How Kenny Everett changed radio

New R4 documentary finds rare archives

Radio 4 has unearthed some rare archive material for a new documentary about Kenny Everett’s place in broadcasting history.

The comic used pioneering audio techniques to create original jingles and trailers, which will be celebrated in the programme, Here’s Kenny.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘Through interviews and an unprecedented collection of extremely rare archive material, Here's Kenny explores Everett's colourful presenting style and lifts the lid on the broadcaster's true private passion.

‘Everyone remembers Kenny Everett as a funnyman of the airwaves and television, whose confused private life took a tragic turn when he was diagnosed with Aids in 1993. He died two years later.

‘Few know him as the extraordinary radio pioneer who would spend days at home creating wonderfully original jingles and trailers using techniques that were familiar only to avant-garde musicians and, much later, sampler fiends and hip-hop producers.

‘His extraordinary approach to his work also came to the attention of The Beatles, who later invited him to "produce" two of the most avant-garde (and little heard) records in their catalogue.’

The programme, hosted by music journalist Mark Paytress, has been timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Everett's first BBC Radio 1 show.

It will air on Radio 4 at 8pm on Saturday November 22.

Published: 31 Oct 2008

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