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First English language offshore radio DJ Paul Hollingdale has died

DATELINE    Brighton ,  5th July  2017

Paul Hollingdale one of the first voices heard on the offshore station CNBC (the English language test transmissions from Radio Veronica), in 1961 has died at the age of 79.

However, Paul was probably better known for his career with the BBC and commercial radio - his was the first voice heard when BBC Radio 2 opened on 30th September 1967 (opposite Tony Blackburn opening Radio 1 on the same date).

Paul, who was born in March 1938,  began his career in entertainment at the age of nine when he was an ‘extra’ in the Richard Attenborough film Brighton Rock.

His radio career began on the British Forces Network (BFN) -  later known as BFBS - in Germany in 1958 and the following year he presented  the BBC Light Programme's  forces request show Two Way Family Favourites from Cologne.

In 1960  he returned to the UK , but found difficulty in securing a job (only the BBC and Radio Luxembourg were broadcasting then).

However, through a former BFN colleague, Doug Stanley, he became involved with the short-lived offshore station, CNBC.

After CNBC failed to progress beyond the test transmission stage Paul worked for Radio Luxembourg, initially presenting sponsored shows taped in London and later moving to the Grand Duchy to become one of their resident DJs.

From 1967 Paul was one of the regular presenters of BBC Radio 2's  Breakfast Special programme, but he left the station in January 1970.

During the next few years he worked as a freelance presenter for BBC Radio Brighton and became manager for local singer/songwriter Johnny Wakelin.

In March 1976 Paul joined Radio 210  in Reading and in  1979 he opened Blue Danube Radio, an English-language station in Vienna which he stayed with until its closure in 2000.

Paul also broadcast on a number of other commercial stations: London's LBC, Chiltern Radio, and Radio Luxembourg and  was involved with the launch of Britain's first country music station Country 1035 in 1994.

More recently Paul had  lived in Vienna where he worked as a broadcaster and film commentator for the ORF and other stations, but sadly died in Brighton on 5th July 2017.

 


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