten Years Ten Songs is out now. You can find out more about the band at

AD HOC Players -Fifteen Streets

Set in 1910, this is the simple yet evocative story of one family’s fight for physical and moral survival in the poverty and squalor of the dockland slums of Tyneside. At the centre of the tale of tragedy, humour, intrigue and love, is the apparently impossible love affair between rugged docker John O’Brien and Mary Llewellyn, a schoolteacher.

Directed by Wendi Sheard.

Shealagh White who stars in the show came to the studio to talk about the production

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Running and Chatting . Two different Charity Initiatives

Matthew Sweetapple and Mark Halls called in to Phoenix to talk about the 5k Charity race being organised in Raphaels Park on Wed 13 June . The event is looking for serious and fun runners or you can even walk the course. The money raised will go towards First Step a fabulous local charity which help children from Babies upwards with different difficulties. If you would like to enter the race please log onto for further information

First step are at

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Jeanie Hasler is just trying to start a charity which helps teenagers chat to each other online but the site is carefully monitored by adults. In its early stages the idea is proving and providing positive results

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Everything you need to know about Feet and Knees and Back pain

Mike was delighted to welcome Neil McAllister from Kinetic Podiatry who came in to talk about problems you may be having with your posture or your gait or knee joints. A lengthy discussion followed covering all sorts of feet conditions and what to do about them

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As you know Harry’s challenge is a big part of Mikes show and this week Harry has even put pen to paper


With apologies to William Wordsworth

Betty Blue Eyes

Shenfield Operatic latest production is Betty Blue Eyes. Sue Gunn and leading actors Alli and Kate popped in for a chat with Mike

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Alan Bennett’s A Private Function is given the musical comedy treatment in this hilarious and touching tale of 1940s Britain. The country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades but one small community can see a bright spark on the horizon; they are determined to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a banquet. Alongside them, greedy and self-important councillors want to host their own celebration with more than just rationed spam. Enter star of the show, Betty the pig! Betty is being reared illegally for the councillors’ feast, but what will happen to her in the end? Full of eccentric characters, such as sweetly hopeless chiropodist Gilbert and his waspish wife Joyce, Betty Blue Eyes is a delightful story full of delicious, toe-tapping songs and plenty of dancing

Betty Blue EyesWednesday 7th to Saturday 10th February 2018

Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Tickets Weds, Thurs, Sat Mat £18, Fri & Sat Eve £20
Call 07734 817418 or email

The Xmas Factor Album winning song The Beautiful Game composed by Richard Hughes and Darren Clarke got its World premiere on radio during the show

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The Story Of Bart

Bit of a Dickensian theme this week on Mike’s 123. Firstly Queens Theatre are presenting “Fagins Twist ” which gives a whole new meaning to the famous story and is told through dance spoken word and music

Dancer Jemima Brown called in to chate about her role as Oliver

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Simon Hanning sat down one day and read a story about the legendary Lionel Bart. He was so moved that he wrote a musical about the man despite never having done it before. That musical is now all over the country and growing in strength

Simon popped into the studio to tell Mike how it was done

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A Little Bit Of Jethro Tull


It’s 50 years since Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull came to the forefront of popular music. They have since gone on to sell 60 million albums. Ian chatted to Mike about Then, Now and How “All Things Must Pass”.

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It’s also the 69th Brentwood Drama Festival next week and show director Nicola Stacey came into to chat with Mike about exactly what’s happening.


Coastal Walks -Golf and a Solution for Junc 28

IMG_1438(1)John Rayment decided to take his redundancy money buy a good pair of shoes and set off around the coast of Britain. Mike Jones asked him how he did it

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Philip Wilson is directing the latest play at the Queens and its a British premiere for A Fox on the Fairway. He spoke to Mike about this marvelous farce. You can hear it again here

Colin Barber is the chairman of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and joined Mike to bring news of their latest showcase in November and chat about Crossrail and breaking news that planners have opted for Option 5F for the improvement of Junction 28
You can find out more here


Whistling Down The Wind-Nick Heyward

Nick heyward

The boy is back in town

Mike spoke to Nick about his upcoming new Album Woodland Echoes

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A grant scheme has been launched in Brentwood to help improve mental health and wellbeing within the local community.

Brentwood’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme, opened on Friday 30 June and will run until Sunday 1 October 2017. It was set up to give communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living within the Borough.

There is £10,000 available as part of the fund and community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,200 for local causes and projects that will support and improve mental health and wellbeing for local people.

The initiatives must benefit Brentwood’s communities and they must be delivered in the Borough between 1 November 2017 – 1 November 2018.

The bids will be assessed and reported to the Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board in the Autumn, when a decision on the allocation of funding will be made.

Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Olivia Sanders said: “This is an opportunity to get funding to help with your project to support the mental health and wellbeing of others.

Criteria includes supporting those that tackle health inequalities in the community by engaging hard to reach, vulnerable, socially isolated or at-risk groups. Your project may also involve helping people to recover from a long-term illness or be raising awareness of and increasing access to mental health services in our community.”

For more information and to apply, please visit For advice, support or guidance in relation to applying please email or telephone 01277 312500.

You can hear Olivia chatting to Mike here


Helping with the First Step

First Step is an organisation which helps children and families of children whose aim is To provide the best possible environment to support each family and to enable
their very young children with special needs and/or disabilities to maximise
their individual potential

CEO Mark Halls came into the studio to talk to Mike about the organisation and the difficulties with charity organising today

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Kevin Brewis comes home to the Queen’s

West End performer Kevin Brewis is set to return to his local theatre to pay tribute to a selection of Broadway’s finest musicals in Broadway & Beyond.


Kevin Brewis grew up in Hornchurch and his love of theatre started when he visited his first pantomime at the Queen’s Theatre. From a young age Kevin was actively involved in drama groups at Fairkytes Art Centre and performed in productions at the Queen’s Theatre. After training professionally in musical theatre, Kevin has toured all over the world and appeared in West End shows including Grease at the Victoria Palace and One & Only at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Mike Jones spoke to Kevin about coming back to the Queen’s and what to expect from the new production. You can hear the interview again below:

Kevin will be back at the Queen’s Theatre on 8 February to perform an entertaining mix of music and wit from the most popular musicals in Broadway & Beyond. The show comprises of songs from New York’s legendary theatre district, including hits from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate and Miss Saigon and Spamalot.

He says, “Nearly 20 years after leaving college, having worked all over the West End, the UK and abroad, I find myself back where it all began at the Queen’s Theatre.”

Audiences will be captivated with a stunning array of costumes, exhilarating dance routines and the versatility of five musicians that play over a dozen instruments between them. This is a must see for any musical fan!

Broadway and Beyond comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £16.50 – £23. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at

Mr Poppers Penguins Popped In

Mike was delighted to welcome Richy Hughes and Luke Bateman who are lyricist and composer of the Broadway show Mr Poppers Penguins. It returns at the end of the month for a short tour which takes in, amongst others, The Palace Theatre in Southend, before taking up Christmas residence in The West End’s Criterion Theatre. The show features brilliant puppetry, a snow storm and toe-tapping songs. So far our penguins have appeared on Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast and The Elaine Paige Show on Radio 2 to name but a few. More info on the show can be found at .

You can hear the interview again here