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Steve Lamacq bows out of Radio 1

Steve Lamacq
Lamacq was an occasional Top of the Pops host during his time at Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Steve Lamacq has hosted his last show for the station after 16 years as part of the line-up.

The 43-year-old signed off his final new music show by thanking his fans and telling them to "keep the faith" before playing a song of that name.

Lamacq began his Radio 1 career hosting The Evening Session with Jo Whiley, who later moved to a daytime slot.

The broadcaster will remain on Radio 2 and 6 Music, where he will continue to champion new and indie music.

'Didn't forget'

His 6 Music show is broadcast on weekday nights, while his Radio 2 programme is heard late night on Wednesdays.

Before he played his last song, by The Neurotics, Lamacq explained: "When I was finally given the push by Radio 1, I was planning to finish my last ever programme with a particular song by this band - I didn't forget."

He said that he had followed the political punk group around as a teenage fanzine writer, and later made the pledge to play Keep The Faith as his parting track.

The former NME journalist presented The Evening Session on his own until the end of 2002, when it was axed.

He was reunited with Whiley in 2007 for a one-off special as part of Radio 1's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Lamacq said that his time on Radio 1 was "a wonderful opportunity to try and subvert pop music from within".

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