David Byrne may have been born in a house with the television always on, but I was born in a house with the radio always on, mainly, in my case, Radio One. Its seemingly constant backdrop of the latest pop music combined with the chatter of friendly familiar voices very much formed part of the scenery of my childhood and teenage years, so this comprehensive history of the station from 1967 – 1995 really struck a chord with me. I suppose the seventies was my peak listening time – Johnnie Walker, DLT, Simon Bates, Noel Edmonds and Fluff Freeman were all household names in their own right, with an almost ubiquitous presence spilling over into Top of the Pops on television, where you finally discovered what the faces behind the voices looked like! On into the eighties, and although my listening was by now more sporadic I still recall Mike Read, Mike Smith, Gary Davies, Peter Powell and Tommy Vance – and of course the ongoing annual event of the summer roadshow (anyone remember the mileage game and the Bits and Pieces quiz?). By the time of the great cull of the old guard in the early nineties, as the BBC chased their perpetual holy grail of a younger audience, I was long gone and my allegiances eventually over the years drifted towards Radio 2, which essentially gradually morphed into what Radio 1 used to be. I really enjoyed reading this book – it’s very well researched and put together and traces the history of the station from its inception to the end of, for me, the real Radio One in the mid nineties, and most of the main players of the era are interviewed or at least quoted. If, like me, you were an avid listener you’ll enjoy reading this and reliving those days when the DJs were often as famous and sought after as the pop stars themselves and Radio One was indeed ‘Onederful’.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Reliving their youth.
One thing you’ve learned
I suppose Steve Wright is the great one survivor of those years, making a successful transition to Radio Two and still getting big audiences for his daily afternoon show to this day.