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Warm tributes were paid to pioneering radio DJ and regular Top of the Pops presenter Janice Long, who died at the age of 66.

Long was a playful and knowledgeable contagious voice on a number of BBC stations for 40 years.

Radio 1 Breakfast, DJ Greg James, described her as “a really brilliant radio person.” “She was so nice and kind to me when I was at the start [Radio 1] and she was on [Radio 2] nights at the same time. She picked the bigger ones and put them in session before the other DJs even heard of them. She was so funny too, ”he said. tweeted.

Long, the sister of late children’s television presenter Keith Chegwin, died on Christmas Day after a brief illness, her agent Nigel Forsyth said.

“Janice was a wonderful, warm human being and an exceptional broadcaster,” he said. “She told a brilliant story and always made you laugh out loud with her sharp wit. She will leave behind her husband, Paul, and two children whose world she thought. “

He said she loved the BBC. After jobs in cabin crew and telesales from Laker Airways, she joined Radio Merseyside as a station assistant in 1979. She became a household name after joining Radio 1 in 1983, becoming the first woman to have its own daily show. Soon, she would become the first regular female presenter of Top of the Pops.

In 1985, she was one of the main presenters of the Live Aid concert organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Ure said his death was “Terrible news. Janice was with us on the pitch at Wembley Stadium when we announced Live Aid. A broadcast legend and an absolute music lover.

Long also had appearances on Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music. Since 2017, she has hosted the evening show on BBC Radio Wales.

Radio 2 host Ken Bruce said: “I’m sorry to hear from dear Janice Long. A great broadcaster and a still great company. We laughed so much while doing Antiques Roadtrip together.

Tim Davie, the BBC’s chief executive, said Long paved the way and will be missed by fans, listeners and colleagues. “Janice Long was an exceptional presenter, who was loved and respected throughout the industry and her passing is a huge loss to music, broadcasting and the BBC.

Long was an early supporter of future stars such as The Smiths, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Primal Scream, Adele and Amy Winehouse, and received a Gold Badge of Basca Merit – from an Academy precursor. Ivors – for his outstanding contribution to music. .

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Tim burgess, of the Charlatans, tweeted: “Janice Long was a supporter and mentor for so many groups. Hearing our records on her show has always been the greatest thrill – her enthusiasm and love shone through. One of a kind. Have a nice trip, we will miss you.

Pierre Crochet, of Joy Division and New Order, said, “Such sad news about Janice Long. She has always been a great friend and a great supporter of our music. She was a lovely woman and a pleasure to be with her.

Pete Wylie, of The Mighty Wah, said Long was brave and brilliant. “The best friend a boy can have – 40!” We said goodbye on Thursday but she will never be far from here. An absolute pro, dedicated to the music she loved and defended, but intelligent, kind, funny, generous. I love you mate. Friends forever.”

Lorna Clarke, Head of Pop Music at the BBC, said: “Everyone on pop radio was saddened to hear of Janice Long’s passing. She has long been admired for her role as a talent seeker and champion of new music, as well as paving the way for female radio and television presenters across the industry. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this sad time. “

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