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BBC Radio DJ Marc Riley honoured

Monday 18 July 2016

BBC DJ Marc Riley will receive a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Salford, for his ‘excellent’ contribution to the arts and media industry.

Marc, aged 55, is a regular face at the University of Salford’s Media City UK campus, where he works with students to produce a series of online music shows.

He will accept his degree during a graduation ceremony at The Lowry theatre, on Friday 22nd July.

Marc said: “To say I was taken aback when I opened the letter would be a huge understatement. I got it in early April and for a while was convinced it was an elaborate joke. To be honoured in this way - by such a wonderful and respected place of learning is both humbling and terrifying. Does this mean I have to grow up now?”

Marc began to carve out a career in music at the age of sixteen. He got his break when he joined The Fall as a bass guitarist in 1977.

Five years later, the musician used his experience in a band to secure a role as a record plugger, promoting the music of hugely popular groups, including The Happy Mondays.

Known by many as “Lard”, in 1990 Marc began to forge a new career in radio.

Marc worked alongside presenter Mark Radcliffe, broadcasting on BBC Radio 5 and BBC Radio 1 for over fourteen years. He has presented a weeknight show on BBC Radio 6 Music for twelve years.

Geoff McQueen, lecturer in television and radio said: “Marc's allegiance to the North and to Salford is well established. His support of new music and our students makes him an excellent choice for this recognition”.