Radio 1 30.9.2017



R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG  30th September 2017

Radio 1, 2, 3, and 4 began broadcasting 50 years ago today.


My particular interest was Radio 1 which was supposedly replacing the pirate radio stations.

Radio 1 began broadcasting exactly 50 years ago today on Saturday 30th September 1967 at 7.00am.

I got up early to listen to Tony Blackburn who had the first programme that opened with Flowers in the Rain by The Move.

To celebrate 50 years of Radio 1, 2, 3, and 4 the Radio Times publish the results of a poll.

The poll, to mark 50 years since the launch of BBC Radio 1, and the creation of BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, asked leading radio broadcasters, industry figures and critics for their top 15 broadcasters of the last 50 years from which the names were then ranked. Contributors included: former Heads of BBC radio, Jenny Abramsky and Helen Boaden, Ken Bruce, Paul Gambaccini, Bob Harris, Joh Humphrys, Shaun Keaveny, Bridget Kendall, Philip Pulman, Jenni Murray, Jeremy Vine, Steve Wright and Kirsty Young.

50 greatest BBC radio presenters:

  1. Terry Wogan
  2. John Peel
  3. Sue MacGregor
  4. Annie Nightingale
  5. Alistair Cooke

6.Kenny Everett

   Radio 1 DJs September 1967

  1. Jane Garvey
  2. Humphrey Lyttelton
  3. Eddie Mair
  4. Jenni Murray
  5. Brian Redhead
  6. Kirsty Young
  7. John Humphrys
  8. Melvin Bragg
  9. Danny Baker
  10. James Naughtie
  11. Fi Glover
  12. Linda Smith
  13. Nick Clarke
  14. Tony Blackburn
  15. Sue Lawley
  16. Paul Gambaccini
  17. Corrie Corfield
  18. Mark Radcliffe
  19. Charlotte Green
  20. Chris Evans
  21. William Hardcastle
  22. Mishal Husain
  23. Alan Coren
  24. Brian Johnston
  25. Nicholas Parsons
  26. John Arlott

33 Libby Purves

  1. Peter Jones
  2. Victoria Derbyshire
  3. Steve Wright
  4. Brian Matthews
  5. Ken Bruce
  6. Graham Norton
  7. Patricia Hughes
  8. Jeremy Vine
  9. Peter Allen
  10. Chris Morris
  11. Sandi Toksvig
  12. Nicky Campbell
  13. Johnnie Walker
  14. Paul Merton
  15. Dapne Oxenford
  16. Carys Matthews
  17. Jimmy Young

My own favourites have to be Kenny Everett and Johnnie Walker.



It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandella


Happiness is…listening to Kenny Everett on the radio


Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.


“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge

Charted twice: No.4 on 23.6.1966 & No.2 on 28.2.1987