RadioMoments - Conversations / 108: Ken Bruce - BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 2

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The Glasgow car-washer who became BBC Radio 2’s longest serving mid-morning presenter – and a national treasure.

In this hour of 'Radio Moments – Conversations', Ken Bruce tells of his Glasgow childhood and his foray into accountancy before alighting on the career which was to dominate his life. After hospital radio, he joined the BBC in Scotland where he appeared on the first day of its dedicated Radio Scotland in 1978.

Having then dipped his toe in BBC UK network radio from Scotland, he ventured south for relief work on Radio 2, before being offered a range of regular programmes including, briefly, the breakfast show when he assumed Wogan’s crown after his first departure in 1984. After a short spell on mid mornings before being juggled around, he returned in 1992 – and remains there to this day.

Ken talks too about Eurovision, PopMaster, his key influences – and BBC management.

In his own words, this is the Ken Bruce story.

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