CELEB Sta­tion marks 50 years

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TONY Black­burn helped Ra­dio 1 cel­e­brate its 50th birth­day and joked of his broad­cast “why isn’t Ra­dio 4 tak­ing this for good­ness sake?!”

Black­burn, 74, the in­au­gu­ral host of the break­fast show in 1967, re­turned to the sta­tion with cur­rent in­cum­bent Nick Grimshaw.

Sat­ur­day’s spe­cial break­fast show aired on Ra­dio 1 and Ra­dio 2, but Black­burn quipped that more sta­tions should be broad­cast­ing the pro­gramme.

“We should be on more (sta­tions),” he said. “I mean, why isn’t Ra­dio 4 tak­ing this for good­ness sake? 6 Mu­sic, Ra­dio 1 Xtra, Ra­dio 3! The whole lot. A com­plete takeover.”

He and Grimshaw were joined by DJs Sara Cox, Si­mon Mayo and Mike Read for the show.

They played tracks by ev­ery­one from the Vil­lage Peo­ple to Kanye West and Pri­mal Scream to Madonna.

Grimshaw dis­missed sug­ges­tions that younger lis­ten­ers could be put off by hav­ing older mu­sic and DJs on the show.

“Young peo­ple are more in tune with mu­sic ... be­cause it’s more avail­able,” he said.

“Kids are aware of mu­sic from all dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions be­cause you can lis­ten to it on YouTube or Spo­tify. There are so many dif­fer­ent ways to ac­cess it,” he told BBC Break­fast.

On the ra­dio pro­gramme, Black­burn told how he ac­ci­den- tally put the phone down on Frank Si­na­tra when the singing leg­end once called the break­fast show.

“I said ‘very funny’ and put the phone down, but it was ac­tu­ally Frank”, he said.

Lis­ten­ers ap­proved of the cel­e­bra­tion.

@Zaka­reeeeHurst wrote: “Ra­dio 1 are play­ing ab­so­lute bangers to­day.”

@Dig­i­talFe­line wrote: “Lov­ing the idea of my 81-year-old mother lis­ten­ing to Jay Z and Kanye West when she turns on Ra­dio 2 this morn­ing.” But not all were happy. @mrqict wrote: “Lis­ten­ing to Ra­dio 1 vin­tage/50 years of. Switched off when Sara Cox an­nounced ‘Mike Read has his gui­tar...”’

And some were sur­prised to find Grimshaw on Ra­dio 2 air­waves.

Black­burn said that when he ut­tered the first words on Ra­dio 1, he had no doubt the sta­tion would last the course.

“When I opened it up, I thought this is go­ing to go on for­ever – I thought it would go on for a long, long time,” he told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I re­mem­ber the first broad­cast like it was yes­ter­day.”

A three-day, dig­i­tal pop-up ra­dio sta­tion is also broad­cast­ing hour-long, nos­tal­gic shows made up of ar­chive ma­te­rial as part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Tony Black­burn arrives at BBC New Broad­cast­ing House in Lon­don as Ra­dio 1 cel­e­brates 50 years of the sta­tion

LIVE Sat­ur­day morn­ing chil­dren’s TV has re­turned – with its hosts en­cour­ag­ing view­ers to “throw away” their home­work. Sat­ur­day Mash-Up! made its de­but on BBC2 and CBBC, with Ra­dio 1Xtra’s Yas­min Evans, pic­tured, and pre­sen­ter Jonny Nel­son, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of chil­dren’s TV stars Chris Tar­rant, Cat Dee­ley and Noel Ed­monds.

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