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Radio 1 Launch Day


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Tony Blackburn and Leslie Crowther on Saturday 30th September 1967.


1) The first show; 2) Thumbs up - Tony seems happy!

3) At 8.32 AM its over to Leslie Crowther and 'Junior Choice'.





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First ever news on Radio's 1 & 2

The Countdown to Radio 1  

First Record is 'Flowers in the Rain' by The Move

Tony threatens to Smash your Transistor Radio!

Playing the new releases

New Parking restrictions in Harrogate

Chatting with Simon Dee

All the star names, and "Thanks for Listening"


Meanwhile on Radio 2....


 NEW ABC Launch  Day Interview with Tony Blackburn in 1967


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Complete List of Records Played on the First BBC Radio 1 Show


Date; Saturday 30.09.67

Time; 07:00 - 08:30

Programme; Daily Disc Delivery

Producer; Johnny Beerling

Presenter; Tony Blackburn.


Transmission; Radio 1 - 247 metres 1214Khz;

Tx; Brighton, Brookmans Park, Burghead, Droitwich, Fareham, Hull, Lisnagarvey, Londonderry, Moorside Edge, Newcastle, Plymouth, Postwick, Redmoss, Redruth, Washford, Westerglen. 

1         Beefeaters; John Dankworth (Programme's theme)

2         Flowers In The Rain; The Move

3         Massachusetts; The Bee Gees

4         Even The Bad Times Are Good; The Tremeloes

5         Fakin' It; Simon & Garfunkel

6         The Day I Met Marie; Cliff Richard

7         You Can't Hurry Love; The Supremes

8         The Last Waltz; Engelbert Humperdink

9         Baby Now That I've Found You; The Foundations

10       Good Times; Eric Burdon and the Animals

11        A Banda; Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

12        I Feel Love Comin' On; Felice Taylor (record review)

13        How Can I Be Sure; Young Rascals (record review)

14        Major To Minor; The Settlers (record review)

15        Homburg; Procol Harum (record review)

16        You Keep Running Away; The Four Tops (record review)

17        Let's Go To San Francisco; The Flower Pot Men

18        Handy Man; Jimmy Jones (revived 45)

19        You Know What I Mean; The Turtles

20        The House That Jack Built; The Alan Price Set

21        Excerpt From A Teenage Opera; Keith West

22        Reflections; Diana Ross and the Supremes

23        King Midas In Reverse; The Hollies

24        Ode To Billy Joe; Bobby Gentry

25        Then He Kissed Me; The Crystals

26        Anything Goes; Harpers Bizarre

27        The Letter; The Box Tops

28        Beefeaters; John Dankworth



Launch Day Listings Saturday 30th September 1967



Comments (5)

5/5 (1)
peter (newcastle) says...
Isn't it Jimmy Jones and not Jimmy James?
Good trip down Memory Lane.
29th September 2017 12:20pm
Robin Rushton (Milton Keynes) says...
I still have my original copy of the Radio Times for the Sept 30th Radio One start.I might post a short video on FB featuring the opening pages!
26th September 2017 6:11am
Lyn (Newport) says...
Just listening to Pick of the Pops from 1967 and remember hearing Tony Blackburn playing the Move as the first record on Radio One when I was 10. My sisters and I were sat in the back of my Dad's car with a transistor. Paul Gambaccini just played Flowers In the Rain and not a mention of it being the first record ever played on the new station 49 years ago this week.
24th September 2016 2:02pm
keith (Morpeth) says...
Pity we cant go back!!Fantastic music,great DJs,fun jingles.What more could we ask for.I looked forward to all the shows,and they really put some happiness into listening.Good times.
14th May 2016 10:59am
Nigel (Tissington) says...
Thanks everso much for uploading this, it was great to hear it again after almost fifty years! I remember originally hearing it through an earphone as I was at boarding school and radios couldn't be played until after 8am on Saturdays. When I received my Radio 1 Club membership card I was proud to see I was member number 247, which was coincidentally the same number as Radio 1's MW wavelength! On reflection, I wonder if that was what caused my fetish for numbers, such as my purchased ... Read More
13th December 2015 11:00pm
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