Keith Skues

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Keith Skues MBE (born 4 March 1939[1]) is a British radio personality.


Skues was born in Timperley, Cheshire. His broadcasting career began on the British Forces Network in Cologne, Germany, in 1958.[1] This was followed by overseas tours to Kuwait, Kenya and Aden. He returned to Britain in 1964 and joined Radio Caroline,[1] then Radio Luxembourg in 1966 and Radio London in the summer of the same year.

He was one of the original presenters on the newly launched BBC Radio 1 in 1967,[1] and was heard on the very first day, following on from Tony Blackburn, presenting Saturday Club. In 1969, he took over the weekday afternoon show before moving on to What's New, which was broadcast every weekday from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. Other Radio shows included Album Time, Radio 1 Club and Night Ride, which was also broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 2.

Skues left Radio 1 in 1974 and was appointed director of Radio Hallam (now Hallam FM) in Sheffield.[1] By 1980, he was the longest serving programme director in music radio[citation needed]. In 1987, Hallam merged with two other Yorkshire stations to form The Yorkshire Radio Network with Skues being made Group Programme Consultant. In 1989, the group launched Classic Gold on its AM frequencies and Skues became programme controller, as well as broadcasting six days a week.

In 1991, Skues briefly took over the afternoon show on BBC Radio Sheffield. He then had a brief spell on the late afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. In January 1992, he went to Saudi Arabia for two months as Public Relations Officer for the Royal Air Force detachment in Dhahran. Squadron Leader Skues was a member of the public relations team at RAF Marham for the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1993, an event which was attended by members of the Royal Family.

From 1995, he broadcast programmes on Monday–Friday nights from 10 pm to 1 am on BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Essex, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Three Counties.[1] BBC Radio Lincolnshire also take his show on Sundays, although it is generally not in their BBC region.

In May 2005, Skues took semi-retirement, but could still be heard on the above BBC Local Radio stations on Sundays from 9 pm to 1 am with a show entitled Pirate Radio Skues, which included an "archive hour", replaying an hour of classic pirate radio from home-taped recordings. The "Archive Hour" was discontinued in 2009, following changes to BBC compliance rules. From the start of 2010, the word 'Pirate' was dropped from the programme's title, and the programme also included music from the 1970s. With effect from 3 October 2010, Keith's Eastern Counties programme was reduced in length - 11 pm to 1 am. From January 2013 his Sunday evening programme 'Skues Me' was extended by an hour and can be heard on BBC Radios Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Three Counties Radio, Cambridge, Northampton and Lincolnshire from 10 pm to 1 am; also heard on BBC iPlayer 'Listen Live' or 'Listen Again.'

From 2007 until 2010 he also had a rock and roll show on Saturdays from 7 pm to 9 pm, entitled Rock'n'Roll Heaven, on BBC Three Counties Radio (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire).

He was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.[2]


  • Radio Onederland, Landmark Press, Lavenham, Suffolk 1968;
  • Cornish Heritage, Werner Shaw, London WC2H 0HY 1983 ISBN 0-907961-00-2;
  • Pop Went the Pirates, Lambs' Meadow, Sheffield 1994 ISBN 0-907398-02-2;
  • Harringay Lodge No.2763, Lambs' Meadow, Norfolk 1999;
  • That's Entertainment, Lambs' Meadow, Norfolk 2005 ISBN 0-907398-04-9;
  • Pop Went the Pirates II, Lambs' Meadow, Norfolk 2009 ISBN 978-0-907398-05-9;
  • Pirate Radio An Illustrated History (with David Kindred), Amberley Publishing, Stroud, Gloucester 2016, Paperback ISBN 978-1-4456-5905-3. ebook ISBN 978-1-4456-3776 1


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Keith Skues". BBC Radio Norfolk. 23 August 2005. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Honours for Norfolk residents". BBC News. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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