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Sixties Disc Jockeys

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The disc jockeys on the pirate stations tended to move around, a number of them being involved with one or more of the 'top' stations at one time or another and very few of them saw it out on any one station from start to finish. This movement was not always immediately noticeable as some of them also worked under assumed names which they
changed, or had changed for them, when they joined another station.

During its lifetime Radio Caroline South employed at least 67 disc jockeys of which only 13 stayed for a period of more than a year. Radio Caroline North employed about 38 disc jockeys of whom at least 22, including Dave Lee Travis, also spent time on the South station.

Many of them subsequently found employment on either Radio 1 or the local radio stations as they came online. Of some of the more well-known names, Radio Caroline's original disc jockeys were Simon Dee, Chris Moore, Donny Kerr, Tom Lodge, Gerry Duncan and Carl Conway. They were later joined by Dave Lee Travis, Emperor Rosko, Tony Blackburn, Colin Berry, Tony Prince, Bob Stewart, Tommy Vance and also Johnnie Walker and Roger Day who moved from Radio England. Andy Archer moved there, from Radio City, as did Tony Allan and Steve Merike who came from Radio Scotland.
Alan Freeman Tribute Page
Sixties City tribute to
Alan 'Fluff' Freeman

Radio London had, at various times, the legendary Keith Skues, Pete Brady, Tony Brandon, Dave Cash, Chris Denning, Pete Drummond, Kenny Everett, Duncan Johnson, Paul Kaye, Lorne King, John Peel, Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart and Alan West ( later Radio 355 ). They also had Tony Blackburn, Norman St. John and Tommy Vance who moved from Radio Caroline, Chuck Blair and Graham Gill who moved from Radio England and Mark Roman from Radio City. Tony Windsor moved there from Radio Atlanta as did Dave Dennis who was previously known as Neil Spence.

Radio 1 started with about 33 disc jockeys, or 'presenters', of which at least 17 were ex-pirates. Of the others, some notable names are David Jacobs, Ray Moore, David Rider and Wally Whyton who either already worked for the B.B.C. or came in from other areas.

Radio Luxembourg's list of disc jockeys is far too long to recite and reads like a who's who of radio broadcasting. It includes ( in no particular order or era ) Barry Alldis, Tony Blackburn, Tommy Vance, Emperor Rosko, Keith Fordyce, Pete Murray, Tony Prince, Dave Jensen, Jimmy Savile, Jimmy Young, Mike Hollis, Desmond Carrington, Stuart Henry, Alan Freeman, Kenny Everett, Noel Edmonds, Roger Day, Dave Christian, Bob Stewart, Chris Denning, Colin Nichol, Don Moss, Don Wardell, Geoffrey Everett, Jack Jackson, Johnnie Walker, Johnny Moran, Mark Wesley, Ray Orchard, Sam Costa, Stuart Grundy, Tony Brandon and Paul Burnett, many of whom also worked on the pirate stations and Radio 1 ( though not all at the same time! ).

Many of the names mentioned above and a whole host of others have subsequently achieved further recognition through B.B.C. national radio, B.B.C. regional radio, Independent commercial stations and, of course, television in various capacities.

Sixties Disc Jockeys

Here are some bits about just a few of the D.J.s who made the Sixties swing. . . .

Alan Freeman

Alan 'Fluff' Freeman
The Australian legend joined the B.B.C. from Radio Luxembourg in 1960 and found himself presenting 'Pick Of The Pops' on Sunday afternoons by 1962 with his 'Greetings, pop-pickers', 'Not 'arf', and 'Alright?' punchlines. You may also remember seeing him in Sixties TV adverts for 'OMO' washing powder.

  David Allan

David Allan
First broadcast in June 1966 for Radio 390 and subsequently went to Radio 2.
Did a 4-hour show at Radio 390 before finding out that engineers had forgotten to switch on the transmitter.

Colin Berry

Colin Berry
First broadcast 1965 on Radio Caroline South, newsreading and sponsored programmes.
Joined Radio 1 in 1972 via an announcing job at HTV.

  Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn
First broadcast August 1964 on Radio Caroline South after answering an advert in a music newspaper. He moved from there to Radio London and Radio Luxembourg before joining the original Radio 1 team, presenting their first programme in 1967. Became a 'Top Of The Pops' presenter on television and also had chart record hits in the Sixties with 'So Much In Love' in 1968 and 'It's Only Love' in 1969.

Tony Brandon

Tony Brandon
Radio London disc jockey who moved to Radio 1 in 1967 presenting 'Midday Spin' and 'Radio One Club'.

  Paul Burnett

Paul Burnett
First broadcast for the Aden Forces Broadcasting Association. On leaving the R.A.F. he joined Radio 270, moving from there to Radio Manx and then Radio Luxembourg in 1967 where he presented the Top 20 show for six years before taking over the Saturday Morning Show on Radio1.

Desmond Carrington Desmond Carrington
First broadcast 1946 in Rangoon, Burma, after the Japanese occupation. He worked extensively for Radio Luxembourg during the Fifties, starred in the television series 'Emergency Ward 10' with Richard Chamberlain and presented the 'DAZ' commercials for nine years before joining Radio2.

  Dave Cash Dave Cash
First broadcast for station CFUW Vancouver in 1963. Joined Radio London on his return to the U.K. presenting the 'Kenny and Cash' show with Kenny Everett. Has subsequently worked on Radios 1, 2, Luxembourg and also Capital Radio, again with Kenny Everett, in a recreation of the Radio London show.
Edward Cole

Edward Cole
First broadcast for Radio 390 in November 1965. He joined Radio 4 in the mid-Seventies as a newsreader / announcer.
  Noel Edmonds Noel Edmonds
First broadcast for Radio 1 on 21st July 1969. He got his break on radio when he stood in for an ill Kenny Everett on the Saturday Morning Show. He also presented the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and the 'Top Of The Pops' television show before branching out into various television enterprises.
Kenny Everett

Kenny Everett
First broadcast for Radio London in the mid-Sixties, presenting the 'Kenny and Cash Show' with Dave Cash. Moved to Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital Radio and has presented many television comedy programmes as well as B.B.C.'s 'Top Of The Pops'.
  Nigel Fell Nigel Fell
First broadcast 'The Anti-City Show' on Radio City in 1965. Subsequently moved to B.B.C. Radio Leeds.
Keith Fordyce Keith Fordyce
First broadcast in 1948 on the British Forces Network while in the R.A.F. Subsequently worked for Radio Luxembourg and B.B.C. Radio. Best remembered as co-presenter of the 'Ready Steady Go' television pop programme with Cathy McGowan although he has done many other notable pop programmes.

  Stuart Henry Stuart Henry
First broadcast on Radio Scotland. Presented 'Midday Spin' on Radio 1 when it opened in 1967 and subsequently moved to Radio Luxembourg in 1974.
David Jacobs David Jacobs
Has worked for the B.B.C. forever in virtually every capacity. Major radio shows he has hosted include Housewives Choice, BBC Jazz Club, Pick Of The Pops, Melodies For You and he also chaired the Radio 2 lunchtime programme for six years. He has many cinema and television acting credits and has also hosted many big television shows, notably Come Dancing, Miss World and The Eurovision Song Contest. He is probably best known as chairman of the long-running television pop show 'Juke Box Jury'. David had the distinction of being voted Britain's Top Disc Jockey for six years and was the Variety Club of Great Britain's T.V. Personality of the Year in 1960 among his many other awards.

  David 'Kid' Jensen David 'Kid' Jensen
First heard in the U.K. broadcasting for Radio Luxembourg in October 1968 which he joined after talking to a visiting Radio Caroline D.J. at the Canadian radio station where he was working.
Adrian Love Adrian Love
Son of band-leader Geoff Love, he first broadcast for Radio City in 1966. Subsequently he worked on the BBC Light Programme, the World Service, London's LBC, Capital Radio, BBC Radios 1 and 2, British Forces Broadcasting, County Sound, Jazz FM, Classic FM and BBC Southern Counties Radio.

  Jimmy Mack Jimmy Mack
First broadcast in 1966 on Radio Scotland, subsequently joining Radio Medway in 1970.
Ray Moore Ray Moore
First broadcast as a continuity announcer at Granada television, joining Radio 1 in 1967 and subsequently moving to Radio 2.
  Pete Murray Pete Murray
First broadcast for the B.B.C. World Service in April 1943. He went to Radio Luxembourg on a three-month replacement D.J. job and stayed for five years before rejoining the B.B.C. where he has worked for both the Radio ( mainly Radio 2 ) and Television stations. He was a regular on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' and also, alongside David Jacobs, on 'Juke Box Jury'.

Richard Park Richard Park
First broadcast for B.B.C. Radio Scotland in August 1966 having previously been employed in some capacity on a pirate station, presumably Radio Scotland. Subsequently became the Music Controller at Radio Clyde.
  John Peel John Peel
First broadcast in 1961 for station WRR in Dallas, Texas, presenting a r&b show called 'Kats Karavan'. He joined Radio London on his return to the U.K. where he created the cult 'Perfumed Garden' programme and then moved to Radio 1 ( 'Top Gear' ), Radio 2 ( 'Night Ride' ) and Radio 1 ( 'The John Peel Show' and 'Sounds Of The Seventies' ). He has also presented television's 'Top Of The Pops' and done work for the World Service and BFBS. John sadly died of a heart attack in 2004.

Tony Prince Tony Prince
First broadcast as a D.J. compering 'Disco A Go-Go' on TWW, the show on which Tony Blackburn made his debut as a pop singer. From there he moved to Radio Caroline, staying for two years before joining Radio Luxembourg in 1968 as part of their first 'live' team of disc-jockeys which also included Paul Burnett and David 'Kid' Jensen.

  David Rider David Rider
First broadcast for the B.B.C. European English Service on 9th February 1966 before becoming one of the original Radio 1 presenters in 1967. He has subsequently worked for both Radio 2 and Radio 4.
Alan Roberts Alan Roberts
First broadcast on Radio England in 1966 before moving to Denmark Radio and the 'Voice Of Peace' ship off Tel Aviv in 1976. He has since worked for regional radio stations.
  Jimmy Saville Jimmy Saville
First broadcast in the Fifties after being 'discovered' as a dance hall D.J. He was one of Radio Luxembourg's main disc jockies in the early Sixties, hosting the 'Warner Brothers Record Show', 'The Teen And Twenty Disc Club' ( in which capacity he awarded Elvis Presley his first British gold disc in 1960 ) and the 'Guys, Gals And Groups' show. He made a minor pop record in July 1962 titled 'Ahab The Arab' and hosted the first B.B.C. 'Top Of The Pops' television programme, from Manchester, on January 1st 1964. He has subsequently worked for Radio 1 and B.B.C. television presenting 'Jim'll Fix It' as well as being a tireless charity worker.

Keith Skues

Keith Skues
First broadcast for the British Forces Network while in the R.A.F. From there he joined Radio London and was one of the opening line-up for Radio 1 in 1967.
  Bob Stewart Bob Stewart
First broadcast for Radio Caroline in 1964, subsequently moving to Radio Luxembourg.
Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart
Joined Radio London in 1965, becoming one of the original Radio 1 disc jockeys in 1967 and subsequently doing work for Radio 2 and B.B.C. television as a children's presenter.
Unusual picture of Ed at Big L.
  Dave Lee Travis Dave Lee Travis
The 'Hairy Monster' first broadcast in 1964 on Radio Caroline South where he stayed for two years before doing six months at Radio Caroline North. From there he went to B.B.C. Manchester, joining Radio 1 shortly after it opened in 1967. Has subsequently appeared in many radio and television shows.
Tommy Vance

Tommy Vance
First broadcast for B.B.C. Schools Television in 1953. He has worked for Radio Caroline, Radio Luxembourg, Radio Monte Carlo and also Radio 1 besides doing programmes for BFBS and the World Service. He also presented 'Top Of The Pops' on B.B.C. television.
  Wally Whyton Wally Whyton
First broadcast as a member of 'The Vipers' skiffle group in 1957. He went on to present 'Skiffle Club', 'Guitar Club', 'Folk Room' and many other shows for B.B.C. Radio as well as being a popular children's television presenter, particularly in 'The Five O'Clock Club' with Muriel Young and Bert Weedon.
Peter York Peter York
First broadcast for Radio City in 1966, in which year he won the 'South Coast Disc Jockey Of The Year' award presented by Melody Maker. He joined Radio 1 in 1968, subsequently working for independent local radio before returning to the B.B.C. on regional station radio.
  Jimmy Young Jimmy Young
First broadcast in 1953 on B.B.C.'s 'Flat Spin'. By 1955 he had already had hit pop records and was presenting 'Housewives Choice'. That year he had two consecutive No.1 hit records, the first British artist to do so. During the late Fifties and early Sixties he hosted many radio shows including 'The Night Is Young', '12 o'Clock Spin', 'Younger Than Springtime' and 'Keep Young'. His last chart record was 'Miss You' in 1963. He was moved to Radio 1 when it opened in 1967 and was named 'Radio Personality Of The Year' in 1968 and moved to Radio 2 in 1973. He has also hosted his own television programme.

For a huge amount of information on
Radio London, pirate disc jockeys and the subjects of their current DJ personnel searches,
click on the logo to see the fabulous Studio Anorak / Radio London website of Mary and Chris Payne.


Also, there is another fantastic DJ site at the
Pirate Radio Hall of Fame

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