Welcome to the website for Michael Clarke. Michael, 23, is in his 8th year in the radio industry in Northern Ireland and his voice has been heard on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, BBC TV, U105, UCB UK, Carrickfergus FM, Lisburn's 98FM, Bangor Community Radio
and Cuan FM.
Michael took his first steps in radio, aged only 15, with community radio station Carrickfergus FM. During his time there Michael quickly established himself as a presenter and regular contributor to their bi-annual broadcasts. In recent years he has been privileged to interview numerous celebrity guests ranging from well-known broadcasters to former international footballers and host a variety of events across Northern Ireland.
In his young career Michael has worked with both the BBC and U105. Having attended various BBC Blast trainee courses Michael went one better and won a BBC competition to become BBC Sport Northern Ireland's 'Young Sports Commentator of the Year 2010' chosen from an expert panel including veteran broadcaster Jackie Fullerton.
As a result of this achievement Michael was picked to commentate for
the BBC on two live televised football matches at the prestigious international youth tournament, The Milk Cup. The two matches assigned to Michael were an opening tie for Manchester United as well as the Premier Section semi-final which featured eventual tournament champions Etoile Lusitana of Senegal.
Despite being better known as a presenter Michael is also very passionate about production work and this was best showcased over 18 months at U105 as a broadcast assistant, aiding the presenters and taking your calls - odds are you might have spoken to him without realising!
Michael is an avid user of Social Media and this was recognised by the founders of the Northern Ireland Social Media Awards. He was nominated in Category 16 for 'Best Use of Social Media by a Northern Irish celebrity or personality' and having made it all the way into the final, he finished a respectable 4th (Stephen Nolan won it). He also has experience as a guest speaker and has acted as compere for several events.
In September 2011, Michael was 1 of only 20 people in the UK to be selected from over 650 applicants to take part in the BBC Aim High training academy in England. Michael successfully completed the bootcamp in October and now is a contributor for BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle.
Michael can be heard on BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle each week as a reporter for BBC Sport NI's programme 'Sportsound'. This involves providing match commentary, live updates and summaries from various Irish Premiership and Irish Cup matches throughout the season. He also is a regular contributor on 'Sunday Sequence' and in the past has appeared on Radio Foyle's morning show 'Breakfast'.
During the week, Michael works as Station Manager across a chain of community radio stations in Lisburn and Bangor. He dedicates a lot of his time to training new presenters, programming the output and indeed broadcasting his own show. You can hear him on 98.8FM every Monday from 12-2pm for light-hearted entertainment and an eclectic mix of music. On Fridays from 3-4pm he co-presents The Score with Mark McIntosh as they delve into the big talking points in local and national sport with guest features, interviews and insider knowledge.