Wes Butters
Award-winning broadcaster & writer

Wes presents the drivetime show on the new national radio station Hits Radio, as well as its network of big city stations (Key 103, Radio City, Rock FM, Hallam FM, Viking FM, Metro Radio, CFM, TFM, and Free Radio) on Sunday mornings alongside Sheree Murphy.

Born in Salford, Wes first came to national attention as the 9th host of BBC Radio 1’s prestigious Top 40 chart show with almost 3 million listeners. He also regularly sat in for early breakfast, Scott Mills and Chris Moyles. The breakfast show at Galaxy Manchester (now Capital Manchester) followed where he won various awards, including a Sony. For the last decade he has been a voice on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

On television, Wes has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Top of the Pops, while his voice has featured in The Brit Awards, Top of the Pops, An Audience with Take That, Live 8 - and, not forgetting, in the Richard Curtis film Love Actually.

As a live host, Wes has presented The Great Yorkshire Run, The Great Manchester Cycle, The Guernsey Music Festival, Gay Pride, The Christie Hospital's Walk of Hope, on stage interviews for Waterstones and the Ambassador Theatre Group, and many other events.

In addition to broadcasting, he is the author of two biographies: Kenneth Williams Unseen ("Enthralling", Daily Express Book of the Year review) and Whatshisname: The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey, a number one biography on Amazon. Both books were dedicated to his daughter Maisie.

He has modelled for Vogue, GQ and Company magazines, and was behind the infamous Crazy Frog record.

Wes is the founding director of
Mediable , an award-winning media production company.

A true radio natural SONY AWARD JUDGES

A fascinating book  DAILY EXPRESS REVIEW
> Kenneth Williams Unseen
> Whatshisname
   Tomahawk Press
A beautiful coffee table book including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and personal testimony from his closest friends, for the very first time.
Among the legendary comedy actor's bequests, in a will which itself was controversial enough to require re-examination, was a large cache of private papers and memorabilia inherited by his godson, Robert Chiddell, and subsequently acquired by Wes Butters.
This material, none of which had been seen before, included scripts and drafts by Williams, lectures and speeches delivered by him, a large number of superb photographs from all phases of his career, and creative writing which even extends to a fictional recreation of his own turbulent Cockney childhood.
Without ever arranging it formally Williams had unwittingly assembled a brilliant scrapbook of his life. Kenneth Williams Unseen is that scrapbook, enlarged and emboldened by contributions from those who knew and loved him and is a must for every fan of the great man himself. 
An extensively researched and compelling book, featuring scores of exclusive interviews, including Hawtrey's inner circle and surviving descendents, never-before-seen photographs,
private documents and correspondence.
Hawtrey started out as a child actor in silent films, was England's leading boy soprano and worked alongside a who's who of the thirties and forties. He had directed films and produced West End shows, starred in three hit television series and was a prolific radio actor for the BBC. Yet he was never content and spent his life desperately searching for stardom and success, which, in his own deluded way of thinking, always failed to live up to expectations. 
He wasn't the least bit interested in his reputation or leaving a legacy, growing old disgracefully in Deal, the Kent seaside town he lived in for the last twenty years of his life: collapsing in pubs; swearing at autograph-hunting children; and, taking home teenage rent boys (one of whom set fire to Hawtrey's cottage, with Hawtrey still inside it). Landlords still refuse to have his picture behind their bars, as the locals "wouldn't stand for it".
Enthralling. This book is an unmissable account of a comedian who teetered on the brink of all-out lunacy.
Roger Lewis, Sunday Express, Books of the Year review
Five star superseller.
Bertrams Buyer's Notes
Kenneth himself commented that ‘I wonder if anyone will ever touch the things that were once a part of my life and ask themselves what manner of man I was’. Now, thanks to Wes Butters, we all have the opportunity to get as close as most of us will ever get to doing just that.
A fascinating book.
Simon Edge, Daily Express

Who would expect a former Radio 1 DJ to make such a self-effacing biographer? This splendid, sympathetic book is a worthy tribute.
Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

Beginning with the embittered recluse lends the text a more retrospective gaze than many memoirs, allowing readers a view into the origins of the actor's self-destructive attitudes and habits which sits well with Butters' analytic style.
  1. GQ magazine
  2. Company magazine
  3. Copyright 2006, Andrew Moseley @arttogether
  4. Vogue magazine
  5. Music Week
  6. In The Smiths Room at the Salford Lads Club
  7. The making of Twice Ken is Plenty for BBC Radio 4
  8. With Janice Long hosting the Guernsey Music Festival
  9. With Paul Gambaccini
  10. With Arthur Smith at BBC Radio 4 Extra
  11. c.1984
  12. Hosting series of live football events, Leeds
  13. With Howard Marks
  14. Broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 Extra
  15. Hosting the launch of Meatloaf's new musical Bat Out of Hell
  16. Number 10