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Timeline - 1973




Scene & Heard was moved to a Friday 7pm slot until September when it was heard on Thursdays, when the show was dropped.

Disc Jockeys and the slang terms they use were criticized  at a teachers conference for introducing youngsters to a new language - 'Deejayese'. A delegate said the language was spreading among a growing army of 'trannie tots' - children who take transistor radios everywhere. One teacher recalled how she asked the children at her school if they would like to pray for anyone who was ill. "One little boy asked if he could have a 'mensh' (Jimmy Young uses to mean mention) for Auntie Dora who fell down the stairs and broke her leg".



Noel Edmonds took over the 7-9.00am weekday Breakfast Show and Tony Blackburn moved over to a 9.00 - 12 midday slot.

Johnnie Walker was on-air from 12.00-2.00pm followed by the new daily D.J. David Hamilton.


Dave Lee Travis and Alan Freeman lost their daily shows, and Jimmy Young moved exclusively to Radio 2 with a show interviewing politicians with consumer help.


Vincent Price introduced 'Sounds of the Seventies' for several editions.


Radio 1 club was rested for the summer period and replaced by the new Radio 1 Roadshow with Alan Freeman, Rosko, Dave Lee Travis, Ed Stewart and Stuart Henry.


Newsbeat was launched at 12.30pm on the Johnnie Walker programme, with another edition at 5.30pm during the Radio 1 Club/Rosko's Round Table. The show was first introduced by Ed Stewart and later Laurie Mayer and Richard Skinner.


Ed Stewart was told to stop playing records on Junior choice for 'little Jimmy who had just passed his 11 plus'. The BBC made the decision because an education group felt it May upset pupils who had failed the exam. It also told the BBC that children in comprehensive areas were left confused since they has no idea what the 11-plus was.


7th April - Blues legend Alexis Korner replaced the former 2 hour 'D.J. try-out' slot.

He began with a documentary 'the Rolling Stones Story' which included an interview by producer Jeff Griffin with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Also on Saturdays 'the Beatles Story' (rpt) and Elton John. In September, Alan Freeman narrated 'The Story of Pop'  

These shows were followed by Johnnie Moran.

 June - Alan Freeman launched a new show at 3pm with Album track requests.

September - Sounds of the 70's was extended to Saturdays, with Pete Drummond in the 10pm to midnight slot.



April 8th saw total separation from 10am - 6pm when the popular 'Family Favourites' was not relayed on Radio 1 247m (Radio 2 only). 

The Sunday line-up from April included;

8.30am Junior Choice

10.00am Brain Matthews with 'my Top 10' where personalities were invited.

11.00am Noel Edmonds Sunday show (until June - then replaced by DLT)

1pm Kenny Everett, recorded at his home in Wales.

7pm Ed Stuart's Sunday Sport

September - Jimmy Savile's 'Speakeasy' was rested after four years.

21st October saw a new programme, Jimmy Savile's Double Top Ten show, replacing Kenny Everett's recorded show.



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