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
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
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
'30 Billion' spent! opening 1971
The Stoned Ranger 1971
Tina gets sweaty 1972
Prizes for Good
Super Noel has an
a Radio 1 morning show (wma)
Roadshow Southport August 1975 (Low
Clip from a 1975 show (32Kbps)
Noel's 'Tile of Two Cities' 1976
A listener complains to Noel
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;
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
jingle in 1976
Last Breakfast Show
Good to be back on Sundays after 5
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.
BBC Radio - 04.08.03.