Worked for the BBC in the Gramophone and Music Libraries. First broadcast in 1973 with BFBS in Germany. Joined Radio 2 in August 1978. Presenter of You and the Night and the Music and Nightride. With the network for about 30 years, in later years mainly doing the Sunday night shift. Provided the opening announcement for the BBC1 Six O’clock News between 1984 and 1993.
On Radio 1 &2 in 1976 and 1977. Long time World Service newsreader for 20 years. Capital Radio 604 in South Africa in early 80s.
Worked on BBC Radio Oxford. Announcer/newsreader on Radio 2 early 80s, also presenting You and the Night and the Music.
Bill RennellsOriginally a print journalist for 25 years. Founder member of BBC Radio Oxford in 1970. Also worked for BBC Radio Nottingham. Joined Radio 2 in April 1978 as newsreader/announcer and presenter of You and the Night and the Music and Nightride, Easy Does It and The Early Show. Presenter of Test Match Special. Returned to Radio Oxford in 1991 and currently presenting Harmony Nights with wife Angela.
Moira StuartStarted at BBC in 1970s as a production assistant. In late 1970s became newsreader/announcer on Radio 4 before moving to Radio 2 in March 1980. Left the station in July 1981. Occasional presenter of You and the Night and the Music. Joined BBC TV as newsreader in 1981 before being dropped in 2007. In 2010 re-joined Radio 2 as newsreader on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
Sheila TracyFirst broadcast was as the Tracy Sisters in 1958 on In Town Tonight and then Workers Playtime, Mid-Day Music Hall and Saturday Club. BBC TV announcer from February 1961. On Light Programme in February 1963 presenting Late Choice. Also on Melody Fair, Anything Goes and Music for Late Night People. Presented regional tv programmes such as Spotlight South West and South Today. On Radio 4 as announcer from October 1973 and first woman to read the news on BBC national radio on 16 July 1974, more on this here. Joined Radio 2 in January 1977 where she hosted The Late Show, You and the Night and the Music, The Early Show and Saturday Night with the BBC Radio Orchestra. Best known for (a) the Truckers’ Hour - read more on this and hear an edition from 1981 here - and (b) Big Band Special from 1979 to 2001.
Came from a theatrical background as the family had connections with Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Was in a character actor in a number of British films in the 30s and early 40s. Joined the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of lieutenant-commander, until 1946. Joined the BBC in 1948 as an announcer on the General Overseas Service, but also working on the Light Programme (Tip Top Tunes, The Band Waggon). Became duty operation assistant in 1959 before moving across to the Light Programme as announcer in 1964. Presented Morning Music and Sunday Best. Was long-running Saturday presenter of Breakfast Special and The Early Show on the Light and Radio 2. Also presented Saturday Swings and Night Ride. Freelance from 1976 when he worked for Radio 210 in Reading and made a brief return to Radio 2 in June 1977 for the odd news reading shift. Moved to Radio Hallam in 1978. Died in Sheffield on 11 July that year.
All recordings are my own with the exception of the Radio 1 new bulletin read by Julian Potter which comes from Azanorak.
Edit 16 February 2012: Bruce Wyndham. Edit 15 February 2013 Paddy O'Byrne and all audio uploads.