Mike Watkins Investigates is a weekly radio show first broadcast on Stroud FM in July 2012. The pilot episode featured an in-depth investigation into the conspiracy theory about chemtrails and geo-engineering. It is currently transmitted on WRFN 1025. Various shows and series have also aired on Real Magic Radio, Bumps-Radio, Vaping Cloud Radio., Abscape Radio, Five Valleys Radio, Rock Radio UK, Cotswold FM, Sword Radio UK, Powermix FM and Radio Catalonia. In August 2014 it was proclaimed as one of the world's most popular radio shows on Twitter, with around 100,000 followers. The Mike Watkins Investigates YouTube Channel was launched in August 2014, featuring a selection of shows from the archives. To avoid copyright infringements, all music included in the shows has been removed.Many controversial topics have been covered over the years, including UFO sightings, crop circles, the moon landing hoax, big cat sightings in Gloucestershire, David Icke, Illuminati, problem reaction solution, moon matrix, the Mayan calendar, 2012 phenomenon, the rise of modern Marxism, the hip-hop prison theory, the Cult of Saturn, the Denver International Airport controversy, ancient aliens, Erich Von Daniken, the dangers of social media, vegetarianism, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, global warming, fracking, tarsands, genetically modified crops, alternative healing, autism, music plagiarism and a 14 part series about the paranormal, which included a night-time vigil at the infamous Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire.
Investigations are not restricted to purely controversial issues. Comedians Jon Wagstaffe, Cerys Nelmes, Paul Farrar and Chad Wornfoot have all appeared on the show, as well as actor and artistic director Mike Greenman, Stroud based artist and actress Claire Rees-Jones, Cheltenham and Stroud based rock band Strange Things Frighten Us, American 'Green Rock' duo Sassafrass, New Zealand's guitar sensation Fraser Mackenzie and the owners of independent record label Red Zebra Records. Other investigations have included documentaries about the classic TV show Doctor Who, the history of Forest Green Rovers football club, musical histories of rock legends Led Zeppelin, Queen and Jimi Hendrix and special shows on the folk/rock band Lindisfarne. and Monty Python's vinyl years. The latest music orientated series, 'Rock Candy', examines - decade by decade - the diverse styles of rock music that have emerged since the 1960s.
Excerpts from the Chemtrails, UFOs, 1984 And All That, The Day It Rained Pink Frogs In Stroud, Getting Sassy with Sassafrass (Part 2) and Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special shows have been used as part of Lee Stone's Community Radio Show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol.
The programme also has its own online newspaper and blog covering subjects investigated in each of the shows. In March 2014 an online streaming Archive Channel was launched, and a selection of 10-15 minute interview clips taken from the show's archives can be heard each day via the Mike Watkins Investigates page on IRadio. For copyright reasons, no music from the original shows is included on the streams, simply a selection of the most popular interviews since the show began. Podcasts of all past shows are available on Mixcloud.