Janice Long became a national broadcaster when she joined BBC Radio 1 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. Her passion for discovering new talent and current affairs made the award-winning Janice Long show a must listen. She went on to host shows four nights a week on the country’s most listened to station – BBC Radio 2, leaving only recently in January 2017 followed by a move to BBC Radio Wales.
Summed up recently, The Radio Times quoted “This woman has 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 encyclopaedic; 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’s dedication to promoting new talent was recognised when she was presented with Woman of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Other bands and artists she has given a first break to include The Smiths, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Adele, Amy MacDonald, Scouting for Girls, Richard Hawley. Janice is a patron to LIPA, founded by Paul McCartney, and a judge for the Mercury Music Awards.
She will be coming to Lunar to conduct a series of ‘In Conversation With’ sessions. Guests will include Labour MP Jess Philips, Birmingham author Catherine O’Flynn and more yet to be announced.