Joining BBC Radio 1 in 1970, former newspaper journalist Annie Nightingale
was the UK's first female national radio DJ, the station for which she
She also became a well known TV presenter,
hosting BBC TV's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' between 1978-82.
She is known for her husky voice and her
greeting of 'Hi....'. One of her greatest successes on radio was her 'Sunday
Night Request Show', which became a cult hit programme that ran for 12
years from 1982-1994. Annie's Sunday Afternoon Request
Show theme was an instrumental "East St. Louis Toodle-oo" by Steely Dan.
Annie has also broadcast for BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Radio 5,
British Forces Broadcasting worldwide, and was Britain's only broadcaster
at Live Aid Philadelphia in 1985.
Annie has travelled extensively making music
orientated TV and radio documentaries, including an around the world trip
with The Police, programmes from Russia, Romania, The middle East and the
Her long time partner and husband Binky Baker
is famous for having poured a port and brandy over Tony Blackburn's head
during a Mallory Park fun day. He later released a rather unfavourable
record about the DJ titled 'Toe Knee Black Burn' which ended with the
words 'burn Tony Black!'.
Annie received an MBE for services to radio
broadcasting in the 2001 New Years Honours.
Since 1997 she has presented a BBC Radio 1
'nu skool breaks', future funk and
music for clubbers returning home. Originally
aired 4am Sunday mornings, in July 2004 it was moved to 1am on Fridays.
The show is popular with listeners from as far
afield as Tokyo and Australia.
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Annie on a Thursday 'What's New' Show
Sunday Afternoon Theme -
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
- Steely Dan.
following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 10th November
Richard Skinner hands
over to Annie
Andy hasn't yet met Dana
Bet with Bates?
What's wrong with
The following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie
Nightingale show 1st December 1985
Start of Sunday
request show (Dec 1985)
Show Dec 1985
following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 23rd February
Skinner hands over to Annie the Godfather!
Dolphins can train a
Freddie mercury - was he
following clips are taken from a Sunday Annie Nightingale show 7th December
Bruno hands over
(I wasn't here you
Annie's 'little voice
A Lisa Joke
Ode to Annie
by Mark Evans (mp3 32kbps)
Start of a Chill-Out
Zone Show c1997
Trail for 4am Sunday Show