When Annie Nightingale spun her first disc at BBC Radio 1, The Beatles were still together and Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were still alive. Forty years later and the station's first female DJ is still there - and now she's won a Guiness World Record as the world's longest-serving female radio presenter. The previous Guinness World record for the...
"When I took the wrong record off and caused eight seconds of dead air on my very first Radio 1 show, I thought that was the beginning and end of me," she said. "Since then I think it's been a case of keep cool and carry on.
Annie was awarded an MBE for her services to broadcasting in 2002 and two years later she became the only woman to date to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
Her weekly show (Fridays from 2am-4am) has won best radio show at the International Breakspoll Awards for the last five years in a row.
The Irish-born BBC Radio 1 host specializes in a wildly energetic blend of styles and sounds, from grime and dubstep to electro and disco-house. And she's not only one of the most highly respected female DJs in electronic dance music, but also one of the most forward-thinking contemporary tastemakers.
Annie Nightingale: "In a nutshell, my philosophy is this: If not now, when? If not you, who? It's a bit of a cliché but again it can be motivating."