This was the first time I met the programmes’ producer Ali.

I did the three shows and thought nothing more of it until, at the end of Commonwealth Games Radio I was offered the job as Assistant Editor of BBC GMR and I was asked to take over the programme on a permanent basis.

Since then, the station has changed its name back to BBC Radio Manchester and I have presented the programme every Sunday morning between 7 and 9, with a couple of small exceptions.

Mike Shaft with the Coptic Christians

The present producer of the programme is Clare Freeman. Before that it was long time producer Rebecca Kelly. We continue to feature a Multi Faith mixture of Interviews, discussions and guests plus an awesome selection of mainly Christian music.

Sunday Breakfast Producers 2002 onwards

Mike Shaft & Ali Hutchison Small
2002 – 2004

Ali Hutchison


Becky KELLY 2 small
2004 – 2012

Rebecca Kelly


2012 – 2014

Lawrence Mann


Jen Dale

2014 – 2015

Jen Dale


Steve Saul
2015 – 2015

Steve Saul


Becky KELLY 2 small
2015 – 2016

Rebecca Kelly


Rebecca & Clare
2016 – Ongoing

Clare Freeman

A few months ago the Senior Producer, Lawrence Mann called me up and asked if I would consider starting the programme an hour earlier at 6:00am and playing an hour of pure Gospel music. It took me about 3 seconds to decide and quickly said yes.

I have wanted to present a programme like this for a number of years and the moment had finally arrived. In the run-up to the first programme I spent hours listening again to my Gospel collection.

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I went to the local Wesley Owen shop and picked up some sensational stuff and I also got some awesome suggestions from my mate Steve Quirk.

On this page on mikeshaft.com I am going to list the songs I play each week to keep you aware of the great Gospel Music that is available out there.

You can of course listen to the Gospel Hour on BBC Radio Manchester each Sunday morning by tuning in to 95.1FM in the Greater Manchester area or by logging on to bbc.co.uk/manchester and following the links from there.