Johnnie Walker, pictured here with legendary guitarist Steve Cropper from Booker T and The MGs, joins the musical giants we have judging this competition. He made his name in the 60s on the pirate ship Radio Caroline. "Caroline" continued to defy Government legislation after all the others had given up, and as part of that defiance, on 14th Aug 1967 Johnnie had a Europe wide audience of over 20 million.

He moved to BBC Radio 1 and was there from 1969 to 1976, establishing a reputation as a DJ who accorded more importance to the records he played than the chat in between. On his lunchtime show, he pioneered new names like Steve Harley, Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and Steely Dan.

Following a fall out with Radio 1 bosses he moved to San Francisco in 1976 and he recorded a weekly show which was broadcast on Radio Luxembourg. Johnnie returned home in the early 80s, and following stints with ILR stations Radio West and Wiltshire Radio in the West Country, he returned to BBC Radio 1 to present 'The Stereo Sequence', before later taking over BBC Radio 2's Drivetime show which he hosted until March 2006.


In April 2006 he began his Sunday show on BBC Radio 2 and that same year he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Johnnie now presents Sound Of The Seventies and In Concert on BBC Radio 2. CLICK HERE to go to his BBC Radio 2 page.