Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Countdown - 8 December - Tony Blackburn

2016 wasn't a great year for Tony. He was dropped by the BBC in February, a sacrificial scalp following the Dame Janet Smith review into the Savile scandal. But commercial radio stayed loyal and he continued to broadcast on the Greatest Hits Network, KMFM and, from the summer, the new station Thames Radio, run by the Welsh-based Nation Broadcasting.

In December Tony spent a week broadcasting from Barbados, a promotional event managed by Tim Jibson's Adventures in Radio company. These broadcasts are all about plugging the competition -listeners were offered a chance to win a week's holiday at the Sea Breeze Beach Hotel - but I've edited out a dozen or so mentions of this. Tony speaks to a number of guests including Eddy Grant.

The competition was won the following day by Jeff Paden of North Wales. The programmes also went  out on Dragon Radio.  In June 2017 Thames Radio dropped all its big name DJs in a station 'refresh' and started to play non-stop hits.

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