PAUL GAMBACCINI was born in New York City and earned degrees in History (Dartmouth College USA) and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University College Oxford). He was News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University in 2009.
Gambaccini currently presents AMERICA’S GREATEST HITS on BBC Radio 2. His rotating Radio 4 mini-series are AND THE ACADEMY AWARD GOES TO — , COUNTERPOINT and FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY. Recent Radio 2 programmes have included FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT and interview specials with Sting and Barbra Streisand. In 2010 Paul wrote and presented THE GREATEST HITS OF THE WORLD on the BBC World Service. He hosted THE BBC JAZZ AWARDS, uniquely broadcast on both Radios 2 and 3, in 2005 through 2008.
Gambaccini appeared on BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US chart show for most of that time. At some point he has been a regular on each of the first four BBC radio networks and first four British terrestrial television networks. Paul had runs presenting KALEIDOSCOPE on Radio 4 during the 1970s and the 1990s. He was one of the founding broadcasters of Classic FM. Paul had a thirteen-year film review stint on first TV-am and then GMTV. He has made over a thousand television appearances, including as one of the hosts of LIVE AID and THE NELSON MANDELA BIRTHDAY CONCERT.
Paul was co-author of THE GUINNESS BOOK OF BRITISH HIT SINGLES and related titles between 1977 and 1996. Combined sales of these volumes exceeded one and a half million copies. Paul’s own books include RADIO BOY, LOVE LETTERS, and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Gambaccini co-authored TELEVISION’S GREATEST HITS with Rod Taylor, with whom he co-wrote and associate-produced two BBC 1 television series of the same name. Rod directed Paul’s three series of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS on Channel 4.
Gambaccini is the long-time host of the Ivor Novello Awards, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the Music Industry Trusts Dinner. He presented the Sony Radio Academy Awards from 1999 to 2008. In 1995 Paul was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio award from the Radio Academy in 1996.
Paul Gambaccini was nominated Music Broadcaster of the Year in the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008, winning in 2003. He won Music Special of the Year in 2004 and took Silver in Weekly Music Programme in 2005. He received the career prize, The Gold Award, in 2007.
In 2005 Paul became a British citizen, while retaining his original American citizenship, and was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. Gambaccini was one of the inaugural inductees in the UK Softball Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.
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