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The Radio 1 Club was launched in October 1968. The aim of the club, according to Derek Chinnery, executive producer, was a link between the listeners at home and the D.J.'s and stars.
It consisted of 2 hours with a top D.J. and guest D.J., leading groups performing live, current hits, and requests/interviews with members. The show was broadcast live on Radio 1 at lunchtime.
The first club date on Monday, October 21st was at London's' Lower Regent Street (former cinema). It was hosted by Keith Skues, with guest D.J. Tony Blackburn. The Tremeloes played live.
| Mary Hopkin signs autographs for fans at a Radio 1 Club event||Stuart Henry at a London Session||Display Panels for the 'Radio 1 Club'|
Other 'branches' soon opened around the UK included Birmingham (Top Rank), Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Swansea.
Radio Times carried a regular 'member magazine'. Membership to the club was free of charge, by sending your details to the BBC. Radio 1 Trails boasted 'a different DJ in a different Town each day'.
As well as the stations Top D.J.'s, some new names were heard on the shows - Richard Park, a Glasgow D.J., Dave Eager, Phil Jay, Peter York, Tony Wynne-Jones, Gary Taylor from The Herd and Chris Grant.
The popular Club lasted until 1973, when it was replaced by the Radio 1 Roadshow.
January 1970 - Fans attacked a Radio 1 commissionaire at the London branch of Radio 1 Club.
April 1971 - students at St.Mungo's High School in Falkirk threatened strike action as their headmaster would not grant permission to attend the lunchtime 'Radio 1 club' at the Town Hall!
July 1971 - There was a bomb scare at a Radio 1 Club at the Shrewsbury Civic Hall, however Stuart Henry carried on broadcasting.
RADIO REWIND AUDIO CLIPS
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Rosko Presenting a Live Club Show
John Peel Intro 1970
Dave Eager with Lucky Numbers
Dave Eager on the Radio 1 Club
NEW Last Manchester Club show? (1971)
Return of Radio 1 Club - New time 5pm (1972)
see also the Emperor Rosko page for more Radio 1 Club audio.