Mike Smith (born 23 April 1955) (also known as Smitty his 'on air' nickname) is a British television, radio presenter, racing driver, pilot, and businessman. He began his broadcasting career at Chelmsford Hospital Radio, before joining BBC Radio 1 in 1975 as a freelance producer and presenter. His work included promotions and production work for the Radio 1 Roadshow, Quiz Kid and most daytime network shows. As a standby DJ he occasionally got on-air when live outside broadcasts failed. In June 1978 he joined London's Capital Radio and presented a variety of shows until in July 1980 he became the breakfast show presenter. He moved back to BBC Radio 1 in 1982, presenting the weekday early show from 67 am and a Saturday morning show. In 1983, Smith took over the weekday lunchtime show from 11.30 am2 pm until March 1984, when he briefly left to present BBC Breakfast Time. He returned to Radio 1 in May 1986, taking over from Mike Read on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 7.009.