Janice Long

Janice Long became a national broadcaster when she joined BBC Radio One in 1983. With a trunk full of records she headed to London and became the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1. Further she went on to become the first woman to host Top Of The Pops in the 1980's for 5 golden years. Her passion for discovering new talent and current affairs made the award winning presenter a must listen for spotty youths across Great Britain. Those youths and new youths now tune in to her on BBC Radio Wales, Monday-Thursday evenings, Greatest Hits Radio every Saturday afternoon and on Radio 2 presenting docu series A Long Walk With.......

The Radio Times quoted “This woman made a seamless segue from Radio 1 to Top of the Pops to a late-night slot on Radio 2 without any dampening of her passionate fire for music, old and new. Her knowledge of music is encyclopedic; audience engagement remains her motivation. And, lest we forget, it was Janice who championed Primal Scream and was the DJ who gave Amy Winehouse her first radio session.”

Janice inbetween her journey from Radio 1 to Radio 2 also presented the Dream Ticket for BBC 6 Music 5 days a week, 10pm-midnight,  the GLR breakfast show and XFM breakfast show. 

Janice’s dedication to promoting new talent was recognized when she was presented with the lifetime achievement award at The Liverpool Music Awardswith for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Other bands & artists she has given a first break to include The Smiths, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Primal Scream, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Amy MacDonald, Boy Azooga, Rachel K Collier , Richard Hawley.

Long has been awarded an BASCA Gold badge of merit for her outstanding contribution to music and, this year, was awarded an honorary doctorate for Music and Art by Edge Hill University. Long also had her photograph portrait hung in the Royal College of Art as part of an exhibition celebrating woman pioneers, alongside Dame Shirley Williams, Betty Boothroyd and Nicola Adams.

Janice is a patron to LIPA, founded by Paul McCartney, and a judge for the Mercury Music Awards. Acting has been a dream for Janice ever since she started practicing at the age of 8 or 9. She was a member of Merseyside Youth Drama and acted leading roles alongside Sue Jenkins, Dean Sullivan. But life took a different turn and she promised herself she would turn to it when older. Then recently she appeared in a Radio 4 play written by Roy Boulter and Louise Wener, Janice played herself alongside Joe Absalom. So any further suggestions?

You might also hear Janice on Radio 4 having hosted Pick of the Week and Life at LIPA, a series that raises the curtain on the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Past & Present Radio work.

BBC Radio Wales (4 days a week)

Greatest Hits Radio - Saturday afternoons

BBC Radio 2 (4 days a week), BBC GLR (BBC London) Breakfast,

BBC Radio 4. Host of Pick of the Week, Life at LIPA.

BBC Radio 5Live, XFM Breakfast, BBC WM Saturday Breakfast.

BBC Radio 6 Music- the Dream Ticket 5 days a week 10pm-midnight

BBC Radio 1

Past & Present TV work

Career highlights for Janice must be being the first female presenter of Top of The Pops in the 80’s and a main host presenter for Live Aid.

Janice reviews the Papers at the weekend for BBC News. She recently narrated BBC 4’s “How to Make a Number One Record” and has been interviewed for “The Story Of Independent Music”.


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    Janice Long