- Tuesday 21st January 2020, 9:53am [Edited]
- United Kingdom
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OLD TIME MUSIC RADIO ROUND UP
For your info, the following old timers and semi-old timers are still to be found on the UK radio network : Radio 1 : Ann Nightingale, 79, who is extraordinary and as the first ever proper female radio DJ has easily outdone John Peel now in coolness. The output of her show which is aimed at a certain type of teenager and 20-something is so radical that even most youth would find it challenging and certainly I do. A few years ago, I posted a question about a record asking what it was. I said it went na-na-na-na-na-na but wasn't Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye. Rather it was dance like, probably 1990s, and I liked it a lot. To my amazement, she was the one who kindly answered, advising me that it was "Templehead" by Transglobal Underground. I was well impressed by the way she had taken the effort and just sort of "emerged" to do it.
Radio 2 : Tony Blackburn (Sounds of the 60s - he also does a soul programme on BBC London), Johnnie Walker (Sounds of the 70s), Paul Gambaccini (Pick of the Pops - charts from past years), Bob Harris (Country), Steve Wright (the same afternoon show which he was doing on Radio 1 some 38 years ago when I was a 19 year old at university), Gary Davies (Sounds of the 80s) and Ken Bruce (weekday mornings). BBC 6 Music - Radcliffe and Maconie (weekend breakfasts).
BBC Wales - Janice Long (weekday evenings). BBC Surrey etc - Graham Dene, ex Capital (Saturday lunchtime), Nicky Horne who was the rock man on Capital and now counter intuitively does a show on Sinatra and similar plus historical clips of American big band era radio (Sun nights). BBC Kent - Roger Day, ex offshore pirate (chart show on Sat evenings).
The last time I looked, Emperor Rosko, Tony Prince, David Jensen and David Hamilton and several other ex pirates and sundry others could all be found either regularly or occasionally on United DJs - The Station of the Stars. That internet station was set up by Mike Read who appears to have now moved on to embark on another radio initiative. I believe the presenters mainly work there just for the love of it. David Hamilton also turns up on BBC Surrey and in other places.
There are some other ex pirates on Radio Caroline which again is essentially staffed voluntarily. While it is broadcast more or less permanently from above a shop in Kent - I know where although they like to make out it is secret - on two different channels catering for slightly different tastes, the key time to tune in is when once a month they team up with Manx Radio to produce a weekend of Caroline North broadcasts from the ex pirate ship the Ross Revenge which is moored on an Essex estuary, Again, I do know its precise location but I won't spoil the pretend-it's-still-the-60s fun by mentioning it.