Enjoy Celebrity Radio’ s Tony Blackburn Life Stories Interview….
Tony Blackburn is an English disc jockey who broadcast on the “pirate” stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first disc jockey to launch and broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in 1967.
In 2002 he was the winner of the ITV reality TV programme I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
Tony was the first DJ on Radio 1 and now he’s doing ‘Pick of the Pops’ on Radio 2. He’s a Broadcasting Legend who sets Belfield straight about how to be a proper DJ!
Enjoy an Exclusive chat with Alex & Tone….
In early 1980 he took over Junior Choice on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8-10am, while continuing to present the Sunday chart show until the end of 1981 – being succeeded by Tommy Vance. During 1982 BBC Radio 1 dropped the name Junior Choice and the show became the Weekend Breakfast Show which Blackburn continued to host until his final show on 23 September 1984.
In addition to his BBC Radio 1 weekend show, he joined BBC Radio London in 1981, where he presented the weekday afternoon show. It was here that he showed his love for soul music.
Having left BBC Radio 1 after 17 years he took over BBC Radio London’s weekday mid-morning show in 1984. On Saturday 6 November 2010, Blackburn replaced Dale Winton as the regular host of BBC Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops programme.
Blackburn now presents the show every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. He also presents shows on BBC London 94.9 on Sundays from 12–3pm and a weekly Sunday show on Magic 1161 (now renamed Viking 2).
Recorded 2011 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio & BBC 2011.