Mark Webster

A man of many talents, Webbo waded in on the first two Summer Soulstice festivals like a man possessed, helping set the event up on the soul calendar, while the rest of us stood there like rabbits in headlights…

Mark began his media career in the 1980’s as assistant editor Blues & Soul magazine, TV soon followed with the hosting of Off the Wall on music channel Music Box before being given a job by ITV, co-hosting arts and entertainment guide ‘01 For London‘ in 1988, alongside Richard Jobson and Paula Yates.

He’s gone on to feature on BBC News, The Little Picture Show and also host First Take, a series for first-time film makers on Anglia TV. He was also popular as a pundit contributing to Channel 4’s Top Ten, the series British Soul and ITV’s Tribes. He also gave the voice-over for the top 40 Only Fools & Horses moments and been a script writer for the likes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and A League of Their Own.

Webbo’s sporting journalistic prowess will not have gone unnoticed, fronting live events and chat shows. In 1995 he began a three year run working in the USA for Channel 4 anchoring their live NBA matches, as well as presenting their basketball lifestyle magazine show 24/7. He also co-narrated the multi-sport programme Gillette World Sports Special.

He’s also worked on a variety of programmes for Channel 5 hosting all their main American sports shows, plus their multi-sport programme Live & Dangerous, usually alongside his old mate Kevin Day. In August 2010 he started presenting the popular football podcast The Whistleblowers which he still occasionally appears on nearly a decade later.

His DJ years have included Mark hosting Kiss FM’s breakfast show and then later, the Xfm breakfast show. He’s also worked for Jazz FM, TalkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live with the likes of Simon Mayo.

Along with freelance stuff for publications like The Face, Loaded & GQ, writing ‘style’ articles covering fashion, film, design and music, you can see he’s a busy lad, let’s just hope one day Mark makes a return to our field of dreams!

Jester, Dr Bob & Webbo at the first Summer Soulstice in 2007.
Photo by Jester Groove © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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