RADIO 2 IS 40!


To mark Radio 2's 40th Birthday, there was a special day of programming on 30 September. Terry Wogan introduced a variety of Radio 2 highlights from the past 40 years including a special recording of Pick Of The Pops With Smashie And Nicey; a previously ‘lost' live performance from Paul Simon; an edition of The Kenny Everett Radio Show; classic comedy from Round The Horne and the return of Paul Hollingdale, Ed Stewart and Michael Aspel to the network.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR 40th BIRTHDAY SHOWS!

As part of our birthday celebrations we also invited you to vote for your Ultimate Icon – an enduring personality that you believed best represented the past four decades. Find out who was awarded the accolade!

    See the original listings from Radio 2's first transmission day!
    1967 RADIO TIMES

    See pictures of the listings for Radio 2's first transmission in the Radio Times and see the schedule of our first day on the air!

    Listen to a preview clip of Smashie and Nicey
    SMASHIE & NICEY

    The duo presented a special recording of Pick Of The Pops - listen to our preview clip with the link below.

      Terry Wogan
      BIRTHDAY SCHEDULE

      Terry Wogan introduced a special day of Radio 2 programming on 30 September.

        See Jeremy Vine talk about his Ultimate Icon
        RADIO 2's ULTIMATE ICON

        See who was voted Radio 2's Ultimate Icon! Watch video of Radio 2 presenters talking about their own Ultimate Icons.

          60s Season
          RADIO 2 60s SEASON

          Discover a wealth of fascinating documentaries celebrating the music and culture of this influential decade.

            Let Ed Stewart know your Junior Choice memories!
            JUNIOR CHOICE

            On 30 September, Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart presented a special edition of Junior Choice. Let us know your Junior Choice memories!

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