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BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station, specialising in popular music aimed at a young audience (i.e. children, teenagers and young adults). Radio 1 was launched on September 30, 1967 as a direct response to the popularity of the illegal pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline. The initial rota of staff included the legendary John Peel (still with the station) and a gaggle of others, often hired from pirates, such as Ed Stewart[?], Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young, Dave Cash[?], Kenny Everett, Pete Murray[?], and Bob Holness[?].

The first DJ to broadcast on the new station was Tony Blackburn[?], whose (sometimes sickeningly) cheery style won him the prime slot on what became known as the "breakfast show". The first record played on Radio 1 was Flowers in the Rain by The Move[?]. The breakfast programme remains the most prized slot in the Radio 1 schedules, with every change of presenter exciting considerable media interest.

Radio 1 is notable for the range of music it plays. While most commercial stations concentrate on a particular theme, such as 1980s music or 'classic rock', Radio 1 plays a diverse mix of current songs, including independent/alternative, rock, house/electronica and rap.

Current presenters on this chart station still include the timeless John Peel as well as Steve Lamacq, Colin Murray[?], Mary Anne Hobbs[?], and Mike Davis[?], who all host their own respective rock and indie orientated shows. Also in the station's stable are R&B, garage[?] and rap supremos such as Tim Westwood, The Dreem Teem[?] and Trevor Nelson[?]. Club DJs Pete Tong[?], Judge Jules, and Seb Fontaine[?], amongst many others all present their own weekend dance shows. With these music specialists presenting in the evenings, the daytime schedules are mostly taken up by less specialised, more mainstram shows primarily hosted by Sara Cox[?] at breakfast, Jo Whiley[?], Mark Radcliffe[?], half of Mark and Lard[?] (also known as the Shirehorses), Chris Moyles[?], Scott Mills[?] and Dave Pearce[?].



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