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Britain’s first disc jockey

Posted in Anniversary, History, Music on Sunday, 27 June 2010

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Painting the famous His Master’s Voice dog. Illustration by Peter Jackson

7 July marks the anniversary of the first radio programme dedicated to gramaphone records broadcast by the BBC. The show, broadcast in 1927, was presented by Major Christopher Stone, an Eton-educated former Royal Fusilier, who collected sea songs and ballads and edited a magazine entitled The Gramaphone, founded in 1923 by Stone’s brother-in-law, author Compton Mackenzie.

Although the idea for broadcasting gramaphones was initially turned down by the BBC, they subsequently relented and thus Stone became the first British disc jockey.

More pictures relating to the history of the gramaphone can be found here. A broader selection of illustrations relating to wireless and radio can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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