Buon compleanno Radio 1,2,3 e 4! Esattamente 40 anni fa, nel weekend di fine settembre del 1967, sull’onda del trascinante fenomeno delle radio pirata e del loro impatto sul pubblico più giovane, la BBC sostituiva i programmi del Light Programme con Radio 1 e 2, mentre il Third Programme diventava Radio 3 e l’Home Service Radio 4. Per le celebrazioni, anticipate in questo lancio Reuters, potete andare sui siti che le quattro emittenti (Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 e Radio 4) hanno allestito per l’occasione.
BBC radio stations celebrate 40th anniversary
Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:55am BST
LONDON (Reuters) – BBC radio stations 1, 2, 3 and 4 celebrated their 40th anniversary on Sunday by broadcasting a series of special programmes as some of the corporation’s former disc jockeys made a nostalgic return to the airwaves.
The BBC launched Radios 1 and 2 on September 30, 1967 as a replacement for the Light Programme, while the Third Programme became Radio 3 and the Home Service was renamed Radio 4.
Sunday’s celebrations for Radio 1 included the outspoken Chris Moyles, who has called himself the saviour of the station, co-hosting the breakfast show with Tony Blackburn, who launched Radio 1 in 1967.
A two-hour documentary “Keeping it Peel” pays tribute to the veteran broadcaster, who championed new music trends like punk, before his death three years ago.
Radio 1 has enjoyed a renaissance since managers dropped many older presenters in the 1990s.
“Radio 1 is still seen as the best radio station in the world,” former disc jockey Bruno Brookes told BBC News 24. “It’s a brand that isn’t going to go away – it’s got a great future.”
Radio 2 broadcast Kenny Everett’s first show for the station while DJs Smashie and Nicey — the comic creation of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse — will host an edition of Pick of the Pops playing hits from 40 years ago.
The show is a tribute to DJ Alan “Fluff” Freeman who originally presented the show.
On Radio 4 comedian Matthew Lucas and actor Stephen Fry will host a spoof edition of “This is Your Life” telling the history of the station, with contributions from broadcasters John Humphrys, Sue Lawley, Jonathan Dimbleby and Barry Cryer.