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Hey Hi Hello by Annie Nightingale

Hey Hi Hello: Five Decades of Pop Culture from Britain's First Female DJ

Annie Nightingale

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orion Books Ltd
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781474616683

50 stories and encounters in the inimitable voice of Annie Nightingale, celebrating 50 years of broadcasting and presenting at the BBC

4 stars out of 5
Sukhdev Sandhu
1 Oct 2020

"Nightingale herself has lost none of her gusto. "

The time when Radio 1 broadcasters were vetted by a branch of M15 is over. Few listeners believe that the ideal DJs are “‘husband substitutes’, jolly chaps who would keep the little woman at home entertained”. Nightingale herself has lost none of her gusto. She’s still an evangelist for nocturnal radio: in the witching hours, DJs are more likely to be untethered from daytime playlists and to be given free rein. They can establish greater intimacy. “People maybe don’t realise how much fun you can have when the bosses aren’t listening,” she writes. She could “read out messages like: ‘Shout out to Gaz – hurry up and get round to ours, mate, we’ve run out of Rizlas.’”


3 stars out of 5
24 Sep 2020

"her encounters with the wild men of rock end up sounding as wholesome as a vicarage tea party"

The chapter about the legendary Nightingale Request Show, which ran for many years on Sunday at 7pm, is one of the best. The listeners made strenuous attempts to persuade her to play their requests, sending in their song choices on rolls of fake parchment or banana skins, cutting out letters to make it look like a ransom note, or writing their request backwards so it could be read only in a mirror. The show ended in 1994 but she still gets tweets from people who have kept their cassette tapes of those broadcasts. One of the problems with Hey Hi Hello is that Annie simply refuses to spill the beans.