Presenter of The Crooked Road, Mike Ganley celebrates over 45 years in local radio this year (2022). Mike started his broadcasting career in 1982 with Radio West in Bristol (now Heart FM). Since then he has worked on many commercial and BBC local stations in the West of England, asa presenter, producer and managing director.

In 1999 his company – 5 Valleys Radio Ltd. Was awarded the radio licence for Southern Gloucestershire, going on air as FM107 The Falcon (later Star 107FM) in December of that year.

Mike first became involved with roots music when he was at university in Coventry. “We called it folk music in those days. I was involved with running the entertainments at the Students Union in the early seventies. One of the regular events was a folk club. As it ended up I was put in charge of it along with a a guy called Steve Knightly. He’s famous as half of Show of Hands now, I just love the music and play it on the radio.” His roots music show –“The Crooked Road” is now in its 22nd year. Mike is delighted to be involved with the Swindon 105.5 project, commenting: “Swindon fully deserves it’s own local radio station. Shirley Ludford and the team have given the town just that and we’re really looking forward to 2024.”

Mike Ganley - Biography