Steve Allen celebrates 40 years at LBC: His five most memorable moments

12 December 2019, 07:54

Steve Allen: Now and then...
Steve Allen: Now and then... Picture: LBC

Legendary radio presenter Steve Allen is celebrating 40 years at LBC.

A young Steve first walked through the door on 12th December 1979. He had got the job by recording a news bulletin off the radio, taking out the newsreaders voice and reading the headlines himself.

Speaking on his early days at LBC, Steve said: "There were no computers, no overnight phone-ins and certainly no listener contact. My entire programme was re-runs from the day on LBC.

"But I found this tedious, so I decided off my own back to start reviewing the newspapers. The audience loved it, but the management hated it. The boss forced me to do the programme how he wanted, but after two weeks, he got so many listener complaints, he said I could go back to doing what I was doing."

And that's the origin story of the Steve Allen that we know and love.

Here are five of his most memorable moments of the last 40 years. Happy anniversary Steve!

Steve Allen in the 1990s
Steve Allen in the 1990s. Picture: LBC

Steve Allen reads the news

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