A Tribute to Brian Matthew
Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 says: “Brian was one canada goose coats on sale of this country most popular and best loved presenters, delighting millions of Canada Goose Coats On Sale listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on Sounds of the 60s for 27 buy canada goose jacket years. On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and Canada Goose online our best wishes to his family at this difficult time.”
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, and former BBC Radio 2 Controller says: “Brian was a radio legend. For decades, his voice was the sound canada goose replica of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to canada goose clearance listeners on Sounds of the 60s with his wit and warmth. canada goose He will be sorely missed.”
Here we take a look at Brian Matthew’s illustrious broadcasting career
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He was one of the earliest pop music presenters on the BBC and his passion for music was always central to his work, ‘breaking’ new acts and introducing records and live studio performances. His early shows Saturday Skiffle Club and Easy Beat brought a new youth focus to programming, despite challenges to the format at the time.
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He presented on the Light Programme for a decade, before the station was split into Radio 1 canada goose clearance sale and 2.
Brian went on to present My Top Twelve on Radio 1, from 1973 onwards despite initially being a little unenthused by the station.
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Brian went on to a 12 year stint on Round Midnight. Recorded live, the show mixed light entertainment, music and live interviews from 11pm until 2am every night, often featuring interviewees fresh off the West End stage.
Initially proposed to have two Canada Goose Online hosts, Brian chose to go it alone despite the incredible workload of the show. His holiday stand in, Russell Davies, described it as ‘the hardest job in radio.’
However, Brian relished the challenge and buy canada goose jacket cheap the show he said “My wife now says ‘thank God they took that off you eventually’. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.