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Radio Luxembourg DJs hold reunion

Former Radio Luxembourg DJs (l-r): David Jensen, Timmy Mallet, Mike Read and Emperor Rosko
Former Luxembourg DJs include David Jensen (l) and Mike Read (centre)

Disc jockeys including David Jensen and Mike Read, who broadcast from music station Radio Luxembourg, have held a reunion to mark its 75th anniversary.

In its 1960s heyday, the station became popular for playing pop music aimed at teenage listeners for the first time.

Jensen said Radio Luxembourg made a "massive impact" on the lives of people "desperate for entertainment".

The station, which came off the air in 1992, also launched the careers of Noel Edmonds and Sir Jimmy Savile.

'Holy Grail'

Teenagers famously tuned in to Radio Luxembourg under their bed covers and had to contend with its at times unreliable signal on medium wave.

The signal was beamed into the UK from Luxembourg at a time when there was little choice for radio listeners.

Former presenters also include BBC Radio 1 breakfast presenter Chris Moyles.

Jimmy Savile at Radio Luxembourg
Jimmy Savile broadcasting from Radio Luxembourg

The station's popularity was hit in the late 60s by pirate radio stations including Radio Caroline and the advent of BBC Radio 1 in 1967.

Paul Burnett, who worked on the station from 1967-74, said that at the time, landing a job on Radio Luxembourg - also known by its wavelength, 208 - was the peak of a DJ's career.

"When you got the job, when you were told that you were going to be on 208, it was the Holy Grail as far as I was concerned.

"All the DJs I'd admired, Pete Murray, Jimmy Savile and all those kind of people, were almost mythical figures, they came out the radio but I never dreamt that one day I might do that job," he added.

While the medium wave service shut in 1992, Radio Luxembourg returned on digital radio and the internet in 2005.

Country profile: Luxembourg
10 Jul 08 |  Country profiles

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