Radio 1 to celebrate 20 years of Tong

By | Published on Wednesday 16 March 2011

Radio 1

The BBC will mark Pete Tong’s 20th anniversary at Radio 1 by pensioning him off to a graveyard shift on Radio 2. No, not really, they’re actually going to stage a twelve hour special in his honour.

The celebration will include the Top 20 dance tracks from the last 20 years, a takeover by one of Pete’s favourite acts The Chemical Brothers, a Tong created Essential Mix, and an ‘A-Z Of Pete Tong’ show presented by Rob da Bank.

Says Tong: “It’s a privilege and an honour to have been presenting my shows on BBC Radio 1 for the past 20 years. What started out as a passionate hobby turned into an amazing career. The station’s commitment to electronic dance music and culture has been absolutely fundamental to the scene’s growth and development not only in the UK but around the world and I am proud to be part of that story”.

Meanwhile Radio 1 Dep Controller Ben Cooper added: “One reason BBC Radio 1 is so distinctive is the knowledge and credibility of its specialist presenters. Over the last 20 years Pete Tong has given listeners both and continues to be an essential Friday night listen”.

All this Tong-ness will happen on the night of 8 Apr.