Radio: Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn is a veteran radio presenter and disc jockey whose career began on the Pirate Radio ships operating outside British territorial waters in the 1960's. When the pirate stations were closed down by the British government, Blackburn moved to BBC Radio One on its establishment in 1967. In fact, he presented the very first show on Radio One and was the first voice to be heard. (the first song played was The Move's Flowers in the Rain).

He left the BBC in the early 1980's when it was thought that his style of presenting was too old-fashioned for a youth-oriented radio station. Spurning the usual career move to the BBC's Radio Two, the haven for superannuated Radio One DJ's, Blackburn was lost to most of the country when he opted to go to local commercial radio. His avuncular cheesey style of presenting made him a natural butt for humour and parody, notably by comedians like The Goodies and Harry Enfield. (the Smashy and Nicey radio DJ characters are a portmanteau of old BBC presenters, including Blackburn).

Blackburn has finally returned to the BBC, presenting nostalgia show Pick of the Pops on Radio Two, appealing to older fans who remember him in his radio heyday.

This radio presenter's career involves examples of the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody (just about): Smashey. Or Nicey. Most probably Nicey.
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: Blackburn's career began on the pirate radio ships Radio Caroline South and subsequently Radio London.
  • Creator Breakdown: Blackburn's on-air breakdown following a messy separation from his wife.
  • Jingle: Blackburn's current Saturday afternoon music nostalgia show is the perfect venue for dusting down and airing his original radio jingles from the Sixties and Seventies.