Ribble Valley newsreader Mike West becomes new voice of BBC Final Score

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A LANCASHIRE journalist and newsreader becomes the new voice of the classified football results on Saturday.

Mike West, who presents sports bulletins for BBC Radio Lancashire, is taking over from Tim Gudgin, who had been reading the scores out on Final Score since 1995.

Mike, 55, is originally from Liverpool and is an Evertonian, but has lived in the Ribble Valley for the past three decades.

Mr Gudgin did not want to move north as the programme relocated to Salford so the producers asked regional stations for nominations.

Mr West said: “I’d never thought about doing something like this, but when the opportunity came up I thought it’s a great job to do.

“There will definitely be some nerves on Saturday as I’ve got two live readings to a huge audience.

"It’s my first time doing anything like this and I’m following on from a broadcasting legend.

“I have been wandering round reading out mock results to myself trying to get that rise and fall tone right.

"Hopefully I’ll get somewhere close to it.”

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4:30pm Tue 22 Nov 11

Ray Gunn says...

well done Mike west....i'm a fan of you on radio lancs...i know you do it with ease, although you have some big shoes to fill...and thanks to Tim Gudgin, for a fantastic 16 years
well done Mike west....i'm a fan of you on radio lancs...i know you do it with ease, although you have some big shoes to fill...and thanks to Tim Gudgin, for a fantastic 16 years Ray Gunn
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7:35pm Tue 22 Nov 11

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

Sam, just to correct your report, Mike currently reads the news (which sometimes includes the sports bulletin) - and has done pretty much everything there is to do on radio in the last 30-odd years.
Sam, just to correct your report, Mike currently reads the news (which sometimes includes the sports bulletin) - and has done pretty much everything there is to do on radio in the last 30-odd years. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
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7:37pm Tue 22 Nov 11

QuarryGang78 says...

Ray Gunn wrote:
well done Mike west....i'm a fan of you on radio lancs...i know you do it with ease, although you have some big shoes to fill...and thanks to Tim Gudgin, for a fantastic 16 years
well done from me as well.Mike
I saw Mike for the first time in my life tonight on a bbc show.He's a good looking chap is'nt he.
[quote][p][bold]Ray Gunn[/bold] wrote: well done Mike west....i'm a fan of you on radio lancs...i know you do it with ease, although you have some big shoes to fill...and thanks to Tim Gudgin, for a fantastic 16 years[/p][/quote]well done from me as well.Mike I saw Mike for the first time in my life tonight on a bbc show.He's a good looking chap is'nt he. QuarryGang78
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12:43am Wed 23 Nov 11

ToffeeGuy says...

I'm sure his dulcet tones will make those Rovers defeats in the coming months easier to swallow.

Break them to us gently, Mike, please.
I'm sure his dulcet tones will make those Rovers defeats in the coming months easier to swallow. Break them to us gently, Mike, please. ToffeeGuy
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