Radio One September 1967
June 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.
BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT
Tony Blackburn (Presented the first Breakfast show. Still in radio.)
Kenny Everett (Would move from Radio comedy to TV comedy.)
Pete Brady (Used to host the kid’s TV show “Magpie”.)
David Symonds (Went on to Radio 4.)
MIDDLE ROW LEFT TO RIGHT
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.)
FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT
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.