Janice Long is best-known as a BBC Radio 1 Radio 2 presenter and Top of the Pops host, but she has now passed away at the age of 66, according to her agent.
Long-time host for BBC Radio Wales‘Evening show, died in her home on Christmas Day with her family.
Her career spanned over five decades and she became the first woman to own her own radio station.
Tim Davie, BBC general director, described her as an “excellent presenter”, who is loved by everyone in the industry.
For five years, Long was the host of Top of the Pops. She is also the first female to have done this.
In 1985, she was one of the major presenters at the Live Aid charity concert.
Long was passionately involved in music. He championed many artists even before they reached chart success. This included the singer Amy Winehouse and Primal Scream.
The broadcaster has also granted early break opportunities to Adele and The Smiths as well as The Coral, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and The Coral.
She was born in Liverpool and her brother Keith Chegwin (who died in 2017).
She was a Mercury Music Awards judge and patron, as well as a member of Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Long also served as a DJ at BBC Radio 6 Music over two years starting in 2002.
Nigel Forsyth was her agent and described Long to be a “wonderful warm human being” as well as an exceptional broadcaster.
He said that “She was a great storyteller and made everyone laugh with her sharp wit.” She also left behind Paul, her husband and their two children.
Midge Ure is a singer and Live Aid organizer. Send a tweetLong, a “broadcast legend” and “absolute music lover”, was there to support him when Live Aid was declared at Wembley Stadium.
Many others from the world of music have also paid their respects.
Tim Burgess, Charlatans’ Tim Burgess stated that Long was an original and a mentor to so many other bands.
“We were thrilled to hear our music on her radio show. Her passion and love shined through.” He tweeted.
Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds, a fellow Liverpudlian, is also a Liverpudlian. said:“So sorry to hear about Janice Long’s passing. Everyone who knew her will miss her greatly.”
Greg James, BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host said that Long was “truly brilliant radio personality” and was kind to me when she was listening on my earphones on R1 as well as on her R2 nightly shows.
“She selected the greatest songs and put them on session long before most DJs even knew about them.” “She was a great laugh.” He tweet.
Adele Roberts, Radio 1’s fellow DJ, wrote to Long via Twitter: “Thanks to everything you did for inspiring others and opening doors for other women radio presenters to flourish.”
Colin Paterson of BBC Radio Wales stated that the BBC Radio Wales’ head said that she was not interested in her own radio shows but instead saw them as an opportunity to find, share, and champion music.
He stated, “None have done more for the nurturing of new talent in music and arts”
Radio Wales was able to bring her music passion and support Welsh music artists in 2017. We will miss her enthusiasm, knowledge and laugh.
Long was also a host on Greatest Hits Radio. This show paid tribute to Long’s “illustrious career”, “significant role in broadcasting” and added that she will be missed.
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