BBC Radio 1 Continues It's Dance Music Legacy With New Programming Schedule For 2014

BBC Radio 1 Continues It's Dance Music Legacy With New Programming Schedule For 2014

by Mikey Lavery and Danielle Desmond
12.09.2013

As we move towards a new year and the start of 2014, it was announced that Radio 1 will be bringing more of the world's leading DJs and electronic dance music to the airwaves, something the station has been doing for the past 20 years.

Back in the early 90's, the radio station, which has been championing new music since the sixties, launched a daring programming schedule that would do what no other mainstream radio station had done before, and bring dance music on to the airwaves and into homes to across the UK. As the country experienced an electronic dance music explosion such as the current one here in the U.S., Radio 1 used it's studios as a platform for the DJs, who fans would usually only get to see appearing in clubs, to host their own radio shows, showcasing new music and launching the careers of some of the world's biggest DJs and producers.

With names such as Pete Tong, Danny Rampling, Dave Pearce, Judge Jules, Seb Fontaine and Fergie all part of the Radio 1 schedule, the station made way for electronic music to come out of the clubs and into the public domain. Flagship shows such as Dave Pearce's Dance Anthems, Judge Jules's Weekend Warm Up and Danny Rampling's Love Groove Dance Party as well as the station's longest running show, Pete Tong's Essential Selection, made the DJs household names and, as dance music in the UK grew in popularity, so did Radio 1.

Along with the radio shows came festivals, tours and even an annual Radio One Ibiza weekend, where the station would broadcast live from the clubbing island, and broadcast live sets from inside it's clubs. At one point during it's heyday, the station played dance music from all genres from Friday 6pm right through until Monday 4am, with DJs the likes of Kissy Sell Out, Giles Peterson and Fabio & Grooverider--all pioneers in their genres--having shows on the station and bringing music from outside the mainstream playlists, to a wider audience.

Today, the station still leads the way when it comes to new music and, with the famous Radio 1 Essential Mix bringing lives sets from the world's biggest DJs and it's most famous clubs every weekend, Radio One still sees some of the world's most exciting and popular spinners hosting their own shows. With artists such as James Blake, Heidi, Rockwell, Nervo, George FitzGerald, T.Williams and Branko as well as the latest addition, Steve Angello, all now adding "Radio One residency" to their ever growing resumes, the station, just like has done for generations, finds itself as one of the most important in the world.

Starting January 9th, Radio 1’s 'Residency' broadcast will hold two shows every Thursday night, 9pm-10pm and the usual 12 midnight-2am mix. This BBC Radio 1 residency will reach across the full dance music spectrum bringing exciting new genres and the biggest names to the prestigious BBC Radio 1

George Fitzgerald says: "I have been overwhelmed with the coverage I have received on the station this year, from recording an Essential Mix in January, playing back-to-back with Pete Tong in Ibiza live on air, to getting support on shows such as Zane Lowe and Annie Mac. I grew up listening to the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and John Peel on Radio 1, so now to be offered by own monthly show is very humbling."

Speaking about the new programming, and newest addition Steve Angello, Louise Kattenhorn, Editor at BBC Radio 1, says, "BBC Radio 1 has a rich history of programming for dance music lovers and we are excited to maintain this legacy by launching our new residency with an amazing line-up."

Steve Angello said of his new show, "Since I was a kid BBC Radio 1 has been the most important asset of dance music, with their legendary shows and artist features they have built modern music to what it is today! I am pleased to announce that I'll be joining the family and I'm looking forward to an amazing show with some of the greatest music of today, tomorrow and the future!"

Check the broadcasting schedule below for the lineup and time slots:
  
Thursday January 9, 2014 9pm – Nervo, 12 midnight – Steve Angello

Thursday January 16, 2014 9pm - George FitzGerald, 12 midnight - Heidi

Thursday January 23, 2014 9pm - T.Williams, 12 midnight - James Blake

You can find out more information at BBC Radio 1

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