b. 1 April 1942, London, England. Although most readily associated with the BBC Radio schedules of the 70s and for her presentation of television programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, Nightingale has remained active within broadcasting through to the present.
She began her career in newspaper journalism, writing as a columnist for the Daily Express among other publications, before spending 12 years hosting The Request Show on BBC Radio 1 (she was the first female presenter on the station). Though her profile diminished in the intervening years, in the mid-90s she began hosting a Sunday morning programme between 2 and 4 am. However, rather than the rock and new wave sounds with which she was formerly identified, her new playlist on The Chill Out Zone was dedicated to the ‘after club’ crowd, and featured selections from techno, ambient and jungle artists. In 1996 samples from the programme were packaged together by Heavenly Records for release as a various artist’s album entitled Annie On One. In 1997, during a visit to Haiti, Nightingale was attacked by a mugger and seriously injured. Following the death of John Peel in October 2004, Nightingale was confirmed as Radio 1’s longest-serving presenter.