Black­burn re­turns to cel­e­brate Ra­dio 1’s birth­day

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RA­DIO 1 is turn­ing 50 – and its first DJ has been back to cel­e­brate.

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

The spe­cial break­fast show was part of a three-day ret­ro­spec­tive planned by sta­tion chiefs.

A three-day, dig­i­tal pop-up ra­dio sta­tion will broad­cast hour-long, nos­tal­gic shows made up of archive material.

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. It’s not some­thing you for­get too eas­ily be­cause it was very spe­cial.

“I came in at about 6 o’clock in the morn­ing and we opened up the sta­tion at 7 o’clock.”

The pop-up, three-day dig­i­tal ra­dio sta­tion, dubbed Ra­dio 1 Vin­tage, will fea­ture archive clips from Noel Ed­monds, the late John Peel and Kenny Everett, Zoe Ball, Chris Moyles and more.

Grimshaw and Black­burn’s show – also air­ing on Ra­dio 2 – will fea­ture pre­vi­ous Ra­dio 1 DJs as guests, archive con­tent and hit records from over the years.

Flow­ers In The Rain by The Move, the first song played on Ra­dio 1, will also fea­ture dur­ing a spe­cial broad­cast.

Sta­tion con­troller Ben Cooper said: “Ra­dio 1 is one of the most fa­mous ra­dio sta­tions in the world – it has a connection with this country and with peo­ple grow­ing up and that is some­thing that I hope peo­ple can en­joy for those three days with Ra­dio 1 Vin­tage.”

Ra­dio 1 Vin­tage will be avail­able live on dig­i­tal, on­line and via BBC iPlayer Ra­dio and UK Ra­dio Player.

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