Radio One September 1967

Jun 5, 2009


When the UK offshore Pirate radio stations were silenced by the British Government on August 14th 1967 there was a gap of a few weeks before the BBC finally launched their own “all day pop music station” Radio 1 in September 1967.

This photograph was evidentally taken just before the launch of Radio 1. Some of these new DJs (some of which had transferred from the pirate stations) wouldn’t last very long at the Beeb. Others would have long careers there.

Tony Blackburn (Presented the first Breakfast show. Still in radio.)
Jimmy Young
Kenny Everett (Would move from Radio comedy to TV comedy.)
Duncan Johnson
David Rider
Dave Cash
Pete Brady (Used to host the kid’s TV show “Magpie”.)
David Symonds (Went on to Radio 4.)

Bob Holness (Would go on to present TV’s “Blockbusters”.)
Terry Wogan (I wonder whatever happened to him?)
Barry Alldis (Went to Radio Luxembourg. Died 1982.)
Mike Lennox (Moved to Canada.)
Keith Skues
Chris Denning
Johnny Moran
Pete Myers

Pete Murray
Ed Stewart
Pete Drummond
Mike Raven (Left to work in “Horror Movies”.)
Mike Ahern (Went back to Australia.)
John Peel (Worked for Radio 1 for umpteen years until his death.)

I wonder how many of these people are still working in Radio (or even still alive……?)

PS: I was initially surprised that Jimmy Savile wasn’t on this photograph but it seems he didn’t join Radio 1 until 1968 after spending most of the 1960s at Radio Luxembourg. Johnny Walker is another of those DJs with a long BBC career who you think would have been there at the beginning of Radio 1 but of course in August 1967 he stayed aboard Radio Caroline and only re-surfaced at the Beeb in 1969.

2 Responses to “Radio One September 1967”

  1. Mary Payne Says:

    Of the offshore jocks who at various times joined Radio One, eleven of those in the photo who were there at the start came from Radio London, the station that the BBC very much wanted to emulate, but could not.
    Duncan Johnson is retired and lives in Kent.
    Dave Cash broadcasts regularly on BBC Kent
    Pete Brady runs a company called Business Meetings
    Mike Lennox is a real estate agent in Vancouver
    Keith Skues has just celebrated 50 years of broadcasting. He presents programmes on BBC Norfolk and various other Beeb local stations and has just brought out a second edition of his book ‘Pop Went the Pirates’.
    Ed Stewart appeared recently as a guest on Johnnie Walker’s Radio Two programme ‘Pirate Johnnie Walker’.
    Pete Drummond works as a voiceover artist
    Mike Raven died in 1997
    Mike Ahern (correct spelling) lives in Norfolk and broadcast on Pirate BBC Essex at Easter 2009.

    Mary Payne, Radio London

  2. themagicrobot Says:

    Hi Mary

    And wow thanks for the detail. I suppose I could have looked some of the names up but I just found the photo today (cut out of a magazine) pushed inside my copy of the book “Offshore Radio” written by Gerry Bishop back in 1975. A quick flick confirms I’ve spelled Mike Ahern’s name wrong (I’ll correct it now…) and of course he was on Caroline North and South.

    Radio 1 couldn’t emulate Radio London in 1967 whilst they had to share half the day with the then very middle-of-the road Radio 2 and didn’t have much pop in the evenings. They did nick all the Radio London jingles though didn’t they!!

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