TV Cream

Radio 1: The Jocks

BROOKES, Bruno

Born Trevor Neil Brookes in Stoke-on-Trent, 24 April 1959ONCE THE BRIGHTEST STAR in the Radio 1 firmament, a self-styled ‘Compact Disc Jockey’ who arrived at Radio One to take over the teatime slot from Peter Powell, armed with a list of hilarious Twisted Lyrics (ie humour-free misheard songwords that had already been done by every bloody DJ under the sun anyway). Later fronted the TOP FORTY, and countless ‘Social Awareness’ campaigns, before being teamed for no good reason with Liz Kershaw on the Weekend Breakfast show (cue endless ‘comedy’ charity fund-raising duets), before Matthew Bannister fired him over the phone in front of a conference of beery students in 1995. Always the kind of DJ to be pictured pointing at a record in his Radio 1 promotional photo.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Alan

    November 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    How could you not mention the infamous occasion when he played the full album version of Rage Against The Machine’s stunning Killing In The Name, complete with the 16 increasingly loud lines “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”…

  2. TV Cream

    November 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Mentioned on the entry on the Top Forty, which is where it took place (also, for extra esoterico-pedantry points, he cued up the wrong track on a promo CD single rather than played it from the album). Cheers!

    – Radio Cream

  3. Brian Rowland

    November 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Brookes (real name Trevor) actually began his Radio 1 career about six months before landing the daily teatime show. He did Sunday afternoons to begin with, replacing Steve Wright. He was worse than Steve Wright. Far worse. Imagine that.

    I seem to remember that when he began on teatimes, one of the first things he happened to wonder aloud was ‘Why do women go to the toilet in pairs?’ The answer? Public Service Broadcasting.

  4. Dave Nightingale

    February 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    “Whatever you’re doing tonight – have a nice night!”

  5. Gavin

    April 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Ah Yes Bruno Brookes-Rage Against the Machine’s Number 1 Fan!

  6. Arthur Nibble

    April 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Anyone remember his terrible barrowboy catchphrase “Pound o’ bananas”?

  7. Applemask

    December 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    By the time he was dropped, he was doing the Alex Lester shift.

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