One of the UK’s favourite DJs, Tim Westwood has been in music broadcasting for more years than he probably cares to remember: there aren’t many DJs that I have listened to so consistently for thirty years.
He’s most-often referred to as simply Westwood, so much more cool than Cheryl Cole, still struggling to lose the extra name she hates. Here’s a few facts you may not know about him.
1. One of BBC Radio 1’s longest-serving broadcasters, Westwood presented live for the hugely-successful Hackney Weekend that has just finished.
2. Favourite of the forces in Afghanistan, his live broadcasts from Camp Bastion have made our soldiers love him. He even went training with them: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00hc2dv
3. Sacha Baron Cohen has cited Westwood as his inspirational for creating Ali G.
4. He started out as a pirate DJ, before joining established radio stations Kiss FM, LWR and Capital FM.
5. Westwood’s father, Bill, was Anglican Bishop of Peterborough from 1984 to 1996.
6. He’s the best known DJ regularly playing hip hop and was recognised as Best UK Radio DJ in the MOBO awards in 2000, 2003 and 2005.
7. It was announced in May that he’ll stop presenting the drivetime slot on digital channel BB1Xtra from September, for the channel to bring in new presenters.
8. His nickname? Big Dawg.
9. Pimp my Ride UK wouldn’t have been the same without him – it’s the most successful MTV UK production ever.
10. People listen to what he plays – his compilation albums sell more than any other.