The iconic DJ and BBC Radio 1’s first female presenter passed away at the age of 83 following a short illness.
Tributes from around the world are pouring in following the passing of BBC Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale, who died at home in London on January 11th following a short illness.
Nightingale, 83, was hailed as an innovator who consistently championed underground music and undiscovered talents across a multitude of genres. She was the first female presenter on BBC Radio 1 and became a Guinness World Record holder for the longest career in that distinction. Since she joined the programme in 1970, she has become a household name and been awarded an MBE in 2002 and a CBE in 2020.
The Annie Nightingale Show has been a flagship of the program and a platform for both emerging and established artists. She was also one of the co-hosts of the legendary music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
“Never underestimate the role model she became,” reads a statement released by her family. “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.”
Written by: Nick Witness