The Salford Jets

The Salford Jets were formed 1977, original members; Mike Sweeney (lead vocal); Diccon Hubbard (bass/vocal );Dave (Shakey) Morris (drums/vocal );Don McKintyre (guitar/vocal ). Don was replaced late 1977 by Rod Gerrard (guitar/vocal), and Geoff (Bubbs) Kerry (keys/guitar/vocal).

Geoff Kerry was replaced by Don McKintyre 1982, Johnny (Psycho) Wolfendon (sax), 1982. The ‘Jets’ now are Mike Sweeney, Diccon Hubbard, Phill Orme and Dave Killick.

Mike joined Piccadilly Radio in 1980 after playing with his new wave punk band, The Salford Jets, at a station road-show in Manchester. It was for this road-show that Mike voiced a promo that caught the attention of the Programme Controller.

Mike was the first mainstream commercial radio presenter with a regional accent, helping to pave the way for – amongst others – Gary Crowley, Terry Christian, Chris Evans and Mark ‘n Lard. Hailing from a working class background, Mike had worked as a coalminer, on the docks and on numerous building sites, all whilst playing regularly in bands. It was with The Salford Jets that he finally found success, with recording contracts, a hit single and television performances, shortly followed by his big break onto the airwaves of Manchester.

Eighteen years later, Mike had built up a massive following in the North-West. Listeners were drawn to his forthright, opinionated and honest views that were delivered with humour and warmth. In his time at Piccadilly Radio, Mike worked his way through every daytime show, including ten years as the host of the Breakfast show. From 1983 onwards, Mike developed and presented ‘Sweeney’s Sixties Classics,’ which was the first specialist sixties programme on commercial radio. Mike also made enough of an impression on Chris Evans during his tenure at “Picc” to warrant a chapter in his autobiography !!

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