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Mark is also one of the most experienced radio presenters currently on-air in the UK. Starting as a pimply youth in his hometown at GMR (then BBC Radio Manchester), he graduated to Liverpool's Radio City, lost his pimples and won several radio awards. These include a prestigious Sony nomination for hosting Michael Jackson's concert at Aintree Racecourse, (the "biggest solo concert in history") entertaining the crowd of more than 125,000.
After three very successful years at the North West regional station, 105.4 Century FM, Mark has returned to Radio City’s Magic 1548 in Liverpool, and he also regularly hosts a daily networked radio show broadcast throughout the UK on the Magic Radio Network, plus is also often heard on Manchester's Magic 1152 (formerly Piccadilly Radio). Not limiting his talents to just radio, Mark has written and published several books, including "Mark Jones’ Birthday Book", the best-seller, which became the definitive UK Radio reference book.
As an avid sports fan, (the colour green on his TV wears out before any other) Mark has been seen on the pitch presenting pre-match entertainment at both Liverpool and Everton FC, and spent several seasons at Tranmere Rovers. Mark has featured on Channel 4 and Sky Sports on all the One Day cricket Internationals, Test Matches and County games around the UK.
He presented all the pre-match interviews with legends Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Holding, Richie Benaud and David “Bumble” Lloyd. He is the regular host for the Masters’ Football Series, shown live on Sky Sports. Mark was also the man-on-the-pitch-with-a-microphone at Knowsley Road, home of World Club Champions, St Helens RLFC, and for the 2004 season, was on the pitch for Leeds Rhinos’ home games at Headingley, and is often seen at Old Trafford Cricket Ground for Lancashire CCC’s home games.
Areas of Expertise
Mark Jones would happily admit that Sportsmen's dinners are his specialist subject; he gets to meet his heroes, gets paid, and, more importantly, he gets fed! Mark has compèred hundreds of events over the years, working with many of his sporting idols; included in the (very) long list are David Beckham, Mike Atherton, Frank Bruno and Sir Alex Ferguson.
He’s also hosted a very successful “sportsmen’s-dinners-for-the-troops” tour of Kosovo in 2000 with Alan Ball, MBE and Jack Charlton, OBE.
Mark was asked to host the sell-out Man Utd vs Man City legends match at the 17,000 capacity MEN Arena with Sir Alex Ferguson, Kevin Keegan and singer Russell Watson, a charity event for the Dependents of the New York Firefighters. (Mark was only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center Towers on the morning of 9/11 and reported "live" from the scene for UK radio for several days after the tragedy).
He regularly hosts the Manchester United Player-of-the-Year awards at Old Trafford plus numerous other prestigious awards ceremonies, business conferences, charity fundraisers and golf days, etc., throughout the UK, these include hosting CRUFTS at the NEC, Birmingham! Mark also covered the 2004/5 Manchester United and Liverpool FC pre-season American Tours for UK radio.
"They were a difficult crowd to please, you did an exceptional job; well done."
H.R.H. Sophie, Countess of Wessex (at the official opening of the Aquavale Leisure Complex in Aylesbury, Bucks.)
"Thanks for a great job. I thought that your hosting of the entire Masters’ series was spot-on!"
Steve Black, Director, Masters Football (Mark is the regular host for the live Sky Sports Masters Football Series)
“May I thank you for your amazing help on the night, which could not have happened without your expertise. We raised around £7,500 for British Heart Foundation. I hope to be in touch in the future.”
Andrew Charlett, Commercial Manager, McCarthy & Stone Ltd.
"You judged the tone of our awards evening exactly right. We've had a lot of positive feedback about your role as compère."
Janette Bolton, Event Manager, Warrington Guardian Group
"What a night! Our sincere thanks for injecting more than a little professionalism into the proceedings, and for running the hugely successful auction. We look forward to working with you again on other events in the future"
Steve Milne, Trustee, Everton Former Players’ Foundation
"One of the best and funniest compères we've ever had at any of our many sportsmen's dinners
Sean O'Toole, Commercial Manager, Sheffield Weds. FC "
"I wanted to say a huge thank you. You were absolutely brilliant! You managed to keep it all together perfectly and were extremely professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who requires a host"
Mark Whittle, Events Manager, N & W Lancs. Chamber of Commerce
"Thank you for making the whole evening come together as well as it did"
Kelly Morgan, HR Manager, QVC
"Everybody thought you where great and I will be looking to use you next year to host all three of our awards presentations"
John Honeyball, Director, European Environmental Control plc
"[Mark's] handling of the raffles and auctions was hilarious, and his topical ad-libs were just right for each event. I would recommend him for forthcoming events”
Steve Banyard, Presenter, Sky Sports
"You did a wonderful job hosting the Manchester United Disabled Supporters' Association Annual dinner"
Patrick Harverson, Communications Director, Manchester United FC (now PR for HRH The Prince of Wales)
"Thank you for your supporting our Autumn Ball; your presence there was very much appreciated and added the success of the evening. I will shortly be working on future events, and would welcome a continued partnership or the future"
Sheila Roche, Fundraising Manager, Merseyside Society for Deaf People
"With your help all the day / night matches have proved to be an unqualified success with double the crowds we normally attract"
Gareth Moores, Sales & Marketing Manager, Lancashire County Cricket Club
"Many thanks for hosting our Golf day at Royal Birkdale. The event was a great success, I hope the first of many…"
Lucy Fenwick, Fundraising Manager, Liverpool Cardiothoracic Centre
"Thank you for all your help and support entertaining our guests after another very successful golf day at Rotherham Golf Club. I will be contacting you again next year"
Sandra Kettle borough, Cray Valley Structural Resins Limited, Grimsby
"May I thank you most sincerely for helping promote our charity. Without your generosity we simply wouldn't be able to function"
Jill Maynard, Claire House Children's Hospice, Wirral
"The event last week at Manchester’s MEN Arena for the New York Fire-fighters Dependents' Appeal was a tremendous success. This was due in no small way to your splendid job as MC for the night"
George Almond CBE, County Fire Officer & Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire Service