Monday, 12 March 2018

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Peter Powell 

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Peter Powell
Birth namePeter James Barnard-Powell
BornMarch 24, 1951 (age 66)
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, radio presenter
Years active1970–present
Peter James Barnard-Powell (born 24 March 1951) is an English former disc jockey, popular on BBC Radio 1 in the late 1970s and 1980s, who has a second career in talent management.
Peter Powell kept subtly reintroduced the phrase "Faffing About" whilst broadcasting on the very strict (no advertising) BBC's Radio 1 programme prior to a Levi's promotion night, for Mark Pfaff of "Pfaff's" in Weston-Super-Mare in the 1980s at Crackers Nightclub, which snowballed as a catchphrase.



Early career[edit]

Powell was educated at Uppingham School, a boys' Independent school in Rutland in England. Powell began his broadcasting career as the first voice on air when BBC Radio Birmingham launched in 1970, and then had a brief spell on Radio 1 in 1972.
He then went to Radio Luxembourg before rejoining Radio 1 in 1977. Almost immediately after his arrival at the station he made his debut as a Top of the Pops presenter, joining Radio 1 colleagues on the roster.

Radio 1 career[edit]

Powell began as a weekend presenter on the station, presenting a Sunday show from 10 am to 1 pm, before a move to Saturdays in October 1978, again from 10 am to 1 pm.[1]
In 1980 he took over the weekday afternoon show running from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, before taking over the weekday teatime slot in 1981 from 5 to 7 pm. The show went out from 4:30 to 7 pm in 1982.
His best remembered features are 5 45s at 5.45, where Powell played five new singles, and the Record Race, in which listeners had to identify songs purely from their intros. Every Tuesday he ran through the new singles chart which had been revealed at lunchtime (until 1987) - the first chance many young listeners got to hear the new Top 40. He also featured the album chart on Wednesday evenings.
Pete Tong - now one of Radio 1's longest-serving DJs - made his first appearance on the network on Powell's show in the early 1980s, presenting a dance music feature.[2] Powell was an early champion of a number of successful mainstream 1980s acts, including Spandau BalletCulture Club and Duran Duran as well as Australian new wave band The Church. He compered Duran Duran's charity concert at Villa Park 1983 as well as the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986 three years later, which featured George Harrison.
From 29 September 1984 until his departure from the station on 25 September 1988[3] Powell presented the weekend breakfast show from 8 to 10 am. Throughout his 11-year stay at Radio 1 he became strongly associated with the Radio 1 Roadshow, which he presented each summer, and other outside broadcasts. He was also known for hosting the TV coverage of the annual Montreux Rock Festival and for his high-profile relationship with fellow Radio 1 DJ Janice Long between October 1984 and July 1985.[4]


Since leaving the station he has not returned to radio and has concentrated on building his management company (James Grant Media Group)[5] with his business partner Russ Lindsay and other financial activities, which have proved successful.
In 1990 Powell married Anthea Turner, a TV host who was previously in a relationship with Powell's successor on the teatime show, Bruno Brookes. He was also her manager. Their marriage broke up in 1998.[6]

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