Roger Day

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Roger "Twiggy" Day
Roger 'Twiggy' Day in Margate Dreamland, Kent 2016 - 3.jpg
Roger 'Twiggy' Day in 2016
Born Roger Thomas
(1945-03-29) 29 March 1945 (age 73)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire England
Occupation Disc jockey, Radio personality
Years active 1966–present

Roger "Twiggy" Day (born Roger Thomas in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire England[1] on 29 March 1945) is a radio broadcaster and DJ who began his career in offshore radio, moved to commercial stations, and later presented on BBC Local Radio across southern England.

Early career[edit]

Day appeared on Southern TV's Pop The Question music quiz in 1965, which was hosted by Muriel Young. In 1966 he was working as an accountant by day and part-time DJ at night.

The Pirates[edit]

Day was invited to join Swinging Radio England and was one of the original presenters and was there until the station closed six months later.

In 1967, he joined Radio Caroline South before joining Radio Luxembourg.[2]

He then returned to offshore radio broadcasting with Radio North Sea International, whose then programme director, Larry Tremayne, dismissed him in 1970. He also briefly presented a breakfast show on the new Radio Caroline in the mid-1970s.

Commercial radio[edit]

Since then, Day has been heard on many commercial stations throughout the UK including Manchester's Piccadilly Radio (where he was the first presenter on air), Birmingham's BRMB, Radio West in Bristol, Invicta Radio/Invicta Supergold in Kent, Pirate FM in Cornwall, Jazz FM in London, County Sound in Surrey, Amber Radio in Suffolk and Fusion 107.3 in London.

He has also managed radio stations, including Mellow 1557 in Essex.

Saga 105.7 FM[edit]

For some time after its inception in October 2001, Day was used as a relief breakfast show presenter, standing in for David Hamilton and Les Ross for Saga 105.7 FM in Birmingham. He then took over the Weekday Drivetime show from 4 to 8 pm, (4 – 7 pm on Fridays) and presented a three-hour show on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm playing 1950s and 1960s tunes. He also hosted an hour-long show playing number ones on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 2 pm.

Day has also been involved with a number of failed commercial radio stations with Nigel Reeve including Fusion Radio, Fresh FM, South West Radio Ltd, and YMC.

BBC Radio Kent[edit]

With the closure of Saga and its rebranding as 105.7 Smooth Radio in March 2007 Day presented a show for Smooth Radio. '60s Saturday' played music from that decade between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturdays, but the show ended in September 2007 as Smooth Radio rescheduled some of its programmes.

Day then moved stations and until 2012 began presenting a daily show on BBC Radio Kent every weekday evening from 7 to 10 pm. The show was heard on six stations (BBC Radio Kent, BBC Sussex,[3] BBC Surrey, BBC Radio Solent,[4] BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford)[5] in the South and South East of England. The programme featured the music from the past 6 decades plus in depth interviews with those who made it. Interviewees included Ray Davies, Marianne Faithfull, Sir Cliff Richard, James Morrison, Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood, Florence & The Machine, Foreigner and Mr. Hudson. Until summer 2010 he also presented a Sunday afternoon show from 2 to 5 pm only on BBC Radio Kent.

As of the DQF proposals for the BBC being approved on 16 May 2012, his programme for BBC radio stations in the South and South West were replaced by a new cross-England show on all BBC local stations.

As of early 2013, Roger Day has a weekly show on BBC Radio Kent taking over Dave Cash's classic countdown show in 2017 featuring the charts of 1960 til 1979. He presents a daily show on the Internet plus, and a weekday show on Delux Radio.[6]

Day was nominated for Radio Show of the Year for the Music Week 2012 Awards alongside Chris Evans, Steve Lamacq, Mistajam and Ronnie Wood. The winner was Steve Lamacq of 6music.

Day can also be heard presenting regular shows on Radio Caroline, which he has been doing since 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RTD History". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ Radio's pirate queen still rules at 40
  3. ^ "Presenter profile: Roger Day", BBC Sussex, 26 August 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2018
  4. ^ Yandell, Chris (20 August 2012), "Listener petition to save the Roger Day show on BBC Radio Solent", Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 27 January 2018
  5. ^ "When is local radio not local?", Radio Times, 2 February 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2018
  6. ^ "Weekly show for Alex Lester on BBC Radio Kent", Radio Today. Retrieved 27 January 2018

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