Wes Butters

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Wes Butters (born Wesley Paul Butters in Salford, Greater Manchester, 4 May 1979), is a radio broadcaster, formerly of BBC Radio 1, and writer.

Early life

Butters attended Bule Hill High School in Salford, and studied at the University of Salford between 1995 and 1997 where he gained a National Diploma in Design & Media Communications, followed by a BA (Hons) Radio between 1997 and 1998.

Radio career

On joining AA Roadwatch he shortened his name to Wes Butters. After a year presenting traffic and travel bulletins on local North West radio stations plus periods on 96.5 Radio Wave (Blackpool), Wish FM (Wigan) and Century 105, he was offered the evening show on Century 106 in Nottingham. He left the station in 2000 to move to Newcastle as Head of Music and mid-morning presenter for Galaxy North East.

Radio 1

In December 2002, following extensive speculation in the press and online, it was announced that Butters would be taking over as host of the Official UK Top 40 show on BBC Radio 1 in February 2003, now renamed The Official Chart Show with Wes. A change in the show's format led to greater coverage of top-selling albums and an end to the need for every entry in the Top 40 singles chart to be played.

He regularly stood in for Scott Mills - first on early breakfast, then on drive-time. He also deputised for Chris Moyles on the prestigious Radio 1 breakfast show on Bank and Christmas Holidays.

Working closely with Top of the Pops he interviewed hundreds of popstars...
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