by Anne Nightingale
Hello there. First I think I should introduce myself. My name is Anne Nightingale and I have the distinction(?) of being the only lady/girl/female/woman disc jockey on national radio in England. My show is on the BBC pop/rock network, Radio One, and goes out on Sunday afternoons. It has an audience of around two million, stretching across the British Isles from the north of Scotland to Ireland, Wales and over into France, Belgium, Norway and Sweden, which is fairly mind-blowing! It’s a very student and rockafficianado audience who like the Eagles, The Who, Steely Dan, Led Zep, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell … et al. In fact et Al Stewart, Al Kooper, and Alice Cooper! This year, I was voted into the Top Ten British disc jockeys by the music press—the first time it’s happened to a lady. May this be encouragement to hopeful female DJs everywhere!
I also host interview programmes and documentaries for the BBC (sometimes TV as well) and I write for magazines. Perhaps all this led me to Rock Around The World. Certainly, I’m happy to be bringing you some radio conversations from across the Atlantic.
It’s been a pretty spectacular summer for rock events in England. We’ve seen The Stones (twice), David Bowie, The Who, Elton John and Eric Clapton. Several of the gigs have been out of doors—and it rained only for the Who. I blame Mick Jagger for this, ‘cuz he said it would.
Before The Who left England for their U.S. mini-tour (Miami and Washington D.C.) Roger Daltry donated a silver cup to a pony club in Sussex. A serious-minded boy rideT, aged about nine years old asked if Roger was