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Tony Blackburn


The son of a doctor from Guildford, Tony Blackburn was the first DJ to broadcast on Radio 1 when it launched in September 1967. He spent 17 years at the station and also presented Top of the Popsand was a weekly fixture on Noel’s House Party.

Prior to all that, he had broadcast on Radio Caroline and then Radio London.

After Radio 1, he was one of the launch presenters on Capital Gold. He has also hosted Radio 2’sPick Of The Pops as well as regular bank holiday specials for the stations.