Janice Long (born Janice Chegwin on 5 April 1955) is an English radio broadcaster currently working on BBC Radio 2. Her show is on Monday to Friday mornings from midnight to 02:00. She is the elder sister of TV and radio personality Keith Chegwin.
- 2 BBC Radio 1
- 3 The Superstation, GLR and Radio 5
- 4 Crash FM
- 5 BBC Radio 2
- 6 BBC Radio 6 Music
- 7 Other radio work
- 8 Other work
- 9 Personal life
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Following two years employed by Laker Airways as cabin crew and work as a shop assistant, in telesales and as an insurance clerk, Long became a station assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool. She started presenting shows for the station shortly thereafter. After interviewing Paul Gambaccini, the latter recommended her to Radio 1. In 1978, she (& her husband, Trevor) were the first winners on Yorkshire Television's 3-2-1 show, with Ted Rodgers. The couple won a sterling silver tea service, after rejecting the car.
Long joined Radio 1 in December 1982 with her own Saturday evening show from 7:30 to 10 pm. From 1984 to 1987 she presented the Monday – Thursday Janice Long Show from 7.30-10pm, a mix of new music and current affairs, and record review programme Singled Out on Friday evenings from 5.45-7pm. On television, Long was a regular presenter of the BBC One chart show Top of the Pops between December 1982 and August 1988, and she returned to co-present its final show in July 2006.
In 1989, she joined London station BBC GLR, taking over from Nick Abbot on the breakfast show. At the time, GLR was being run by future Radio 1 controller Matthew Bannister and future Radio 1 executiveTrevor Dann. In 1991, Long left the breakfast show of her own volition but continued to work for the station, where she took over a weekend show. In addition to this, she was heard presenting and producing occasional shows on the old BBC Radio 5. Long became involved with XFM in London, when it had a restricted service licence, and played a crucial part in its bid for a permanent licence.
In 1995, Long moved back up to Liverpool, where she set up her own Radio station, Crash FM. With support from Bob Geldof, Boy George, and Primal Scream amongst others, she put together an RSL and a successful bid for a permanent licence.
In 1999, Long started appearing on the rejuvenated BBC Radio 2, presenting a Saturday afternoon show from 3 pm to 6 pm. Since 2000, she has been a weekday presenter. She hosts a show between midnight and 2 am Monday to Friday, originally from Birmingham but since April 2008 from BBC Radio 2 studios in London. Live music has included sessions from Adele, The Zutons, Primal Scream, Kasabian, Amy McDonald, Hard Fi, Faithless, Manic Street Preachers, Marillion, Josh Ritter, The Stranglers, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Moby, The Dandy Warhols, Stereophonics, Aslan, and a significant number of new and unsigned bands such as Elle S'Appelle, Vijay Kishore, Damien Dempsey, Amsterdam and Sam Isaac. Amy Winehouse performed her first radio session after Long was the first presenter to give her airtime.
From late 2007, Long began to champion her listeners under the group name 'the two percenters'. This came about due to a word choice game that employed tricks to produce the same answer for all that played it. However, most of the listeners to Janice Long did not produce the intended answer and thus were said to fall into the two percent category of people for whom the game does not work.
In January 2010, due to a reorganisation of the breakfast schedule on Radio 2, the show was cut to two hours, and runs from midnight to 2 am, Monday to Friday.
From the station's founding and launch in 2002 to 2004 Long presented The Dream Ticket on BBC Radio 6 Music, which aired from 10 pm to midnight, five days a week with a Saturday and Sunday early morning follow-up from 6am-8am.
Long has appeared on the X Factor, Countdown, and The Biography Channel, and provides the voiceover for the documentary Desperate Midwives on BBC Three TV. She was one of the personalities at the Live Aid concert in 1985, in which she mainly interviewed the performers back stage. Long won The Weakest Link DJ celebrity special, shown on BBC One on 5 September 2009. In the mid-90s she presented a programme on the BBC World Service which was a mix of science and popular music called "Pop Science".
She married Trevor Long in Liverpool in 1977, with whom she appeared as a contestant on the first edition of the game show 3-2-1 in 1978. Her partner since 1987 is Paul Berry. They have two children.