Nigel Chorley



UK Number Ones

With Nigel Chorley

The UK singles chart commenced in November 1952 and there has always been a number single every week since. Chart-toppers that were one-hit wonders, instrumentals or by solo singers, duo’s, trio’s, groups or more and with many remaining in our hearts forever. There have been seasonal songs, comedies, or fund raisers, competition entrants and in more recent years, those voted for online. In the UK Number one singles show any […]


Heritage Of Soul

With Nigel Chorley

Heritage of Soul includes UK soul chart hits but also tracks from the early roots of jazz/blues/soul crossover, gospel, RNR/rockabilly, soul via the iconic labels – including Atlantic, Chess, Tamla, Stax etc. from the ’50s onwards and up to more recent releases. The only soul that Nigel avoids is rapping as he leaves that to other DJ’s to play. This is perhaps the only show on the radio to play […]

Nigel was born when radio was still in black & white and he suffered the days of Listen With Mother but loved the Light Programme comedy, which he still collects today – The Goons, Tony Hancock, The Navy Lark, Round The Horne etc. right up to today’s modern radio sitcoms.

He knew radio was for him when he heard the pirates and even set up his own radio station at home – a cable service for Mum and Dad with different shows in the kitchen and the lounge! Nigel started DJing at school near Croydon, Surrey, with the lunchtime disco, before becoming a mobile DJ around London and Surrey in 1972.

His first jobs were for the BBC, first in News Information and then in the biggest record library in the world, the BBC Gramophone Library, where he learned the craft of radio as he sat in studios and offices watching the masters at work. A founding member of a five-hospital radio station in South London, he found time to play jazz on a commercial station before concentrating on running a disco agency for other jocks, mobile and in clubs and pubs in South London, providing voiceovers and creating jingles whilst still on the road himself.

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