This was billed as the nation's answer and replacement to Pirate Radio in the UK. For after 3 years of playing pop music from ships anchored outside the 3 mile limit of British shores these pirates had been shut down by the spoil-sport government.
How successful this legitimate replacement proved is open to debate and opinion, but it was at the time heralded with a great deal of excitement and many a fanfare.Tomorrow at precisely the exact hour of the original launch (06.55) BBC2 and DJ Tony Blackburn will do it all again and you can tune in your transistor radios - sorry DAB / Cable TV / smart phone / computer / Clock radio - or what ever device you currently listen to the radio on, and remember Wonderful Radio 1. (iplayer link here)
For more information and a rundown on the original programme see the excellent website Radio Rewind. Most people can recall that the first song played was The Move's 'Flowers in the Rain', and it was, right after the Radio 1 music jingle and the Tony Blackburn Show's theme by Johnny Dankworth called 'Beefeaters' - overlaid with Tony's wretched dog Arnold barking. Here's The Move:
Radio BBC2 is on FM between 88.1 - 90.2 MHz