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 Ed Stewart & singers 1968

 

On Y'er Bike!

 

 

 

At a Radio 1 Roadshow 1976

 

 

 

Stewpot relaxing in 1976

 

 

 

1980 LP featuring some of the show's favourite tracks compiled by Producer Doreen Davies, featuring Showaddywaddy, Keith Michell, Johnny Morris, The Mr. Men, Terry Scott and the Wombles.

 

 

 

 

Born in Devon in 1941 and starting his radio career in 1961 at Radio Hong Kong, ex - Radio London DJ Ed ''Stewpot'' Stewart was one of the original team of presenters on Radio 1. Initially presenting the short lived Happening Sunday and also the What's New? record review show.

 

Junior Choice

 

He then fronted the popular weekend Junior Choice programme from February 1968 for twelve years (which included the famous hello darling sound bite). Although a Radio 1 show, it was also heard on Radio 2 until 1978, benefiting from the higher sound quality of the VHF network 

 

The show originally included many popular sing alongs such as My Brother by Terry Scott, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) by Benny Hill, Sparky's Magic Piano by Sparky,    Nellie the Elephant by Mandy Miller, You're a Pink Toothbrush by Max  Bygraves and Jake the peg by Rolf Harris. Pop records, which had always been featured in the show, became more frequently heard and requested in later years. The programme attracted 17 million listeners at its peak.

 

Other Shows

 

He launched the weekly Sunday Sport show in April 1972 which ran for a couple of years and regularly fronted the Radio 1 Roadshow around the coast from its 1973 launch. In September of that year, he was the first presenter heard on the stations' weekday news magazine show Newsbeat. Also well remembered is his presenting of the Crackerjack children's programme on British television.

 

In 1980 Ed moved to Radio 2, presenting the highly popular cross-country dedication show Family Favourites. Hosting of Junior Choice was handed over to Tony Blackburn. Ed  moved to Surrey's Radio Mercury from 1984 to 1990.

 

He has associations with many charities, including The British Heart Foundation and BBC's Children in Need.

 

London's Calling

 

In 1991 Ed was heard again on Radio 2, firstly with a Saturday afternoon show, and from 1992 to 1999, weekday afternoons. In 1995, the show made radio history when it was broadcast live from the summits of Ben Nevis and then Snowdon.

 

In 1999, Ed left the weekday afternoon slot, moving to an early Sunday evening show from 5pm - 7pm taking over the slot from Pam Ayres.  His show included a blend of music requests, chat, listeners' letters and a 'where are they now' reunion feature.
 

Ed was heard on English speaking radio in Spain during 2005/6 every afternoon 2-5pm on Spectrum FM and later on Coast FM on Saturdays, linking to the stations live from his UK studio.

Byeeee

 

Sadly Radio 2 management decided not to renew Ed's contract for 2006/7. On his final show in April 2006 Ed said he had been touched by the many listeners letters telling him how much they would miss both him and his music when he left. Many said they had listened since his Junior Choice days 39 years ago. The last record played on the last show was Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle.

 

Ed did however come back to Radio 2 in 2007 for another two shows; a nostalgic 40th birthday broadcast in September and a Christmas Day request show. The Christmas show proved so popular that another was scheduled for 2008.

 

 

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Radio 1 & 2 weekday separation_info; Nov 1977

Wishing 'Happy Returns'  48kbps  64kbps

Junior Choice intro November 1978 (96kbps) 32k

Show theme tune 'Morningtown Ride'

 

Cutting from Radio Times

Saturday October 1st 1977

 

 

See also on Radio Rewind...

Radio 1 Roadshow

Newsbeat

Tony Blackburn

 

 

External link..

 

 

BBC Radio 2 page

 

 

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