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Blackburn's back at BBC London 94.9FM

Category : BBC London
Date : 03.03.2004

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Tony Blackburn is coming home to BBC London 94.9 next week when he starts a new Monday evening Soul Show (8.00-10.00pm from 8 March).

His new shows will combine his passion for music with the familiar conversational style and interactivity that millions of fans will recognise.


The show will revive memories of Tony's legendary mid-morning Soul Show on BBC Radio London in the late Eighties.


From 17 April, Tony will also present a second show on BBC London 94.9 when he launches his Saturday lunchtime (Noon-2.00pm) programme, a mix of the soul music for which he has become renowned, as well as phone calls and guests.


Tony says: "I'm delighted to be coming back to the fastest growing speech and music station in London.


"It's been a few years since I last had a show on BBC London radio and I'm thrilled to be returning to such a success story."

Managing Editor of BBC London 94.9FM, David Robey, said: "Tony is a household legend - and deservedly so.


"He has re-invented himself so successfully over 40 years at the top of the business.


"Our listeners will love his unmistakeable voice, his passion for soul music and his unique sense of humour.


Tony Blackburn first joined BBC Radio London in 1984 where he introduced the first ever soul programme in the UK.


Probably the best known DJ in Britain, he re-invented himself to a whole new audience when he was crowned King of the Jungle in I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! last year.


Tony has 36 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.


He is also in the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.


He has made numerous television appearances over the years, including hosting his own show Time For Blackburn in 1969.


He is well remembered for compering the BBC's world famous Top Of The Pops from the late Sixties and throughout the Seventies.


He continues to make regular guest appearances on a wide range of television shows.



Category : BBC London
Date : 03.03.2004

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