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I abandoned Radio 1 when Capital started broadcasting in 1973 or 74(?), I preferred their choice of music and tried to ignore the commercials. Now there's such a wide choice of music stations on digital radio that I only listen to Capital on Sunday afternoons for the Top 40. I'm not sure when I last listened to any BBC radio station, must be at least 20 years ago.
No one has ever beaten the radio genius that was Kenny Everett.
In my teens I followed the talents of DJs like Kenny Everett to commercial radio. I was patently more tolerant of the adverts in those days!

Radio 1 daytime seemed full of the self-satisfied, but John Peel's eclectic tastes drew me back every night for years, and years.
Flipped between Capital and Radio 1 (and Laser 558 for the brief period it was on air), obviously Steve Wright in the afternoon at school doing 'art', having spent lunchtime in the pub.

Nowadays flip between Radio 4 and 6Music, with a healthy dose of Spotify and YouTube - because via the internet you can easily listen to stuff that's 5-20 minutes long, something rarely done on radio, unless it was classical music.
Listened to the 90 minute programme this morning. Still love the music of my youth but cringe at those awful words between the records.
The link for Mark Radcliffe goes to someone called Peter Powell.
dg writes: Fixed, thanks.
In my teens, I loved the 10pm till midnight show that he did before he moved briefly to breakfast time.
What happened to Terry Wogan? One of my abiding Radio 1 memories is him Fighting the Flab in the afternoons...
dg writes: September 1969-April 1972.

I was upset when Radio 1 arrived, having been a huge fan of the pirate stations. I tried Luxembourg in protest but the daytime programming was patchy and reception poor before the evening. I switched to Capital when it arrived and later to XFM. Now I'm a 6Music diehard, with 5Live for the weekends...
and still to this day, like a Pavlov's Dog, I weep every time I hear the theme to Simon Bates' feature 'Our Tune' ...

Cheers Radio 1!
Recreating with or without reference to Rolf Harris?
Another Everett fan here and I switched to Capital when he went there.
Sometimes he would start the Breakfast Show (co-hosted with Dave Cash) early -- say at 0500. He would come in, tell the overnight guy (Ian Davidson?) to buzz off and just get going.
He would give away the answers to all the upcoming quizzes on that morning's show to us early birds!
1982 line-up looks terrible.

Another BBC "look how great we are at spending taxpayers money on our anniversaries".

Interesting that Radio 1 is for the kids but not a single DJ under 30.
As a taxpayer/licence fee payer, I'm loving every minute.

The average age of every one of those R1 daytime lineups was around 35.
Best radio bar none, was GLR (ok, not nationwide) in the 80s/90s.
Chris Evans, Bob Harris, Tracy McLeod, David Hepworth, Tom Robinson, TV on the Radio, and the stellar Charlie Gillett and a couple of others whose names now escape me.

And to those who say no beeb for 20 years now, you really should try 6 Radio. Stuff like Jarvis Cocker talking to Eno, for instance, are rare treats.
And, wherever you can find them, Bob Dylan and Steve van Zandt.

Keeping my toes tapping at 72.........
Radio 1 Vintage is keeping me amused today and no doubt will do tomorrow as well! Earliest radio memory is of hearing a Tony Blackburn jingle in my grandparent's house - I must have been no more than 3 years old...

By the way, to show how quickly things can move sometimes in radio, Edith Bowman left Virgin Radio yesterday...
Never a massive R1 listener and I stopped in the early-mid 80s. At home the radio backdrop was constant Radio 2 so Wogan, Young and others. I used to retune to Radio 1 so people like Bates, Read, Powell, Juste, Burnett etc. The main highlights that stick in my brain are the chart run down on Tuesday lunchtime (used to avidly scribble that down), Top 40 on a Sunday followed by Annie Nightingale and then Alexis Korner. Other teenage listening involved Radio Luxembourg just because it was different and bits of John Peel's show (wished I'd listened to more of his stuff).

When I moved to London it was much more Capital Radio than Radio One. I had no real access to a telly then so missed all the Top of the Pops which are now being repeated.

These days I have Heart London (yes I know, don't kill me) as backdrop to go to sleep to / wake up to. Those poor souls who follow me on Twitter will know I get overly excited about Forgotten 80s on a Sunday evening plus a variety of shows on Exeter's Phonic FM (a great station if you like variety) plus some internet stations / Mixclould stuff. Even if they are more "amateurish" than the polished commercial stations the enthusiasm for the music, sheer variety, social media interraction and easier ability to get requests played makes it far more fulfilling. It's given me a renewed interest in music after having pretty much switched off after the early 90s.

I enjoyed a few bits and bobs of Vintage R1 this morning and will tune into or Radio Player some more shows but from older DJs, not the modern stuff.
Pete C -

Chris Morris on the GLR Breakfast Show was the highlight of an already-outstanding station.
Radio 1 chart show on Sunday afternoon with my older telling me to be quiet whilst he recorded his faves with a live mic onto a grundig reel to reel. Purple Haze by Jimi H and Fire by Arthur Brown are etched in my memory.
I'm a huge radio fan. Always have been.
It wakes me up, it goes on as soon as I come downstairs and usually only goes off between the hours of 8-10.30pm if there's something to watch on the TV.
Then it goes back on until bed!!

Once I discovered Capital radio as a 10 r 11 y/o in the mid-70s that was it for me. No one could compare to Kenny Everett, and still can't!

Radio 1 was reserved for the summer holidays spent at my grandparents in Cornwall.

Now it's Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio.
Re: Where is Rolf Harries "now at"?
Her Majesty's Pleasure ;-)

dg writes: Yes, I did consider that 'joke', but checked, and he was actually released in May.
Ah, fond memories. Thanks to DG for such an excellent round-up, and to everyone who has contributed.

Those of us of 'a certain age' have such a 'shared history' of musical backdrop to our early lives.

Today's teenagers and 20 somethings won't be able to look back with this kind of shared nostalgia in 30 or 40 years, simply because there is no 'shared experience' now.

And I think that is a large part of the current problems in the world...
In those days pop music was important to most young people, now they have many more possible interests with social media, computer games and no doubt other things I'm not aware of. I often listen to Gold, a digital radio station which features music from the 60s-80s.I doubt if in 30 or so years time there'll be a similar station playing today's hits.
Stuart henry?
And jimmy s......?
Well I found Radio 1 a pale image of the pirates and have listened to any other station I could find including Roger Scott on Capital - now I get my music from Spotify old and new without all the claptrap
John Peel before the went all punky.
Then Tommy Vance on the Friday Rock Show, I used to recorded it on a reel to reel as i was down the pub.
Alan Freeman on Saturday afternoon with his rock show, then In Concert.

And well before GLR was a show called Fresh Garbage on BBC Radio London presented by Mike Sparrow.

And in the 80's sometimes on a Sunday i could pick up a pirate rock station called Alice.

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