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Profile: Tony Brandon.  Tony Brandon claims to have been working in radio before it was even a glint in Marconi's eye!  Despite referring to himself as "The Dorset Dinosaur" he made his start on the wireless at Radio Luxembourg back in 1966. After a year he was invited to join the presentation team at Big L - Wonderful Radio London. "One of the happiest periods of my whole career", he reflects.

When the "pirates" were outlawed and Radio London closed, he auditioned successfully for the newly opened BBC service, Radio 1, where he remained for four years. This was followed by a move to Radio 2 presenting daily shows for the next twelve years.

In 1984 Branders had a hankering to return to the theatre and spent the next three years touring the UK and Canada in plays, and ten consecutive years in pantomime. (Oh no he didn't - oh yes he did!  Ed)

"I've certainly had plenty of variety in my life" says Tone. "What with all those years in the theatre, my own television series "Learning Tree" for Granada, "The Brandon Exchange" for Southern TV and a couple of long-running situation comedies for BBC Radio 2. There was even a chance to do a spot of scriptwriting on the BBC series "Ackers Arf 'Our" featuring Mr Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band which ran for four years".

Tony even ventured into the popular music world having released several singles including a Christmas song "Sleep Little Children" produced by the distinguished songwriter Les Reed, who was recently awarded the O.B.E. for his services to music.

"I only hope they don't find out about him having worked with me or they might ask him to return it" laughed Tony.

Tony's first love is, and always will be, the "Wireless".

Whereabouts: Tony has made a welcome return to the "Wireless" and he says he couldn't think of a nicer place to round off his professional career than at Saga 105.7fm in the West Midlands which launched 16/10/2001.  Tony, or 'Branders' as he is affectionately called, presents the 'Wireless Workshop' every Sunday from 10:00am - 1:00pm.  For more on Saga 105.7fm, visit AIRCHECK RATED & RECOMMENDED.

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