BBC Radio 1's Ten Greatest Achievements

It all started way back when in 1967, a DJ called Tony Blackburn came on the air and said "and good morning everyone, welcome to the exciting new sound of Radio 1."

Radio 1 has been one of the biggest constants in my life. I remember "England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales" and Simon Bates' 'Our Tune' theme being played on the big old free-standing hi-fi system in the first house we lived in as a kid.

Even at this age I was already hooked on the idea the idea of working in radio and this was all thanks to Radio 1 and its DJ line-up.
Higgypop On The Radio

I honestly believe that Radio 1 is the greatest radio station in the world. As Pete Tong put it the 1999 movie 'Human Traffic', "live and direct from the world famous studios at Radio 1."

50 years since its launch, Radio 1 is still as influential as ever. It still pulls in an audience that cares about its DJs and the music they play.

So pop pickers, to celebrate 50 years of Radio 1, I've put together a countdown of the station's ten biggest achievements in my lifetime and the memories wrapped up in them.

1. Making The Hits

John Peel

Radio 1 has always been the station that new artists want to get their songs played on and the station has been responsible for launching many careers. The likes of John Peel, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac are all respected DJs. People listen to these presenters and trust their opinions. If they tell you a song is the "hottest record in the world right now" then you'll give it a chance.

John Peel is probably the station most well known backer of new music. He was described as "the most important man in music for about a dozen years" and launched the careers of Billy Bragg, Pulp, The Smiths, The Undertones and The White Stripes. U2, Nirvana, The Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols and T-Rex are among the others he helped introduce to the public.

Zane Lowe presented his high octane and fast-paced new music evening show between 2003 and 2015. Laurie Vincent from the band Slaves described the Kiwi DJ, "for us, I feel like he is the John Peel of our time." Zane too is responsible championing some huge acts including, Biffy Clyro, The Black Keys, Peace, Chvrches, Foals and The National.

He is probably most famously for breaking the Arctic Monkeys. He played a demo of the band's first single, 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor', back in 2005.
"This band is ready, they're called The Arctic... what? Arctic Monkeys? Check this out, it's the demo."
Zane Lowe
Pete Tong In Ibiza
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Pete Tong in Ibiza for BBC Radio 1
It's not all rock and pop that Radio 1 have introduced to music lovers across the nation. Last year Pete Tong celebrated 25 years at the station. On his weekly show, the 'Essential Mix', he's championed some of the biggest dance tracks of the 90s and beyond. 

Originally known as the 'Essential Selection' for its first 15 years, one of the show's most famous features is Pete's 'Essential New Tune' which on the first ever show on 11th January 1991 was that absolute dance classic by The Source featuring Candi Staton. 'You Got The Love'.

The show was the first dance music show of its kind to be broadcast live from Ibiza helping to cement the White Isle's world famous reputation as the number one destination for clubbers and the spiritual home of dance music.

While John, Zane and Pete broke some hits by respected artists, not all of Radio 1's DJs chose to champion such credible songs. In 2007, eight years after its original release, Chris Moyles launched an on air campaign on his breakfast show to get Billie Piper's 'Honey To The Bee' back into the chart. While the song missed out on the top spot for a second time, his listeners did manage to get the track back in the top twenty.

Moyles had previously had success with a chart campaign following Peter Andre's appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' in 2004. Chris campaigned to get his 1996 single, 'Mysterious Girl' girl re-released. After a lengthy campaign the single returned to stores and ended up at No. 1 in the charts, bettering the song original chart position of No. 2.

In a similar campaign in 2009, Moyles also managed to get the backing of his listeners in support of a John Barrowman single. The then 'Torchwood' star released an album entitled 'Music Music Music' the previous year and Moyles picked a song from the album to champion. 'I Made It Through the Rain' spent one week in the charts at No. 14.

If you thought 'Honey To The Bee' or John Barrowman were a poor choice of song, then think again. In 2007 Scott Mills manages to get a 36 second song about ladies' bras in to the top 40. After playing Jonny Trunk & Wisbey's song on his drive time show, Scott launched a campaign to get the song into the charts.

Jonny Trunk & Wisbey now hold the record for having the shortest song to make it into the official UK singles chart, peaking at No. 27.

Another example of Radio 1's power to influence the chart was Leona Lewis and her cover of Snow Patrol's 'Run'. She first performed the cover with a 14-piece band at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios live on Jo Whiley's show. The next morning, the song was requested more than 8,000 in two minutes during the The Chris Moyles Show. As a result, Leona's version of the song was added to Radio 1's A List and later released as a single. 'Run' went on to give Leona her third No. 1 hit, outperforming the original version released by Snow Patrol four years previously.

And who can forget Travis' cover of a Britney Spears classic, 'Baby One More Time'. The song was born in a similar way to Leona's cover, it was performed live on a Mark and Lard show which was broadcast from a North Yorkshire pub. The radio duo even performed backing vocals on the track which end up as a B-side on the band's single, 'Turn'.

However, not all songs the BBC have got to No. 1 received the station's support. In fact in 1984 it was quite the opposite when Mike Read expressed his distaste for a record which had made little impact in the charts. The song was Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' and the Radio 1 DJ shared his thoughts on the record's suggestive lyrics on air, this lead to a BBC-wide ban. 

Following its release in November 1983, 'Relax' entered the UK Top 75 at No. 67, it climbed into the top 10 in January but it wasn't until Radio 1 drew attention to the song with their ban that it finally made it to the top of the charts. By this time, the BBC's ban had extended to television and during its five week reign at the No. 1 'Top Of The Pops' only displayed a still picture of the group during the No. 1 announcement.

2. Putting Driffield On The Map

Driffield Radio 1 Road Show

In July 1996 Radio 1 took its famous roadshow to the Driffield Showground, hosted by the station's breakfast presenter at the time, Chris Evans. The live outside broadcast's random location came as a result of Chris' constant mocking of the Humberside town.

Following complaints from listeners, Chris admitted that he he liked the name of the town and the fact there is a village nearby called Wetwang, so he agreed to make peace and take his breakfast team to the town for a one-off live show.

Evans was at Radio 1 during the height of the Britpop era and brought along Dodgy and Space to entertain the crowds at the showground.
Chris Evans' popularity as a Radio 1 breakfast host was deperatley need by the Beeb. The station was going through a period of reinvention and the bosses had recently sacked some of R1's most famous presenters in an attempt to modernise the station and make it more relevant to younger listeners.
Smashie & Nicey
Smashie & Nicey, a parody of R1's long serving DJs
In 1993 Radio 1 went through the biggest change in its history, just as Simon Mayo ended his time time as the host of the breakfast show. The BBC wanted rid of the "Smashie & Nicey" style presenters who'd become a bit of a joke, their dated presentation style has become an embarrassment for the station. Dave Lee Travis, the breakfast show host from the 1970s was still at the station in the 1990s, so when the changes came he was first out.

The shakeup saw Mark Goodier take over the coveted breakfast show. After just 109 days the show was handed over to now-Radio 2 legend Steve Wright. He was already familiar to Radio 1 listeners as the host of 'Steve Wright In The Afternoon' for over a decade.

However, Steve's brand of broadcasting didn't translate to a breakfast audience as well as the Radio 1 bosses had hoped it would and within 18 months, he quit. Following his departure Radio 1 really needed to turn things around. They need something special, they needed something different, and they needed something big. And that's exactly what they got.

Fresh from his 'Don't Forget Your Toothbrush' fame, Chris Evans took over the Radio 1 breakfast show in 1995. He didn't last long on the show either, just a few months longer than Steve Wright but Chris injected a new lease of life into Radio 1.

After Evans the Radio 1 breakfast went through a few more presenters until in 2004, when it was taken over by a man who went on to hold the position for longer than anyone else in station's history, the self proclaimed "Saviour Of Radio 1".

3. The Saviour's Record Reign

Chris Moyles At BBC Radio 1

Just like everyone has their Doctor Who, every radio lover has their Radio 1 breakfast show host. For me it's Chris Moyles. I started listening to Moyles while I was working in my first part-time job when he was doing Radio 1's weekend breakfast show with Comedy David.

Chris and Dave then moved to weekday afternoons. I remember driving home from my first 9-5 job listening to Dick Cheese's spoof travel reports, "brought to you by Robinson's fruit preserve, they only kind of jam you look forward to getting stuck in ...to." 

It was when Chris took over the breakfast show that he really earned the title of the Saviour Of Radio 1. But that wasn't his only achievement at the station.

Moyles became the station's longest running breakfast presenter, beating Tony Blackburn's record. He also ended up in the Guinness World Record book for "Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team)" for what was 'BBC Radio 1's Longest Show Ever'. A marathon 52 hour charity broadcast in 2001, in which Chris and Dave stayed awake and on air for more than two days and in the process raised Β£2.6 million for Comic Relief.
Chris Moyles On The BT Tower

During the marathon show, #R1MoreMoyles trended worldwide on Twitter for days, we saw images of Chris and Dave's heads appear in lights on the BT Tower, and hundreds of guests including Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry and Jimmy Carr called in to the studio to show their support.

The whole 52 hours show was available to watch live via BBC's red button and it attracted an audience of 2.84 million, making it the most popular live radio red button feature ever. On the Radio 1 website users clicked to view the video stream 261 million times.

Being such a huge Moyles fan, #R1MoreMoyles for me was the pinnacle of his time at BBC Radio 1. Over the 52 hours, I listened almost solidly, I lived on around four hours sleep each night as I was totally addicted to the live stream, trying not to miss a single bit while in work and at home.

There are too many memories from Moyles' show to mention here, but some which stick in my head are the 'Cheesy Song', 'Dominic The Donkey', Where's Westwood?, McFly-day, and newsreader Dom's boring lawnmower video which racked up over half a million views, that was quite an achievement back in the early days of YouTube.

During his time at Radio 1, Chris travelled up and down the country raising money for Comic Relief in Red Nose Rallies, he also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Gary Barlow and a host of other celebrities in 2009. He ran with the Olympic flame as part of the torch relay before the London 2012 games and he racked up hundreds of complaints, some of which were upheld by Ofcom, while others were dismissed.
Nick Grimshaw
Nick Grimshaw, R1's current breakfast host
When Nick Grimshaw took over the breakfast show in 2012, it was no surprise that Moyles' fan hated him. Grimmy seemed like a snap replacement and no one seemed to think he would last. Grimmy is the polar opposite to Moyles in terms of their personalities and broadcasting style so it's easy to understand why he might have alienated some listeners.

But, after 15 years at the station it was time for Moyles to move on or he would have gone the way of some of the "Smashie & Nicey" DJs in the 90s. Chris left on a high and I think Nick Grimshaw has done a great job of keeping the station young and relevant.

Already Grimmy is the 5th longest serving breakfast show presenter and he's only got to last another year before he's overtaken Mike Read, Simon Mayo and Tony Blackburn. I wouldn't be surprised if Grimmy went on to equal or even surpass Moyles' time on the breakfast show.

4. Breaking New Talent

Greg James At Radio 1

Grimmy rose to the dizzy heights as host of the UK's flagship radio show after just five years at Radio 1, making him the fifth youngest person to take over the show, behind Tony Blackburn (24), Noel Edmonds (25), Sara Cox (26) and Zoe Ball (27).

Radio 1 has always been good at picking new and young talent and putting them on air. But even Tony Blackburn, the breakfast show's youngest host, misses out on the title of youngest Radio 1 DJ, a title claimed by Hugh Stephens.

Cardiff-born Hugh joined Radio 1 as part of the station's new regional output in 1999. At the time he was aged just 17, coming straight from hospital radio to present a Welsh opt-out show with Bethan Elfyn.

Dev, who currently presents weekend breakfast joined the lineup in 2002 at the age of 18. The station's current drive time presenter, Greg James joined R1 at the age of 22 in 2007. Greg, like many of Radio 1's recent greats started out on the Early Breakfast show (4:30-7ish am). This time slot has previously been occupied by Chris Moyles, Scott Mills and Fearne Cotton, and has proven to be a great slot for Radio 1 to develop their new talent.

Before taking up his role at Radio 1, Greg tried out for Capital FM (Galaxy at the time) but it seems that the bosses at Capital failed to see the young DJ's potential.

A prominent fixture of Radio 1's current lineup is 'Dance Anthems' presenter Danny Howard. I remember the first time I heard Danny's DJ skills on the radio, it was as part of a competition on Chris Moyles' show in 2011.

Danny was competing against five other DJs for the chance to perform an opening set as part of 'Radio 1's Ibiza Weekend' that year. After winning the competition, Danny was offered a regular Saturday show at Radio 1. He has come into his own as an instant authority on dance music and with the show now starting at the early time of 4pm, Danny is great for getting you in the mood for a Saturday evening.

5. Keeping Commercial Radio On Its Toes

Absolute Radio

When I started working in radio, I'd pretty much missed the boat. Small and independent commercial radio stations were being bought up by large organisations, their output was made uniform and eventually most of the show were networked from London. Unfortunately these commercial organisations are more interested in keeping up listening time by playing lots of music so that their audience hear as many of the adverts they play as possible. These commercial network don't like taking risk with presenters, content or personality.

However, Radio 1 and BBC as a whole has consistently challenged this. While commercial radio air 'Dog FM Breakfast with British Airways', Radio 1 proudly boast their presenters rather than a sponsor, 'The Chris Moyles Show' or 'The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw'.

The mentality is very different in general. If something goes wrong on BBC radio the presenters are told to apologies to the listeners. If the same happens on commercial radio, the presenters have a habit of treating the listeners like idiots by ignoring the mistake and pretending nothing went wrong. I've even witnessed DJs stood in front of a microphone in silence when a song or ad break refuses to play because their running order doesn't say they can talk at that moment. The presenters actually deems dead air to be a lower risk than talking when they shouldn't be.

If it wasn't for Radio 1's consistent efforts to make great content, I think commercial radio would, especially hit music radio, would be in a much worse state today.

I worked in commercial radio for ten years, so I wasn't surprised to hear that after moving on from Radio 1, Chris Moyles encountered exactly the same frustrations as I had after he'd been working for my former employer for just a year. It formed part of a half hour rant on his Radio X show.
The gist of Moyles' rant is that his current employers, Global Radio, who own Radio X, Capital FM, Heart, Classic FM and LBC treat their listeners their like idiots. They frequently scrap features without giving any explanation to the listener, and even sack presenters without ever mentioning them again. 

Chris uses Johnny Vaughan as the example in his rant but he wasn't the only DJ to go this way. Their presenters rarely get a last show or a chance to say goodbye to their audience, and the second they're escorted out of the building they have their name pulled of the station's website, their show taken out of the schedule and the next day their replacement ignores the thousands of text and tweets asking "what happened to...?"

Radio 1 is much more personality and content focussed, their presenters are as important to the station as the music they play. Without Radio 1 on the dial, commercial radio wouldn't need to compete on content  at all, it would result in an even more bland and characterless output.

6. Video Killed The Radio Star? Radio 1 Fought Back

ScottCam BBC Radio 1

In 2008, Radio 1 started to experiment with video, initially posting clips to YouTube and later streaming whole shows live via the Radio 1 website and the "red button" on Freeview. Video didn't kill the radio star, it allowed the audience to get closer to them, especially in the case of Scott Mills.

The fun with cameras started on Mills' show with "Beccy Cam". Scott's assistant producer Beccy Huxtable wore a camera mounted to a special helmet around the office which was streamed live on the internet. Due to the success of Beccy Cam, Scott agree to have six cameras placed around his own house which were streamed live around the clock. Scott opened his house up to listeners via the live stream and even broadcast his shows from his living room for a week.
Scott Mills The Musical
Scott Mills The Musical
One of the most memorable pieces of video content made by Radio 1 was 'Scott Mills The Musical' which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009.

As a listener I felt very involved in the musical as the initial concept and the journey from script, through casting, to the stage was played out on Scott's show. The final show was a masterpiece, the songs were catchy, the story was compelling and the pop culture references were really funny.

Some of the songs in the show included a ditty about the love of Scott's life-long love, entitled 'My Pinot Grigio' and a song about Radio 1's famous text number with the line "do you like Lily Allen's new song? 8, double 1, double 9."

Scott continues to produce great video content, mostly in the form of the hugely popular feature 'Innuendo Bingo' which involves stars of the music world getting wet as a result of childish innuendo.

The king of radio visualisation on Radio 1 though has to be Chris Moyles. His 'Longest Show Ever' was broadcast in full in vision.
Fearne Cotton & Chris Moyles
Fearne Cottons in bikini during #R1MoreMoyles
As the marathon show came to an end, listeners crashed the Radio 1 website as they logged on to to see the end of the broadcast which included mid-morning host Fearne Cotton in a bikini. The last couple of hours of the show alone brought in Β£1.1 million of the total raised. 

Moyles also took his show on tour several times, streaming live video from various venues around the UK. 

Moyles' replacement has also made a bit of an impact with video too. Not long after taking over the breakfast show, a parody video that Grimmy made with some of his celebrity friends was responsible for Kanye West re-entering the official UK Top 40.

Nick's lip-synced video featured Nicole Scherzinger, One Direction, Conor Maynard, Tom Daley and David Guetta to name just a few, all miming to Kanye's 'Clique'.

#Breakfastclique quickly became a viral hit, notching up over 1 million views in less than a week. As well as being tweeted by most of the artists who feature in the video, its viral power could be seen in the chart. Grimmy's listeners headed to online music stores to download the original song which resulted in it re-entering the UK singles chart at No. 22.

7. Championing Live Music

Olly Murs BBC Radio 1 Live Longue

From the world famous Live Lounge to the station's coverage of the UK's biggest music events including Glastonbury and Radio 1's Big Weekends, the station really does live music better than any other radio station in the UK, and probably the world.

The Live Lounge was originally a feature on Jo Whiley's mid-morning show, it continued when Fearne Cotton took over that slot in 2009 and is now in the hands of Clara Amfo. The Live Lounge has produced hundreds of live performance, all of which have been broadcast live on Radio 1 and many of which have been filmed and put on the Radio 1 website.

Live Lounge guests are also asked to perform a cover of a song by another artist. Florence + The Machine's version of BeyoncΓ©'s 'Halo' is widely regarded as one of the Live Lounge's best covers. Personally I prefer Tinchy Stryder's performance with The Chuckle Brothers.

The Live Lounge has spawned a series of 12 albums, most of which have made it to No. 1 in the album chart. Away from the Live Lounge, Radio's 1 cover of music events is also an important part of the station's schedule.
Higgpop With Jo Wiley At Glastonbury
I really enjoy Radio 1's coverage of Glastonbury. It always very raw, you hear the atmosphere as the DJs do their links from the middle of a field or behind the main stage. I've made a point of listening to R1's coverage of Glasto, even in the years I've been at the festival I've walked around Worthy Farm listening the broadcast through my headphones.

And while walking around the site in 2007, I was quite excited to get to meet Jo Wiley backstage at the Pyramid stage and couldn't resist a photo opportunity.

Of course the station also puts on festivals of its own in the form of Radio 1's Big Weekends. I was lucky enough to get to go to the one in Birmingham in 2004 while I was working for the BBC. It was a bit last minute, I was given an "all access" ticket on the morning of the event and got there just in time to see Damian Rice's set. I also got to see the amazing Goldie Looking Chain who got the crowd fired up by shouting "when I say safe as, you say..." to which the crowd roared "f**k!"

The highlight for me, I managed to catch "Moulding Looking Stain", Moyles and Dave's GLC tribute act, they performed their parody track, 'Dog Don't Kill People, Rabbits Do'. It was a hilarious performance and really got the crowd warm up for the event's headliners, The Lost Profits.

8. Overcoming Gremlins In The Works

BBC Radio 1 At Glastonbury

Sometimes a good radio fail can be better than the most carefully planned programme. I fondly remember many classic Radio 1 fails. I can recall a few times things haven't gone according to plan, including the Chris Moyles Show when the fire alarm went off three times in one morning and the start of the stations Glastonbury coverage in 2005. It was one of the wettest and muddiest Glasto ever and within seconds of handing over to Jo Wiley who was broadcasting her show live from the festival, the feed was lost due to flooding which cut the power to the studio. Apparently the stream behind the studio raised by a foot in 15 minutes. They then made there way to a studio at the other side of the site and were on air for about a minute before they were told it was too dangerous and they had to cut the power again. 

Some of my other favourite fails include Chris Moyles trying to describe Kelly Rowland but due to an unfortunate slip of the tongue, instead of saying "thighs like a trucker" he actually says she "tries like a f**ker." Then there was the contestant on Jo Wiley's 'Staff Wars' competition who misheard a question with hilarious consequences. And, although it was before my time, one of my favourite Radio 1 fails of all time is Tony Blackburn introducing Duran Duran on the chart show.

You can listen to my favourite fails below...
"I've just done something spectacularly stupid. I rather suspect that the record that was playing on the radio I have just disconnected."
John Peel

9. Produced Decades Of Catchphrases

Mark & Lard BBC Radio 1

Over the years Radio 1 has produced a fair few catchphrases, from Alan "Fluff" Freeman's "pop pickers" to "Alright? ...Not 'Arf". Pete Tong, who's catchphrase was "we continue" has even been immortalised in Cockney rhyming slang, I'm sure you've heard the phrase "it's all gone Pete Tong."

Scott Mills is also another source of catchphrases with quite a few memorable quotes to his name including, "alright treacle?", "eh, dirty boy...", "love you, bye", and "oh, what's occurring?"

But BBC Radio 1's undisputed kings of the catchphrases are Mark and Lard. Here's just some of their classic lines...
Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley AKA "Lard" were at their best when presenting their early-afternoon show between 1-3pm. The duo spent seven years in that time slot, finally leaving the station in 2004. They were always a brilliant listen. As a radio geek, perhaps I enjoyed their show a little bit more than some people as they liked to spoof and parody the medium of radio itself.

I remember one show when Mark and Lard were obsessed with making every song they played part of a local radio style feature. They opened the show with a song they called "the one at one" where they played one song at 1pm and then "the two at ten past one", this went on for most of the show.

There was another memorable show in 1999 when Blur's 'Coffee And TV' was being played on high rotation on Radio 1, it seemed like it was getting a play every few minutes. Having noticed this Mark and Lard decided to mock the station's music department by playing it literally every time they played a song on the show. Lard would go to play a song, which each time was Blur before Radcliffe stopped him and played something different.

What amazes me the most about Mark and Lard is what they managed to get away with on a daytime show. The words "pissed", "shite", and "bollocks" were all used frequently throughout their time at the station and some of their features were really close to the bone.

The Northern DJs had a regular feature in which Lard would play a "classic cut", a track from his own vinyl collection. The gag was that Lard would tell the audience that the record had been kept in mint condition and that vinyl had superior acoustic properties to compact diss. But, when played the song crackled and jumps all over the place in a way which produced some pretty rude lyrics, like in Lard's copy of 'Messing About On The River' which you can listen to below...

10. The UK's Official Chart Show

Chart Music Store

Radio 1 has always been the home of the Official Chart Show. I remember growing up, my Nan used to be quite into her music still and would often talk about the No. 1 song... but as a commercial radio listener, she'd only be familiar with the song that was at the top of the Pepsi Network Chart, which was often different to Radio 1's chart. That annoyed me.

Sadly, today the chart show is a casualty of the digital download and streaming age. The top 40 has little significance anymore but any music lover growing up in the 90s will remember recording their favourite songs on to cassette and trying to pause at just the right moment before either Bruno Brookes or Mark Goodier spoke.

But I did also listen regularly to Wes on the chart show, and  I quite enjoyed JK and Joel's time counting down the top 40 from March 2005. They moved on in October 2007, when Fearne and Reggie took over the show.

It's during Fearne and Reggie's, and later just Reggie Yates alone's, time on the show that I landed a job working on the rival network chart show, which I have to admit was a bit odd for me. When there was an interesting chart battle going on and especially during the Christmas chart countdown, I would secretly listen to Radio 1's chart instead of the one I was working on while sat in the Capital office.
Joe McElderry
One of the most memorable chart shows for me was in 2009 when there was one of the most interesting and closest battles for No. 1 since Oasis and Blur battle for the top spot in 1995. It was the Christmas chart and a campaign was started to make Rage Against The Machine's classic hit 'Killing In The Name Of' the Christmas No. 1, preventing X Factor winner Joe McElderry from claiming the title.

The two songs swapped places all week and no one could call it. I knew who had made it to No. 1 on the chart show I was working on but I didn't have access to the official chart data, so while working on the Christmas show in Leicester Square I was anxiously and excitedly listening to Reggie to find out who had triumphed... and of course it was RATM who made it to No. 1. I love that to this day Radio 1 now play 'Killing In The Name Of' as a Christmas song. I'm pretty sure that Heart and the other stations who take the network chart show don't do the same.

I remember Mark Goodier on air in the 90s talking about how the chart was compiled by Gallop and was the most accurate chart in the world. 15 years on I found myself sat in my bedroom in my pants on a Sunday morning compiling the chart in Microsoft Excel... it did kind of destroy the magic of the top 40 for me.
BBC Radio 1 Where It Began

Radio 1 turns 50 at the end of September and the BBC are celebrating by launching a three-day digital radio station. Radio 1 Vintage will feature 50 one-hour themed nostalgic shows made from Radio 1's archive material from DJs across its entire history, it will celebrate the pivotal role that Radio 1 has played in music, entertainment and popular culture since its launch in 1967.
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