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.
He then fronted the popular weekend Junior Choice programme
from February 1968 for twelve years (which included the famous
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
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
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.
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.
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.
died on 9th January 2016 aged 74 in Bournemouth just days after suffering a
Following Ed's death, Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Music,
said : 'Ed has been a stalwart of popular music broadcasting for many
years and over the past few Christmases, he brought back Junior Choice to
the delight of millions of loyal listeners. 'We are thinking of Ed's friends
and family at this difficult time.'
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'Happy Returns' 48kbps 64kbps
Junior Choice intro
November 1978 (96kbps)
Cutting from Radio Times
Saturday October 1st 1977