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In 1977 Radio 1 management decided that a Week Out would provide an extra opportunity for listeners in UK regions to meet their favourite DJ's. Here we sample some of the weeks that were...


The first Week Out in February saw the transfer of the entire daytime output of Radio 1 moving from London to Manchester with 'Radio 1 in the North West'.


All Star Football Match


Kicking off with a Sunday football match between the DJ's of BBC Radio Manchester and Radio 1, the week continued with eleven hours per day of live programmes presented from temporary studios or radio cars throughout the North West area.

 Radio 1 Football team, 1979



David Hamilton (right) live from WH Smith

David Hamilton (right) live from WH Smith


WH Smith


Noel Edmond's breakfast show came from Forton Service restaurant on the M6 Junction 33. Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis and David  Hamilton's shows were staged in the shop window of W.H. Smith's in Manchester's new Arndale Centre. Paul Burnett broadcast 'Worker's Playtime' style shows live from both Pilkington's and Kellogg's factory canteens.


The proceeds from the 1977 football match and discos was given to the Variety Club of Great Britain, a charity aiming to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. During this first week 6,000 was raised, resulting in the purchase of two new Sunshine Coaches for children's homes in the North West.


More Weeks Out


The BBC didn't stop with the North West; future 'Weeks Out' included in November 1977 a Week in the North East based at Newcastle and...


1978 - A Week in the South; based in Portsmouth, with a football match against BBC Radio Solent. Here new boy Andy Peebles was heard for the first time on Radio 1. Disco fever was caught by the DJs at the Locarno Portsmouth and Southampton's Royal Pier.


Noel Edmonds accepts donated Easter Eggs 1978.

Noel Edmonds distributes donated Easter Eggs


Plus a Week in Scotland based in Glasgow. The week included an 'Easter Egg In' where listeners were asked to donate unwanted Easter eggs for Children's Homes in the area.


Simon Bates and Peter Powell near HMS Victory 1978.

Simon Bates and Peter Powell shiver

your timbers next to HMS Victory in

Portsmouth harbour.


Southern Weeks Out Programme 1978.

Programme for the Southern Weeks

Out football match, 1978.


1979 - by now Radio 1 listeners had helped to  raise 150,000 for the Variety Club who held two meals in London and Manchester for the Children to celebrate and meet Radio 1 Disc Jockeys.


 Jimmy Savile with child at VCGB party 1979


Peter Powell with child at VCGB party 1979

Jimmy Savile (top) and Peter Powell

meet some of the children who make

it all worthwhile

Flyer for Week in South Wales, 1979.


The year also saw a Week in South Wales with a temporary radio studio built in Allders, Queen Street Cardiff. The charity match against Radio Wales was played at Ninian Park, with discos held at Top Ranks in Swansea and Cardiff, with a special 'junior disco' at Bindles Ballroom in Barry. Noel Edmonds presented a huge cake to patients in the Prince of Wales Orthopaedic Hospital.


1981 - A Week in Scotland found shows live from Dundee, Glenrothes, Livingston, Kirkaldy and Dalkeith. A football match was held between BBC Scotland and two Great Radio 1 Disco Shows took place. Here, Dave Lee Travis was spotted dressed as Darth Vadar; Paul Burnett, Peter Powell and Simon Bates wore Navy uniforms - Simon's was bright pink - and Tony Blackburn danced whilst wearing a Brownie uniform.


Paul Burnett and Peter Powell 1981

Paul Burnett and Peter Powell

'in the Navy' during a Radio 1 Disco


1984 - 500,000 had been raised for charities including Children in Need. Gary Davies broadcast a live 2 hour show from Crystal Palace where 100 children from special schools and homes had been invited to a celebration party.


1987 - A Week Out in Aberdeen with Gary Davies at a haggis hurling competition, and Steve Wright collecting Easter Eggs for the children of Aberdeen. The Great Radio 1 Disco saw the DJs swapping their kilts to appear on stage as Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Prince!

DJs get all dressed up for Scotland 1987.

L-R Gary Davies, Simon Bates,

Bruno Brookes, Johnny Beerling, Steve

Wright and Mike Read get all dressed

up for Scotland.

Gary Davies and Simon Bates meet 'protestors'.


Gary Davies and Simon Bates meet

some haggis hurling protestors!


Radio Car outside Pilkington's 1977.

Radio Car outside Pilkington's

glass factory, 1977.



Radio 1 and its generous audience successfully raised huge funds for young disabled and disadvantaged children, resulting in the opening of a Childrens' Ward at Kings College Hospital  London, buying of Sunshine Coaches, and providing outward bound holidays for all sorts of young people.




On Radio Rewind;

Campaigns & O.B's

Breakfast Show

Radio 1 Club


Fun Days

Live Aid 1985

External links;

Variety Club Children's Charity






Dave Lloyd, from Liverpool wrote to Radio Rewind;


"I remember when Radio 1 came to Liverpool for a week in 1981/2 where the station came down to publicise its new transmitter on 271 metres. I wasn't that much into the station at that time, but can vaguely remember a week of programmes and roadshows from this time".  

"About 15 years later I boarded a local bus with a big rapidly fading mini poster on the drivers door with Radio 1, the big 1 logo on it and underneath 271! What we'd give for a shot of this one!" 



Photographs; BBC, Sunday Mail, Johnny Beerling, Tony Miles.


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Richard Thompson (Birmingham) says...
Radio 1 had a week in Birmingham in 1980
21st January 2016 6:50pm
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