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20 Years of Russ

Today is the 20th anniversary of Virgin Radio. It launched at 12.15pm on Friday 30th April 1993 with Richard Branson joining Russ and Jono at the Virgin Megastore in Manchester. But Richard Skinner was back in the studio and played in the first track – a specially recorded version of Born To Be Wild by INXS. For legal reasons we’re limited in what we can say about this on-air today, and in any case, we changed brands back in 2008, but there have been plenty of celebrations of Russ Williams’ twenty years at One Golden Square.
However this is my blog, so I can dig out some old photos from the early years of Russ – usually with Jono.

And I’ve uploaded the launch audio to Audioboo. (David Lloyd’s Audioboo channel is an absolute mine of superb radio, but I think this is cleaner audio since it wasn’t recorded off-air!).

Happy twentieth Russ!
For the avoidance of doubt, this is a personal blog, and these are personal views. The fact that I work at the same station is neither here nor there.