Kenny Everett's First Radio 2 show - 1981

Sep 28, 2011, 06:45 PM
There are some broadcasters of whom little remains by way of archive material. Thankfully, the same cannot be said of Kenny.

Listening to a slice of him sounds as fresh now as it did decades ago. Is it really so long since we lost him? 

His style changed over the years, almost from the typical adlib, through spells of high production, and back out the other side. His studio was always the place where he could be himself, as with so many broadcasters. He just spent his time there more wisely and skilfully than so many. Arguably, the DNA of many broadcasters can be heard on some of today's radio stations to this day, but just maybe Kenny's was never quite transferred so freely. He was a one off.

Hear him here back on the BBC, on the ever-so-respectable Radio 2. Who would have imagined the oft-sacked Maurice Cole would once again have a BBC payroll number.