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Since the BBC's pop music station Radio 1 first burst on to the airwaves in 1967, it's played host to hundreds of DJs from all backgrounds including some with a Jewish connection. As the station celebrates its 40th anniversary, SJ remembers the kosher presenters who have taken to the airwaves and finds out what they're up to these days.

Emperor Rosko

One of the original Radio 1 DJs, Emperor Rosko real name Michael Pasternak was born in Hollywood in 1942, the son of film producer Joe Pasternak (famous for such films as the 1945 Frank Sinatra comedy Anchors Aweigh and 1951's The Great Caruso, starring Mario Lanza). He first found fame on pirate station Radio Caroline in 1966, while his distinctive American tones were also heard on Radio Luxembourg and Radio Monte Carlo in France before he joined Radio 1 at its launch in 1967. Originally the host of the lunchtime show, he was a regular on the station in 1976 before returning to the US to be with his father who was suffering from Parkinson's disease but he made a comeback in 1982 with a weekend show.

Where is he now: Hosts a show on Classic Gold and was also heard on the Jewish radio station Shalom FM and he also has his own channel, Rosko Radio. Find out more at: www.roskoradio.net

Gary Davies

Big-haired Gary he of the infmous 'Woo Gary Davies' jingle - was a regular fixture in the Radio 1 schedules throughout the 1980s with his 'Bit In The Middle' (otherwise known as the lunchtime show). Born in Manchester in 1957, he was first heard on his home town's station Radio Piccadilly before he began at Radio 1 in 1982, firstly hosting a weekend show then moving to the all-important lunchtime slot. The show was renowned for such features as the Day To Day Challenge (a phone-in quiz) and The Sloppy Bit (in which a listener dedicated a song to the love of their life), as well as revealing the week's new chart on a Tuesday, while Gary became popular with younger listeners thanks to his 'young free and single' catchphrase. In 1992 he quit the lunchtime show in favour of the weekend breakfast slot, but his reign at Radio 1 came to an end in 1993 when he was one of several long-standing DJs 'sacked' by the station's new controller Matthew Bannister. Not that Gary vanished he subsequently spent six years at Virgin Radio before quitting in 2000.

Where is he now: Hosting a chart show on the digital channel Real Radio.

Emma Freud

The daughter of politician Sir Clement Freud and great-granddaughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Emma was already a regular fixture on TV and radio before Radio 1 came calling in the early 90s. Previously she'd been more used to appearing on shows on Radio 4 (including the long-running quiz show Just A Minute alongside her dad), but after making her debut in a late-night slot in 1993, she was drafted in to replace Jakki Brambles on the lunchtime show. However, the new show a mix of music, news and interviews received a mixed response from critics and listeners, and Emma lasted just over a year before quitting the station in 1994.
Where is she now: As well as popping up on TV and radio from time to time, Emma also works with her other half screenwriter Richard Curtis as a script editor. Most recently she worked on his scripts for long-running BBC1 sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, but she's also acted as script editor on such hit films as Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral, both of which were penned by Curtis. She's also heavily involved with the charity Comic Relief.

Nicky Horne

Originally a road manager for Emperor Rosko, Nicky Horne's moment in the spotlight came when he joined Radio 1 in 1970. He stayed with the station for three years before a lengthy stint with London's Capital FM. However he returned to Radio 1 in the 90s acting as a stand-in for absent DJs, before joining Virgin Radio in 1995 and moving to Radio 2 three years later. As well as his DJing skills, Nicky has also made a name for himself presenting sport programmes on Channel 4 and Sky, including coverage of American football and tennis' Davis Cup.

Where is he now: Hosts a weekly show on Capital Gold every Sunday as well as fronting a regular slot on the digital station Planet Rock. He also does voiceover work and if you want to book Nicky to speak at your office party, you can do that too since he also appears at corporate functions.


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