First BBC Radio 2 host Paul Hollingdale dies

Paul Hollingdale, the first presenter on BBC Radio 2 has died at the age of 79.

He hosted the first show, Breakfast Special on Radio 2, on September 30th 1967, at the same time Tony Blackburn hosted the first show on BBC Radio 1.

Before that he had presented a show on Forces Radio in 1959 and Radio Luxembourg in the early 60s. He went on to the Light Programme hosting breakfast before it became Radio 2.

After Radio 2 he went on to BBC Radio Brighton, and was also the first presenter on Radio 210 in Reading, launching the station in 1976 with The Breakfast Show which ran from 6.00am to 10.00am. For a spell he also presented an evening show, between 9.00pm and midnight two days a week.

In 1979 he opened Blue Danube Radio, an English-language station in Vienna, Austria, and contributed to the station until it closed in 2000. He later moved to Vienna, where he worked as a broadcaster and film commentator until his death yesterday, 5 July 2017.

David Lloyd has paid tribute to the broadcaster on his blog here.

Posted on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 9:27 am by Roy Martin

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