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Radio 2: The Hosts

DUNN, John

Johhhhhhhn Duuuunnnnnnnn!UNSUITABLY monickered for those sung Radio 2 jingles (“Johhhhhhhn Duuuunnnnnnnn!”) Breakfast Special swivel chair-occupier in pre-Wogan Long Wave days, later hotfooted it over to drivetime duties with his daily ‘After Six’ interviews and first incarnation of the still-going Mystery Voice competition. Also, it has been noticed, spoke ‘BBC English’ like his life depended on it.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    One of the more interesting jocks, he also had a very eclectic taste in music: featuring the Bonzo Dog Band and obscure blues records amid the more usual Radio 2 fare and also had some very good guests. He was one of the few Radio 2 DJs I would listen to in the Frances Line era because he was so professional.

  2. Pearlyman

    July 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    My mum was ‘wronged’ by John Dunn. Thought it was Al Gore, it turned out to be Peter Benchley.

  3. Gerry

    February 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I listened to John’s programme all through the late 70s on VHF (FM to latter day converts!) from my bedroom in Dublin. I was hooked from the beginning by his gentle tones and clever radio technique. He was a master of the radio medium and a terrific gentleman!

  4. Applemask

    March 2, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Retirement from Radio 2 was a big deal. His last show had a cameo from BBC Chairman Sir Christopher Pigling Bland pretending to be a Mystery Voice contestant. In fact he pretended to be the “emergency” contestant they apparently always had on standby just in case one of the other two got murdered or something – the idea being that because this was the last show, they were going with all three for the hell of it. Dunn was a smart cookie, however, and when Bland correctly identified the Voice (his own), his very first words were “Is this a wind-up?” There followed a highly BBC mutual slapping of backs.

    Dunn then proceeded to announce his last song, and then play something completely different.

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