Richard began his interest in broadcasting whilst working
as a reporter on the Portsmouth News, in his home town. He became founder
member of the local Hospital Broadcasting service.
In 1971 he started working full time for the BBC as
station assistant on BBC Radio Solent. From there he joined the Newsbeat
team in 1973.
During the first half of 1981 Richard took over
the slot formerly occupied by Mike Read and
presented a weekday 8-10pm evening session style programme which included
Round Table on Friday
evenings, a show where newly released records were played to four pop-music
guests and views were given after each record played. He continued to
present Round Table until 1985.
Richard presented Rock On
Saturday at 5pm, 1980-1982 which featured news, interviews and coverage
of the national and international rock scene, later becoming Saturday
Live with Andy Batten-Foster until 1985.
He presented the Top 40
Sunday show from 1984 - 1986.
'It's 12 noon in London ...' Richard Skinner
announced the 1985 concert to the world and Live Aid began with the
Coldstream Guards playing the Royal Salute before Status Quo launched into 'Rockin'
All Over the World'. He was the main TV interviewer with artists in the
Into the Nineties
From 1988-1991 he focused on album music in his midnight-2AM show and
fronted the Saturday Sequence 'Adult
Oriented Rock' FM show during the same period.
In January 1993 he became joint Programme Controller at
1215 which opened April 1993, presenting the mid-morning show, He left in
October 1997 after launching one of the most successful adult radio stations in the
was heard on Magic 1161 (Humberside) and 105.4
(London) radio stations presenting during early 2004.
He was heard on Classic Gold Digital in the UK and is also a
presenter for new syndicated 'UK Top 20 Rewind' shows.
returned to Virgin for the
Classic Rock DAB launch in May 2004. His live show, was
Monday - Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
From 2006 Richard could be heard Sundays 10am -
1pm on BBC Radio Berkshire.
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Richard introduces a Friday
Record of the Week & traffic
Rock Show jingle montage (1981) 4 mins
includes; Chas and Dave, Splodgenessabounds and Landscape.
Chartbusters and Top 40 (1984)
A problem with Black Lace! (1984)
Countdown 30 to 20
Richard introduces the 'Chart of the Year' (1984)
Midge Ure at Number 1
Hits of the Year 1985
Home of the Hits -
countdown 20 to 10 (1985)
Handing over to Annie Nightingale
Handover to Annie
Back - after a break (1989)
Night time clip (June 1989)