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Tony Blackburn honoured at Radio Academy Awards

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May 13, 2014 | 4:12am EDT

Veteran British broadcaster Tony Blackburn was honoured for his 50-year career at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards in London on Monday (12May14). The DJ was presented with the Gold Award from Radio Academy officials for a second time - he was first feted with the same prize in 1989. He joked to the audience, "It's very kind of you. I want to thank the medical team that keep me going." Blackburn has been a stalwart of BBC Radio since 1967, when he became the first DJ to broadcast on Radio 1. The 71 year old still hosts a show, Pick of the Pops, on Radio 2. Other winners at the prizegiving included comic Frank Skinner (Best Speech Programme) and DJ Greg James (Best Entertainment Programme).

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