Pete Brady: From Radio One DJ to 4LEGS Community Radio

Pete Brady, radio and TV star from the 1960s and 1970s, now lives in Shefford Woodlands.

Pete’s first career of water skiing

Pete was born in Canada and developed a passion for radio in his teens but his father was posted to the Caribbean where Pete discovered a talent for water skiing when he lived in Jamaica. With a background of skiing on snow as a child in Canada he definitely had a knack.

Pete trick skiing in Ruislip where he learnt to ski in cold freshwater which is less buoyant than sea water, preparing for the World Championship in Vichy in 1962.

Being a Canadian he was allowed to ski for England and winter training was a literal shock to the system.

 

Pete slalom skiing in Cypress Gardens, Florida

Pete ski jumping in the UK, practicing in cold water conditions in preparation for international competitions.

Radio

When Pete retired from water skiing he decided to settle in London. Before Pete moved to the UK he had done some presenting for Radio Jamaica. But to this day he does not know why he got the call to work on the new Radio London pirate ship.

 

The mine sweeper Galaxy was brought over from America and converted to the Radio London Pirate station. The DJs lived for two weeks at a time and then had a week onshore.

The whole boat transmitted so it was actually quite hard to get aboard without getting a shock.

During this time Pete shared a flat with fellow DJ Kenny Everett in London.

 

After a couple of years on the pirate ship, Pete was ready for a change. His agent Buddy Lewis, encouraged him, like fellow DJ Simon Dee, to come ashore and he was offered a show on the BBC Light Show which became Radio 1 and Radio 2.

Here is the line up of DJs on the launch day of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in September 1967: Pete (‘three-badge’) Brady is second from the right in the back row.

Others among the all-male crew include Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Pete Murray, Ed Stewart and John Peel.

Pete in his Radio 1 studio from where he had a major six-day-a-week afternoon slot Monday to Saturdays. 

He played a varied mix of current pop and rock music, new releases as well as big band, jazz and instrumental music. 

The second half of the show was also carried on BBC Radio 2.

TV

Pete’s success as a DJ set him up for a presenting role on the new Magpie children’s programme that competed with Blue Peter.

 

The original Magpie Team. Left to Right: Pete Brady, Susan Stranks, Tony Bastable

Pete with Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin filming an episode of Magpie.

This episode was shot at Apple Music on Saville Row – McCartney had written Those Were the Days sung by Mary Hopkin.

 

 

Life After Magpie

The celebrity life of a TV star wore thin for Pete after a few years. Deciding his privacy was important to him, he quit the BBC and started producing commercials and events for big clients such as Rover and Rolls Royce.

 

Cavalcade at Blenheim Palace of almost every Rolls-Royce model made.

Launch of the Rover 700 at the NEC in Birmingham

Pete with fellow DJ Johnnie Walker during the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Radio 1 & 2. 

Luckily for us, Pete never lost his love for radio and is delighted to present the breakfast show for 4LEGS Community Radio which is based near where he lives in Shefford Woodlands.

 

 

Interviews with Pete

For lots more of Pete’s stories, listen to us interviewing him here:

15 March – from 19 mins 30 sec 

26 April – from 24 mins 45 sec

3 May – from 27 mins 05 sec

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Who pays for Social Care ?
Office Administrator required in Newbury
Wantage Student Writing Challenge, with the chance to win a book token from the Madhatter Bookshop in Wantage
Nominate Your Unsung Hero For A Newbury Town Civic Award 2020
Hungerford Town Council Update January/February 2020
Have your say on West Berkshire Council’s draft Environment Strategy
February 2020 Special Offers on Penny Post
Important Information from ‘The Council’, February 2019 (or 2020)
Slider

Coverage Area

What's On

Feb
20
Thu
2020
all-day Ali’s Barbers and the Fawlty Sle... @ Kennet School
Ali’s Barbers and the Fawlty Sle... @ Kennet School
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
Ali's Barbers and the Fawlty Sleeves - KATS panto! @ Kennet School | England | United Kingdom
A Pitch-Perfect pantomime – great fun for all the family! There are three evening performances at 7.30pm from the 20th to 22nd, as well as
all-day Dick Whittington and his Cat – K...
Dick Whittington and his Cat – K...
Feb 20 all-day
Dick Whittington and his Cat - Kintbury Panto
Thursday 20 Feb (7.30 pm) Friday 21 Feb (3pm & 7.30 pm) Saturday 22 Feb (1 pm & 6 pm) Refreshments and evening bar available
9:00 am Newbury Thursday and Saturday Ma... @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place)
Newbury Thursday and Saturday Ma... @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place)
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Newbury Thursday and Saturday Market @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place) | Newbury | England | United Kingdom
Newbury Market is a bustling one-stop shop for all your essentials. The majority of the traders have been on the market for many years so
9:30 am Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library
Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library
Feb 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Computer Lessons for beginners Every Thursday morning at Thatcham Library. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
10:00 am Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library
Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime/Storytime for 0 to 5 years Alternating on Thursday in TERM TIME ONLY – 10.00-10.30am at Pangbourne Library. For more information, please contact the library.

Sign up to the free weekly

Penny Post

e-newsletter 

for local, positive news, events, jobs, recipes, recommendations & more.

Covering: Hungerford, Marlborough, Wantage,   Lambourn, Newbury, Thatcham & Theale