BBC Plans and Radio One Opening
At the end of July 1967 the BBC unveiled its long-
Radio One was the new pop music station.
Radio Two a revamped Light Programme.
Radio Three a classical music and speech channel, replacing the Third Programme.
Radio Four was to carry the Home Service speech and news programmes.
It was claimed that 60 hours a week of extra broadcasting would result from the sweeping changes to be introduced at the end of September 1967.
Radio One opening
The much heralded replacement for the offshore stations, BBC Radio One was launched on 30th September 1967. The station, which had been carved out of the BBC Light Programme (now itself re-
The new station's Controller, Robin Scott, announced his DJ line up on 4th September which included fourteen from the offshore stations, the majority coming from Radio London. It was also revealed that the station would carry jingles, station identifications and promotions for other shows -
On 30th September the old Light Programme opened as usual at 5.30am and continued until just before 7.00am when former Caroline South and Radio London DJ Tony Blackburn launched the new BBC pop station.
Despite all the hype and promises that Radio One would be a replacement for the offshore stations it soon became apparent, even on that first day of broadcasting that it had retained much of the programming style of the old BBC Light Programme and it even simulcast many of the programmes which were intended primarily for Radio Two's older and less pop orientated audience.
A look at the opening day's programme schedule illustrates this perfectly:-
7.00am The Tony Blackburn Breakfast Show -
8.30am Junior Choice -
9.55am Crack the Clue hosted by former Radio London DJ, Duncan Johnson. A poor attempt to imitate the Caroline Cash Casino type of competition and without the big money prize!
10.00am Saturday Club -
12 noon Midday Spin hosted by former Caroline South DJ, Emperor Rosko, the second (of only two) all record programmes in the Radio One schedule.
1.00pm The Jack Jackson Show another legacy of the Light Programme, a mixture of big band music and comedy inserts.
1.55pm Crack the Clue (repeat of the morning programme)
2.00pm Where It's At, a magazine style programme, again from the old Light Programme, hosted by former Radio London DJ, Chris Denning.
3.00pm Best of Newly Pressed, another Light Programme show playing new release records which were exempt from needle time restrictions.
4.00pm The Pete Brady Show, an ex-
5.30pm Country Meets Folk, as its name implies a specialist music programme, not for Top 40 radio.
6.30pm Scene and Heard another topical pop magazine programme
7.30pm Radio One then carried Radio Two's output until its closedown at 2.00am which included "Caterina Valente Sings", "Pete's People" introduced by Pete Murray with studio guests and live performances and "Night Ride" introduced by Sean Kelly, consisting largely of film soundtrack music, live guest performances and other non-
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Listen to the opening of BBC Radio 1 with Tony Blackburn