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Ray Moore

02.01.43- 11.01.89



Ray campaigned for Children in Need during the 1980s. His annual sponsored runs raised thousands of pounds for the Charity.


Following listener demand, Ray had UK chart success with his hilarious singles O' My Father Had A Rabbit' in 1986 and the 'Bog Eyed Jog' in 1987 raising funds for Children in Need.


Ray published in 1988 an autobiography called 'Tomorrow is Too Late'


In 1989 he was awarded Outstanding Personal Contribution to Radio award from the Broadcasting Press Guild.










Photo copyright Women's Weekly





Ray Moore

The unforgettable king of early mornings on Radio 2, Ray's voice and personality is fondly remembered by so many of his former listeners.

Early Days

Born in Liverpool in 1942 Ray started out as an actor and was first heard over the airways in 1962 when, whilst still a teenager he worked as continuity announcer for Granada, Tyne Tees and BBC Manchester. By 1966 he was heard on Radio 2's predecessor, the Light Programme, where he compered Pop North. At the launch of Radio 2 in 1967, he was an announcer and newsreader for the station. The next year Ray was regularly heard as one of the presenters of the weekday Breakfast Special show at the station.


Early Breakfast

In 1973 Ray went freelance and in 1975 he was heard fronting the early breakfast show 6-7am. He wasn't made permanent until 1980 when the show was extended to 5-7.30 am.


Ray Moore presents the Radio 2 early show

Photograph from 'Tomorrow is too Late' by Ray Moore.

Here, he chatted about  Pat 'n' Mick, Ikky the Firebobby, Harold Hairbrush, the Boggarts scurrying about and the goings on behind the BBC announcer's bike shed! Travel reports invariably included references to 'Gatport Airwick" and 'abominable loads'. His cheeky daily handover chat to Terry Wogan is fondly remembered.


Throughout the 70's and 80's Ray's commanding voice was heard on hundreds of trails and announcements on British TV including Miss World, Come Dancing and the Eurovision Song Contest.


Ray passed away in January 1989, after a battle with cancer. His memorial service from All Souls Church was relayed on Radio 2.




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Audio BBC


1967 'Pop North' Intro (1967) (low quality)


Early Breakfast Theme

'Here, There & Everywhere' by Mike Leander

Trail for Brass Tacks BBC 1 Show

Interview with Karen Carpenter

NEW Early_Show 30.12.80  with weather & travel (15 mins)

1986 Oh, My Father Had a Rabbit

and he thought it was a duck

So he put it on the table with its legs cocked-up

It won a silver medal and it won a silver cup

For sitting on the table with its legs cocked-up


Ray took part in many Children in Need shows, and started the Bog Eyed Jog, where people from all over the country took part in runs, gathering at 5.30am on cold drizzly mornings to do their bit for the charity.

Gathering speed for the Children In Need - it's the

Bog-Eyed Jog 1987


On 'Wogan'  1987

Radio 2 Birthday Show 1987


 Do you have a recording of Ray's early show and be happy to share If so please contact us.


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