Powell is a presenter on Swansea Sound.
was born in the mining village of Aberfan, South Wales on 21st August
1971. From an early age radio played a big part in his life "My
earliest memory of radio listening was my mum blasting out Terry
Wogan in the kitchen over breakfast, I never listened to the music,
I'd wait for him and Jimmy young to do their hand over, it was the
funniest part of the day."
he would be influenced by the likes of Steve Wright (BBC), Kenny
Everett (BBC & Luxembourg), Phil Kennedy (Red Dragon Radio)
and Al Dupres (CBC Cardiff).
leaving school Mark joined his local hospital radio station as a
volunteer presenter "I remember my first show was at 7 o'clock
on a Wednesday evening, I was extremely nervous. I'd been collecting
requests from the patients, so I knew there would be one or two
people listening, then I went into the studio shaking with fear
with the station manager and about 10 other people looking over
my shoulder, how I got through it I'll never know."
he did and after a year or so he took over the running of the station.
"I've never met such an odd ball bunch in my life, the people
the station seemed to attract were incredible, an alcoholic, who'd
come in to do a classical music show pissed and would drop his trousers
to anyone and everyone, A guy who stank of shit and a Star Trek
fan. I remember doing an outside broadcast at a local fate, the
guy from the council who was in charge couldn't believe it, he thought
I had brought the cast of the Muppet Show with me."
several years and many air fresheners later Mark was encouraged
to send a tape of his hospital radio show to the local radio station's
Red Dragon and Galaxy 101.
"You would not believe how surprised I was when both stations
agreed to give me work, However I decided to go with Galaxy as they
offered me my own show - 2am to 6am, not the ideal shift, but it
was a start."
was while he was at Galaxy Mark met and worked with probably his
biggest influence in radio to date. "Paul Conroy is in my mind
the best radio presenter I've ever heard on commercial radio, slick,
very funny and above all original. It was Paul who put my show on
the right track."
years after joining Galaxy Mark got the opportunity of a life time,
to present the late show on the station he grew up with, Red Dragon
FM. "I turned Dragon's offer down originally as they only wanted
me as a tape driver, but now they wanted me as a presenter it was
an offer good to miss."
after a few weeks on the late show Mark was moved to drive time,
where he stayed for almost a year. It was then he found out the
station was being sold. "Emap was selling it and I was asked
to stay in the group, so I moved to Teesside to work at TFM."
once did his show naked in protest of the heat in the studio, this
story made the Daily Sport, with a picture of him bollocks naked,
his fiancés mother hasn't spoken to him since.
once did a gig where we did a beat the intro contest, I had a large
piece of card with the phrase the listener had to read out. Trouble
was the twat who picked the contestant from the crowd for me didn't
ask them if they could read - the contestant was in fact a dyslexic
maniac and talked up to the intro of the song swearing his head
off, live on air".
was once suspended by his boss for falling asleep during his late
night show, the incident was made worse by the fact he had left
the mic on and could be heard snoring like a buffoon.
Radio Authority often gets complaints about his comments or "gags"
and seems to upset most people at one time or another. "If
something makes me laugh, I get it on the show, sometimes people
forget we are trying to entertain as well as play the songs. However
I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the people
of America for ripping the slash out of the last two presidents
- but you were stupid enough to vote them in!!!"