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Annie Nightingale looks back at her move from print to broadcasting and how she overcame a sexist BBC to become the first female DJ.

Annie Nightingale takes us through the six decades of her broadcasting career, sharing memories of hanging out with the biggest stars in pop music, including Paul McCartney, Keith Moon, Bowie and The Police, and introducing clips of her most remarkable interviews from TV and radio. Annie will play her favourite songs, and take us on a wonderful musical journey from the Beatles to Ibiza, the Who to London Grammar. This will be Compulsory Listening for anyone who loves music.
In this episode Annie looks back at making the move from print to broadcasting, and how she overcame a sexist BBC to become the first female DJ.
It's 1965 and music journo Annie gets her own national TV show That's For Me. She champions The Who, The Yardbirds and Georgie Fame and the show is her intro to The Ad Lib club and Swinging London. 1965 was the kick off point, and then followed three zenith years of Super Sixties Britain - 1965-67. For Annie Nightingale, from being a local reporter in Brighton, writing about music and being a fan, 1965 was the year she felt she had something to contribute. ITV's That's For Me, sister show to Ready Steady Go! allowed Annie to choose the artists, some of whom were making their very first tv appearance: The Who, with the first ever pop video for I Can't Explain; and The Yardbirds, which launched the careers of Britain's most famous rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Other bands on the series included The Moody Blues, with Go Now, and Georgie Fame with Yeh Yeh.

57 minutes

Last on

Wed 15 Jul 2015 22:00

Music Played

  • Perfecto Allstarz

    Reach Up (Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag)

  • The Byrds

    Mr Tambourine Man

  • The Beatles

    Day Tripper

  • The Rolling Stones

    The Last Time

  • The Who

    Anyway Anyhow Anywhere

  • The Beatles

    Twist and Shout

  • Manfred Mann


  • Quincy Jones

    Soul Bossa Nova

  • The Beatles

    Strawberry Fields Forever

  • The Beatles

    Happiness Is A Warm Gun

  • The Beatles

    Within You Without You

  • The Beatles

    Revolution No.9

  • George Harrison

    Hear Me Lord

  • The Beatles

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  • The Byrds

    Eight Miles High

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    All Along The Watchtower

  • The Who

    We’re Not Gonna Take It

  • King Crimson

    21st Century Schizoid Man (incl. Mirrors)

  • Kanye West


  • Fleetwood Mac

    Oh Well

  • Led Zeppelin

    Black Dog

  • Black Sabbath


  • Alice Cooper

    Schools Out

  • David Bowie

    Space Oddity

  • T. Rex

    20th Century Boy

  • The Rolling Stones


  • The Rolling Stones

    Star Star

  • Jeff Beck

    Dehind The Veil

  • The Who

    Won’t Get Fooled Again

  • The Who

    Baba O’Riley


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Annie Nightingale on 50 years of broadcasting