50 Years of BBC Radio 1
On the same date – 50 years to the day since Radio 1 launched – the station will launch ‘Radio 1 Vintage’ – a three-day digital radio station featuring 50 one-hour themed nostalgic shows made from Radio 1’s archive material from DJs across its entire history to celebrate the pivotal role that Radio 1 has played in music, entertainment and popular culture since its launch in 1967.
Radio 1 Vintage will feature hour-long ‘Best Of’ shows featuring iconic DJ names from the last five decades and programmes about classic shows including Radio 1 Roadshows, Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Radio 1’s Official Chart, Newsbeat, 1990s Comedy Shows, Hidden Gems, and Classic Albums with Roger Scott.
As a way of celebrating Radio 1’s 50th Birthday with its current audience, throughout September the Radio 1 Live Lounge Month line-up of acts including Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles will perform their own songs and as a nod to Radio 1’s legacy as the nation’s favourite for the past five decades, the famous Live Lounge cover versions will be hits from anytime in the past 50 years.
In September Annie Nightingale – Radio 1’s first ever female DJ – will present four very special soundscapes showcasing the music, archive and cultural significance of Radio 1 over the last 50 years, leading listeners through an incredible array of sounds and moments that make Radio 1 what it is.
Find out more about Radio 1’s 50th plans, and additional Radio 1 50th programming here