50 stars of BBC local radio compiled for 50th

BBC Local Radio turns 50 today, and to celebrate, the corporation has compiled a list of 50 people who started in local radio.

Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine is on the list, having started at the BBC in the Nort East. He comments: “I was at BBC Radio Newcastle in the late 80s while I was a news trainee. I realised how close the station was to its listeners and how beloved it was. The best items we do on Radio 2 have that closeness about them. So in a way I am still working off the template Radio Newcastle supplied.”

Radio 2’s Vanessa Feltz said: “Presenting on BBC Radio London on 7/7, the day of Kate and William’s wedding, throughout the London Olympics and on the day of the Grenfell Tower tragedy exemplified the intimate and privileged position local radio holds at the beating heart of the community.”

Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary is also on the list: “Happy 50 th birthday BBC Local Radio. I just want to say a big thank you to BBC Essex for helping me back in the day when I was a runner for Robin Chipperfield and Jonathan Overend. Thanks for giving me a chance. Thanks for making me obsessed with Ken Crowther, who still does gardening. The man’s a legend…and Ken thank you for helping me with my geraniums!”

And Richard Madeley started in Cumbria: “I learnt so much about broadcasting in my two years at what was then BBC Radio Carlisle, now Radio Cumbria. The level of professionalism around me was incredibly high; quite a few of my colleagues were former Radio 4 news and feature staff who’d jumped at the chance to relocate to the Lake District, so I was learning from the best. Those years from 1976 to 1978 stood me in in good stead for the rest of my career. I also quite simply had a wonderful time – sometimes this Essex boy, finding himself driving through the stunning Lakeland countryside with its towering mountains and glittering tarns, could hardly believe he was actually being paid to be there.”

Here’s the 50 at 50 list in full:

1. Kate Adie – Radio Bristol
2. Des Lynam – Radio Brighton
3. Michael Buerk – Radio Bristol
4. Liz Mackean – BBC Hereford and Worcester
5. Clive Myrie – Radio Bristol
6. Jane Garvey  – BBC Hereford and Worcester
7. Jon Sopel – Radio Solent
8. Janice Long – Radio Merseyside
9. Richard Hammond – Radio York
10. Richard Madeley –  Radio Cumbria
11. Laura Kuenssberg – Newcastle
12. John Inverdale – Radio Lincolnshire
13. Simon Mayo – Radio Nottingham
14. Shelagh Fogarty  –  Radio Merseyside
15. Ray Stubbs – BBC Merseyside
16. Richard Skinner – Radio Solent
17. Sonia Deol – BBC WM
18. Dermot O’Leary – Radio Essex
19. Terry Christian – Radio Derby
20. Mark Pougatch – Radio Essex
21. Sophie Raworth – Radio Manchester
22. Victoria Derbyshire – Radio Manchester
23. Julie Etchingham – Radio Leicester
24. Bruno Brookes – Radio Stoke
25. Babita Sharma – Radio Berkshire
26. Robert Hall – Radio Jersey
27. Sarah Montague – Radio Jersey
28. Jo Whiley  – Radio Brighton
29. Jeremy Paxman – Radio Brighton
30. Jane Hill – Radio Brighton
31. Dani Sinha – Radio Berkshire
32. Nina Nannar – Radio Nottingham
33. Chris Binns, now known as Tom Binns…..aka Ivan Brackenbury – Radio Nottingham
34. Richard Bacon – Radio Nottingham
35. Jenni  Murray  – Radio Solent
36. John Craven  – Radio Newcastle
37. Vanessa Feltz – BBC GLR
38. Jamie Theakston – BBC GLR
39. Victor Lewis Smith – Radio York
40. Jackie Oatley – Radio Leeds
41. John Motson – Radio Sheffield
42. Jonathan Agnew –  Radio Leicester
43. Julian Worricker – Radio Leicester
44. Manish Bhasin (BBC Sports Presenter)  –  Radio Leicester
45. Alan Little – Radio Solent
46. Nick Owen – Radio Birmingham
47. Jim Rosenthal – Radio Birmingham
48. Alan Dedicoat – Radio Devon
49. Jill Dando – Radio Devon
50. Helen Skelton – Radio Cumbria

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