Blackburn opened his first programme with a light-hearted moan about the traffic, telling listeners that when he first presented a radio breakfast show in the 1960s the only thing he had to navigate on his commute into work were “pigeons in Regent’s Park”.
“Now there are cars,” he chuckled before introducing his first song, The Move’s 1968 hit Flowers in the Rain. As his fans will know, this was the first record he played on his Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Saturday Sept 30 1967.
He also tweeted a personal welcome to the show’s fans before he went on air:
As RadioTimes.com exclusively revealed last month, Sounds of the 60s moved from its old slot of 8am to 10am on Saturdays to a new time of 6am to 8am.
The job represented a boost for Blackburn who was taken off air in February 2016 following criticism of him in Dame Janet Smith’s report into the Jimmy Savile scandal. However in October last year he was given an hour-long show on BBC Radio 2 on Fridays at 7pm, Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour, which he will continue to present.
Matthew, who is 88 and has hosted the programme since April 1990, presented his last edition on 19th November, but returned on Saturday 25th February for his final show.
Radio 2 will also launch an occasional series of programmes scheduled around Bank Holidays, and beginning on Easter Sunday called The Brian Matthew Years, reflecting on his life and times in the world of music.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.