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Noel in 1973




Presenting a lunchtime Radio 1 Club broadcast





Celebrating taking over the Breakfast Show in 1974, pictured with (L-R) Peter Powell, Jimmy Savile, DLT, Paul Gambaccini, Simon Bates and David Jensen.


On stage 1976. He said in an interview that

 "Roadshows were more like holidays than work"
















Born in Ilford, Essex in 1948, Noel Edmonds gained 10 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels at Brentwood Public School. Instead of University, however, Noel opted for Radio; Luxembourg was his first station in 1968, moving to Radio 1 in July 1969.

Here he initially worked in the Sound Trails Department. Noel was first heard on Radio 1 on July 21st, and on November 2nd he started his Sunday morning Workshop shows.

Noel Edmonds replaced the sacked Kenny Everett on Saturdays in July 1970, later moving again to Sundays and in June 1973 took over from Tony Blackburn to present the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, attracting a record 12 million listeners per week.

His Radio 1 shows were highly produced, (by Dave Tate) and included listener phone-ins and much humour (including on Sundays BBC Radio 4 announcer Brian Perkins). He used to telephone unsuspecting members of the public pretending to be an awkward official, with a jingle 'If It Wasnae For Your Wellies' ...(an example of the competition prizes given out can be seen below...Radio 1 received 250,000 entries for these stickers with only 250 winners! Other prizes included radio 1 gnomes, fairies, loofahs, and a balaclava with the hole on the wrong side!)

On the breakfast show Noel sent out a 'school report' signed by him for display in the classroom. The show was broadcast from two service stations and the hotel where James Hunt was staying in the 1976 Texaco Tour of Britain. In April of that year he presented a show 'flying' from Gatwick to Aberdeen. Many listeners were patiently waiting at Aberdeen airport to see Noel arrive, however the whole broadcast was an elaborate hoax!

He presented the Radio 1 Breakfast Show until April 1978, was heard again at weekends and in 1983 left to host the new BBC1 Saturday morning television  show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (there was even an annual published in his name in 1979!) . This was followed by, amongst other TV shows, The Saturday Roadshow, Telly Addicts and Noel's House Party .

He is Chairman of the Unique Group of companies, a media production and management business which he founded in the

mid 1980's. He owns a helicopter and lives in Devon, England with his wife Helen and four daughters.


Noel Edmonds was back on BBC Radio to present Radio 2's Drivetime show from 4 August to 3 October 2003 sitting in for Johnnie Walker who was  undergoing treatment for cancer. Noel said in a BBC interview "This is a bittersweet experience. I am a huge fan of Johnnie's and I wish him a full and speedy recovery. "It's a great opportunity and I'm very excited to be back behind the mic, at the country's most listened to radio station."




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Opening a Show with big talk 1970


Prince Charles gives a Reminder 1970


Ending a show Saturday 03.10.70 MP3


'30 Billion' spent! opening 1971


The Stoned Ranger 1971


Tina gets sweaty 1972


Prizes for Good Drivers 1972


The Following 4 clips are taken from a Breakfast Show Dec 7th 1973


"You're as Beautiful as You Feel" (64Kbps)  24Kbps MP3


"Carol King is what it's all about" MP3


You too can join the Breakfast Bike Club MP3


A 'Fly-away Friday' MP3



Super Noel has an idea 1973


Introducing a Radio 1 morning show (wma) 32Kbps


Roadshow Southport August 1975  (Low Quality Audio)


Clip from a 1975 show (32Kbps)


Noel's 'Tile of Two Cities' 1976 MP3


A listener complains to Noel 1976 MP3


Desmond the Duck on his breakfast show 1976 MP3 


Trailer' for show's prize; a balaclava with no hole!


Famous plane 'journey' on April 1st 1976

RAY WARD from Reading wrote to Radio Rewind in March 2004;

"I liked the Noel Eds clips - particularly the flight-to-Aberdeen hoax. I remember listening to it before going to school. When he "took off" he played "up, up and away in my beautiful" balloon which jumped a couple of times as the wheels left the ground. Even my parents thought it was for real!"

With Mud jingle in 1976


Last Breakfast Show April 28th1978


Good to be back on Sundays after 5 years (1978)




In 1981 Noel Edmonds released an LP containing 16 hilarious 'Funny Phone Calls' as broadcast live on-air from 1975 to 1980 during his morning Radio 1 shows. Noel received 3,000 phone call suggestions per week.


Noel's LP intro with first 'silly call' 1975. (Mp3 2 mins)


Other wind-up calls on the LP included "Booking a Band to play in the Nude" and "Haggis Shooting".


Noel warns the telephone user! (Mp3 15 secs)


All royalties from the sale of this album went to the Leukaemia Trust fund at a Swindon Hospital.




Back on BBC Radio - 04.08.03.




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