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Annie Nightingale


A Young Anne Nightingale



Annie in the Radio 1 Studio 1979

Joining BBC Radio 1 in 1970, former newspaper journalist Annie Nightingale was  the UK's first female national radio DJ, the station for which she still broadcasts.

She also became a well known TV presenter, hosting BBC TV's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' between 1978-82.

She is known for her husky voice and her greeting of 'Hi....'. One of her greatest successes on radio was her 'Sunday Night Request Show', which became a cult hit programme that ran for 12 years from 1982-1994. Annie's Sunday Afternoon Request Show theme was an instrumental "East St. Louis Toodle-oo" by Steely Dan. Annie has also broadcast for BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Radio 5, British Forces Broadcasting worldwide, and was Britain's only broadcaster at Live Aid Philadelphia in 1985.

Annie has travelled extensively making music orientated TV and radio documentaries, including an around the world trip with The Police, programmes from Russia, Romania, The middle East and the United States.

Her long time partner and husband Binky Baker is famous for having poured a port and brandy over Tony Blackburn's head during a Mallory Park fun day. He later released a rather unfavourable record about the DJ titled 'Toe Knee Black Burn' which ended with the words 'burn Tony Black!'.

Annie received an MBE for services to radio broadcasting in the 2001 New Years Honours.

Since 1997 she has presented a BBC Radio 1 show playing 'nu skool breaks', future funk and tech-house music for clubbers returning home. Originally aired 4am Sunday mornings, in July 2004 it was moved to 1am on Fridays.

The show is popular with listeners from as far afield as Tokyo and Australia.



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Annie on a Thursday 'What's New' Show


Sunday Afternoon Theme - East St. Louis Toodle-oo - Steely Dan.


The following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 10th November 1985

Richard Skinner hands over to Annie

Andy hasn't yet met Dana

Bet with Bates

Fast Postcard

What's wrong with Jane


The following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 1st December 1985

Start of Sunday request show (Dec 1985)

more from Show Dec 1985


The following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 23rd February 1986

Richard Skinner hands over to Annie the Godfather!

Dolphins can train a Man!

Freddie mercury - was he Lord Lucan


The following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 7th December 1986

Bruno hands over to Annie

(I wasn't here you know)

Annie's 'little voice prattling away'

A Lisa Joke



Ode to Annie by Mark Evans (mp3 32kbps)


Start of a Chill-Out Zone Show c1997

Trail for 4am Sunday Show



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