name='cornershop15']Good evening, CC1. I remember Julie Dawn! She was formerly an actress (not to be confused with Julie Dawn Cole) and, years after her Radio 2 contributions ended, I was sad to read of her death. I saved the obituary but it will take ages to find, assuming I still have it.
There was some connection with Italy, wasn't there? At the end of each broadcast, she would say 'Ciao' and it's slowly coming back to me that she went to live there. Julie sent me a signed autograph where she is lovingly holding her dog, but one night listeners were told the heartbreaking news that "the dog you see in my picture" had died. A sad moment I still recall. Thanks for mentioning her. One of the many people who made a brief but memorable impact on Radio 2 listeners.
By the way, Julie Dawn's five minute (or so) broadcasts were part of Liz Allen's show, circa 1982-83. Peter Dickson, who is the deep-voiced announcer we've heard on Des and Mel
and also Paul O'Grady's chat shows, was either Liz's replacement or contemporary at weekends. He had a similar quirky style to Steve Madden, who came along a few years later. Listening to Radio 2 in the 1980s was a very happy experience for me and I'd love to recapture those times again. Newsreaders Colin Berry and Tim Gudgin were also regulars. The latter still reads the football results on Saturday afternoons.