Brian Matthew never hosted Top Of The Pops - at least, not the TV show, but he was the sole presenter of a radio programme of the same name from late 1964, right through the sixties, and beyond. The reason you may have never heard of it is because it was recorded for overseas radio stations - syndicated, exported, and never broadcast in Britain. "I did that for the BBC Transcription Service" remembers Brian, sipping his coffee, "which was based in Shepherds Bush. That was an hour's programme initially, but eventually became just a half hour programme, and was made up substantially of sessions and records that had been played on other programmes, particularly on Saturday Club. It was initially designed to be sent to America, but I'm not aware of any - or many - American stations actually playing it... I think some did. I did that for nearly 40 years, unbelievable! It was quite a long run."
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