BBC Radio 1 1 was established in 1967 as a successor to the BBC Light Programme. Radio 1 would give the cool kids what they wanted. The likes of Radio Caroline had been made illegal by Act of Parliament. That might have made it cooler. But if the kids wanted State-run pop, Radio One was the only one for them.
On 30 September 1967, Tony Black burn set the airwaves alight.
This is the story of the Radio 1 in the 20th Century in photos:
Mr Robin Scott, Controller, Light Programme, who heads the BBC’s new Radio 1 (Pop) and Radio 2 (Light) radio network, pictured (centre, background) at Broadcasting House, Portland Place with disc jockeys who will be in the spin of things on Radio 1, many of them were formerly with “pirate” radio stations. Left to right: Back row – Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Duncan Johnson, David Rider, Dave Cash, Pete Brady and David Symonds. Middle row – Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Barry Alldis, Mike Lennox, Keith Skues, Chris Denning and Johnny Moran. Front row – Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Mike A’Hern and John Peel. Date: 04/09/1967
A London policeman who asked questions and made notes after talking to bus driver Fred Blundell and his fare Anita Harris. The bus parked outside the Hilton Hotel was taking Anita to the BBC studio to sing her new single on Radio 1, called ‘Tuppenny Bus Ride’.
The line up of Radio One disc jockeys: (back row, l-r) John Peel, David Symonds, Dave Cash, Stuart Henry, Johnny Moran, Alan Freeman; (middle row, l-r) Peter Myers, Mike Ravon, Terry Wogan, Keith Skues, Kenny Everett, Ed Stewart; (front row, l-r) Barry Aldis, Chris Denning, Robin Scott, Tony Blackburn, Sam Costa
Tony Blackburn, disc jockey
John Peel – 1968
Jimmy Savile – 1968
First female Radio 1 DJ Anne Nightingale.
Disc Jockey Noel Edmonds, 21, has been chosen by the BBC to take over Kenny Everett’s Saturday morning slot on Radio 1.
PHOTO 16/9/70 DJ JOHN PEEL WITH HIS MELODY MAKER POP POLL TOP DISC JOCKEY AWARD IN LONDON WITH TOP BRITISH FEMALE SINGER SANDY DENNY.
BBC Radio DJ Johnnie Walker with guest arriving at the Warner West End Theatre to attend the premiere of the film Performance starring James Fox and Mick Jagger.
The woman in the picture could be wife/girlfriend Frances Kum whom he married in 1971 but needs to be confirmed
Jimmy Savile (r), host of BBC Radio One’s programme “Speak Easy”, looks like a bit of a laugh in. Saville’s guest is Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Cantebury, shown during the recording of the programme at the BBC’s Paris Theatre, Lower Regent Street, London.
BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis carries his Swedish wife Marianne Bergqvist following their wedding at Manchester Registry Office.
Radio One DJ Jimmy Savile, in his studio.
(L-R) Radio One disc jockeys Jimmy Savile and Alan Freeman threaten to burst the balloons which were to be launched from the roof of Broadcasting House to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the station
Radio 1 disc jockey Tony Blackburn, finds himself picketed by Daleks outside Broadcasting House, London. The Daleks, arch enemies of Dr Who, were calling for a “ban” on the record “Who is The Doctor”, made by the Dr Who himself, Jon Pertwee.
DJ Dave Lee Travis joins bus driver Bert Blower on a vintage London bus, which will form part of the London Autumn Fair along with 150 other vehicles.
Canadian born Disc Jocky David ‘Kid’ Jensen to join the BBC. Kid (christened David Allan Jensen) will play a major role n the new look Saturday programming which begins on Radio 1. Date: 09/08/1976
Twelve-year-old Rebecca Heap, who was injured in a serious road accident, gets the chance to meet her favourite BBC Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile. Date: 15/05/1980
Radio DJ Dave Lee Travis has an encounter with traffic wardens as he unveils his customised ‘London-proof’ car.
A group of fifteen of radio’s best-known disc jockeys eating Christmas Lunch at Broadcasting House. Back L/R Simon Bates, Mike Read, Peter Powell, Tommy Vance, Adrian Love and Richard Skinner. Middle L/R Paul Burnett, Andy Peebles, John Peel, Steve Wright, Annie Nightingale, Paul Gambaccini, and Adrian Juste. Front L/R Dave Lee Travis and Jimmy Savile.
BBC Radio One disc jockey Andy Peebles (Left) with ex-Beatles star John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, in New York at the weekend when he was interviewing the couple for a radio series to be broadcast next year. The pop superstar was shot dead by Mark Chapman last night as he and his wife arrived at their New York apartment.
BBC Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis poses with model Nicky Giles, 23, to promote the first CB radios in Britain, which were demonstrated by Fidelity Radio at the Eyeball Bistro Club in London.
Radio One disc jockeys (left to right) Adrian John, Gary Davies, Janice Long and Bruno Brookes in London today where they helped launch “Drug Alert”, a week-long campaign by the station aimed at combating drug abuse in Great Britain.
Lancashire cricketer Clive Lloyd and Radio One disc jockey, Janice Long help Professor Anthony Clare (right) to launch Drinkwise London, with the aid of an alcohol-free cocktail, at The National Theatre, London.
DJ Dave Lee Travis is surrounded by some of the women who appear in his photography book A Bit of a Star. Back Row L-R: Unidentified, Janet Ellis, Rosalind Ayre, Sarah Greene,Georgina Hale, Diane Keen, Jan Leeming, Cherry Gillespie. Front Row L-R: Jane Warner, Debbie Arnold, Dave Lee Travis, Faith Brown, Unidentified, Kim Wilde.
Radio One DJ Mike Read, 36, plays one of his favourite records at his Victorian-Gothic seven-bedroom Surrey mansion near Dorking. Read, who has spent three years setting 20 poems by the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman to music, hopes to stage a musical entitled “Teddy Bear to the Nation” with the backing of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in London’s West End this summer.
BBC Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis poses with the finalists in the Access Assistant of the Year competition. (l-r) Elizabeth Stead, Margaret Watts, Emily Parker, Angus Mackenzie, Lynn Bannard, Dorothy McGall, Alice Clarke and Tina Bangs.
BBC Radio One DJ Gary Davis (kneeling right) with pop stars appearing on the first Top of the Pops to be sold to America.
BBC Radio One Breakfast Show DJ Mike Smith (right) is joined by former presenters of the early-morning slot as the network celebrates its 20th anniversary. From left: Dave Lee Travis, Noel Edmonds, Tony Blackburn and Mike Read.
PA NEWS PHOTO 5/2/88 RADIO 1 DJ’S GARY DAVIES, STEVE WRIGHT AND SIMON BATES OUTSIDE THE BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE, LONDON DRESSED AS FAMOUS POP STARS FOR THE COMIC RELIEF APPEAL
Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet with disc jockey Bruno Brookes, before being named as the winner of the Radio One Best Newcomer Award at the British Record Industry Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
Bros and Bruno – 1988
Stars in a festive mood today as they prepare to take part in the BBC Radio’s line-up for the Christmas season. (L-R) Eastenders actress Wendy Richard makes her debut as a disc jockey standing in for Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, Christopher Cazenove and Peter Jeffrey are lead players in classic adventure stories, and Jakki Brambles hosts Radio 1’s Breakfast Show with Nikki Campbell (not pictured)
Paul McCartney surprising Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright and his production assistant Dianne Oxberry by dropping in for a chat after they broadcast an on-air appeal to meet him. Diane mentioned McCartney’s name during a talk about the stars people would love to meet, and as he was working down the road on his new album, McCartney strolled into the studio and played live for Diane.
Superstar George Michael pictured with BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright.
England footballer Paul Gascoigne with Radio 1 DJ Simon Mayo.
THE NEW LINE UP OF BBC RADIO 1 PRESENTERS WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 25, DURING A PHOTOCALL IN LONDON TODAY. (L/R BACK ROW, ANDY KERSHAW, LYNNE PARSONS, STEVE EDWARDS, JO WHILEY, STEVE LAMACQ, CLAIRE STURGESS, PETE TONG, JOHN PEEL, (L/R FRONT ROW, MARK GOODIER, SIMON MAYO TONDERAIR AND STEVE WRIGHT.Date: 27/09/1993
Radio One DJ Chris Evans in the studio of BBC RAdio One sherer he started his first day of hosting the “Breakfast Show”. * 21/9/95 He was named most stylish man of the year. * 22/12/1995 Returned to the airwaves after failing to turn up yesterday for his early-morning show. Officially absent due to a throat infection, a festive meal on Wednesday with his production team had developed into a bit of a session which ended with Evans incapable of presenting Radio One’s flagship show. He now faces a carpeting from BBC chiefs, but today he merely joked the whole event off.
Library filer dated 1/12/96 of winner Chris Evans (Top C4/BBC2 Entertainment Presenter) being hugged by award presenters Gaby Roslin (left) and Zoe Ball at the British Comedy Awards 1996 at the London Television Centre. It was announced today (Thur), that Evans is to leave Radio One on March 27, the BBC said. Evans wanted to have every Friday off from presenting his Breakfast Show but BBC Radio 1 controller Matthew Bannister refused. Mr Bannister told Evans it did not fit in with his plans for the station’s schedule.
Zoe Ball, 26, is flanked by her co- DJ Kevin Greening (left) and their boss Matthew Bannister during a news conference following their debut broadcast this morning (Monday) for BBC Radio 1. Date: 13/10/1997
PA NEWS PHOTO 16/7/98 TV AND RADIO PRESENTER ZOE BALL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 1998 BBC TOYBOX GOOD TOY AWARDS AT LONDON ZOO.
Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball celebrates with a bottle of champagne during a photocall in London this morning (Monday) after she became the first female DJ to present the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show alone.
‘Live & Kicking’ presenter Jamie Theakston gets to grips with his new job, after he signed up to take over the BBC Radio 1 Sunday lunchtime show vacated by outgoing DJ Lisa I’Anson. Theakston, 27, will present the Sunday lunchtime show from April 4.
New Radio One Breakfast Show presenter Mark Radcliffe (left) acts the lad as he shares an early pint with his sidekick Marc ‘Lard’ Riley in Manchester this morning (Thursday). Radcliffe takes over the crucial slot following the controversial termination of Chris Evans’ contract earlier this week.
Sara Cox smiles in London, after she was named as the replacement for best pal Zoe Ball as host of the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show. Zoe Ball is leaving the show to concentrate on starting a family with husband Norman Cook, alias dance music star Fatboy Slim.
Radio One DJ Zoe Ball with husband Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim, leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London after broadcasting her Breakfast Show for the last time Friday.