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28.11.03


BBC LONDON


Robbie Vincent returns to BBC London 94.9FM


The legendary Robbie Vincent pays a return visit this Christmas to the station where he launched his career when he comes into the BBC London 94.9FM studio to take on four programmes for the Jon Gaunt show.


Robbie will first be heard on BBC London 94.9FM on Friday 5 December from Noon to 3.00pm when he stands in for Robert Elms.


He'll then be back in the last week of December to stand in for Jon Gaunt in the mornings (9.00am-Noon) from Monday 29 December through to New Year's Eve and again on Friday 2 January 2004.


Fresh from a year spent travelling, Robbie is really looking forward to coming back to BBC London.


He was one of the pioneers on BBC Radio London 30 years ago, hosting one of radio's first live phone-in shows and playing devil's advocate with the listener.


He says: "I'm raring to go and really looking forward to meeting the London audience again and to returning to the radio station I have haunted for all these years."


Alongside his broadcasting on BBC Radio London, Robbie joined Radio 1 in 1983 to front the popular Saturday evening weekend soul shows which were carried on FM.


He was one of the few radio presenters in the UK to have interviewed Marvin Gaye.


Later moving to Sunday nights, he presented until 1989, playing jazz-funk with artists like Rick James, the Fatback Band, Brass Construction, Funkadelic, Crusaders, Ronnie Laws and Eddie Henderson.


During the Eighties Robbie Vincent was seen on British TV screens when he co-hosted BBC Television's Hospital Watch and Go for It.


He was one of the voices of LBC for more than a decade in the late Eighties and Nineties where his night-time phone-in show was one of the highest rated programmes on the station.


He left in 1998 to join Jazz FM where he remained until 2002.


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