Music Blogs

30th September

  • By Zindzi Rocque Drayton
  • 3 October 2011


On this day in 1967 BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK. The BBC launched radio 1 as a response to the popularity of offshore pirate radio stations, such as Radio Caroline, which had been outlawed by Parliament. The first on air presenter was former Radio Caroline DJ, Tony Blackburn, who hosted what was effectively the ‘Radio 1 Breakfast Show’. The first song the station played was The Move’s ‘Flower in the Rain’.  
The station’s aim to appeal to the youth was somewhat met with criticism who felt that the middle aged presenters and institutionalised station were too restricted and therefore was at odds to the previous freedom of the pirate stations. However, even early on the show had audiences exceeding 10 million, with up-to 20 million tuning into Blackburn’s Breakfast Show. Radio 1 made history, when they hired Annie Nightingale in 1970, effectively Britain’s first female DJ, and now longest serving presenter, by being adaptable with her musical tastes. 
On this day in 1995 Mariah Carey made chart history when she became the first female act to enter the chart in pole position, starting an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fantasy’. ‘Fantasy’ was her leading single off her 5th studio album. The single was also the first music video Carey had directed entirely on her own. The song won many prestigious awards and was even nominated the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 38th Grammy Awards. Mariah Carey’s ‘Fantasy’ is credited for introducing R&B to a mainstream pop culture,therefore changing the future of music... Unfortunately this hasn’t always been a positive thing... Cher Lloyd. Swagger Jagger. Need I say more.