Tony Blackburn


Tony BlackburnBorn in Guildford, Surrey in 1943, Tony was educated at Millfield Public School in Somerset, and Bournemouth College.

The son of a doctor in Lilliput near Poole, Dorset, he made his first public appearance with the Ian Ralfini Dance Orchestra at the Bournemouth Pavilion while at College, and later appeared with various bands in hotels.

Having finished his education, Tony read in the music press that disc jockeys were wanted by a pirate radio station. He applied, got the job, and made his first radio appearance on 28th July 1964 on Radio Caroline South. In 1966, he joined Radio London.

Tony joined the BBC Light Programme in August 1967 and made his first broadcast on the "Midday Spin" programme. When BBC Radio One commenced broadcasting on 30th September 1967, Tony presented the daily "Breakfast Show", and was the first disc jockey on the new network. He hosted the "Breakfast Show" until Autumn 1977 when he took over the afternoon show for two years, followed by the Saturday morning programme. He remained with Radio One until 1984.

Tony then spent some time at BBC Radio London, before leaving to join Capital Radio on 2nd July 1988 to launch their new Capital Gold station. He can be heard weekdays on Drivetime between 4pm-8pm and on Saturdays at 12am -2pm.

Tony has thirty-six awards including, in 1989, the "Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio". He was also awarded the "Best Breakfast Show"  (Contemporary Music) by Sony Radio Awards in 1993 and "The Radio Academy Music and Media Award" for outstanding contribution to Music and Radio in 1997.

Tony has made numerous television appearances over the years, including the hosting of his own show "Time For Blackburn" in 1969. He is well remembered for compering BBC's world famous "Top Of The Pops" from the late 1960's to throughout the 1970's. He continues to make regular guest appearances on a wide range of television shows, including recently "Noel's House Party" on BBC 1 and countless others.

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