One of the UK’s leading music broadcasters has passed away: Annie Nightingale has died aged 83.
The first woman to DJ on BBC Radio 1, she became their longest running presenter, and an absolute fixture of the UK music scene for decades, Nightingale never stopped championing brilliant music.
Her family has issued a statement:
“Annie was a pioneer, trailblazer and an inspiration to many. Her impulse to share that enthusiasm with audiences remained undimmed after six decades of broadcasting on BBC TV and radio globally.
“Never underestimate the role model she became. Breaking down doors by refusing to bow down to sexual prejudice and male fear gave encouragement to generations of young women who, like Annie, only wanted to tell you about an amazing tune they had just heard.
“Watching Annie do this on television in the 1970s, most famously as a presenter on the BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, or hearing her play the latest breakbeat techno on Radio One is testimony to someone who never stopped believing in the magic of rock ‘n’ roll.”