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Tony Blackburn to celebrate 50 years on air on BBC Local Radio

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Tony Blackburn is to celebrate 50 years on air with a one-off special broadcast across all BBC Local Radio stations.

The programme will mark the 50th anniversary of the broadcaster's first radio show to the day, and will air on Friday, July 25 at 7pm.

Tony Blackburn at The Radio Academy Awards 2014 at The Grosvenor House Hotel

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Guests and performers will include Smokey Robinson, Beverley Knight, Jaki Graham, Noel Edmonds and Pat Sharp, among others.

Blackburn made his first radio broadcast on the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline, before launching BBC Radio 1 in 1967. He has presented on the BBC for 47 years, and regularly hosts shows on BBC Berkshire, BBC 3CR, BBC London and BBC Radio 2.

The show will be partly pre-recorded in front of a live studio audience on Monday (July 21). It will be broadcast live from BBC London to all BBC local stations.

He said of the programme: "I can't believe it's been 50 years! Being a radio presenter is the greatest job in the world and I've loved every minute.

"I can't wait to share some of my favourite tracks, people and memories on air with listeners around the country. I'm really looking forward to doing the show, it will be good fun."

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