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Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

That was then

Here are a few photos from Johnny Beerling’s new book, Radio 1 � The Inside Scene. Beerling worked inside Radio 1 from its beginning and was the boss from 1985 to 1993. He joined the BBC in 1957 as a technical operator, then studio manager, before becoming a producer. Ten years later, the closing of the pirate stations led the BBC to set up Radio 1.

Steve Wright and producer Malcolm Brown at Radio 1 week in Scotland.

In 1973 Beerling conceived and launched the Radio 1 Roadshow, which ran for 27 years, growing from a small caravan operation on Newquay Beach to an 80′ mobile stage show housed in a series of articulated trucks, supported by a giant outdoor TV display.

John Peel, Producer Mike Hawkes and Beerling in front of the Kremlin while broadcasting a week from Russia.

In 1985 he became controller of the Radio 1 Network. Under his control Radio 1 was recognized as one of the leading music broadcasting stations in the world, with a weekly audience of more than 25 million listeners. In 1992 Beerling was the first non-broadcaster to receive the Ferguson Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio from The Radio Academy and in 1993 was elected president of the Television and Radio Industry Club of Great Britain. More recently he was made a Fellow of The Radio Academy.

Radio 1 DJ Christmas lunch

To purchase Radio 1 � The Inside Scene, visit Beerling’s website at

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Radio Industry Revenues Continue to Slide Downward

By the end of 2008 the radio industry will have experienced its second year of negative growth by tripling station revenue losses to -7 percent, according to the estimates of BIA Advisory Services. BIA’s fourth edition of the quarterly Investing in Radio Market Report also reports that 641 stations have been sold in transactions valued at $698 million from January through October 2008. BIA estimates radio station revenues will hit $16.7 billion in 2008, the lowest in more than five years and the beginning of a downward spiral that will go as low as $15 billion next year before possibly rebounding in the next decade. The chart shows historic and projected radio revenue growths in Arbitron markets from 2002 through 2012, including BIA’s expectations for the coming four years. Read more at

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Source: BIA’s Media Access Pro,BIA Advisory Services