David Jacobs

1926 - 2013




David Jacobs sepulchral voice thrilled a nation when it introduced the hugely popular 1950s radio serial, Journey Into Space.

Jacobs began his broadcasting career as an impressionist while in the Navy before moving through the Forces Broadcasting Service to eventually become an assistant station director. This background as an announcer and newsreader made him a perfect choice in later years as chairman of What's My Line and Any Questions.

Best remembered for his time at the BBC, Jacobs was also a commentator for British Movietone News, a presenter on Radio Luxembourg and part of the team that helped to establish Capital Radio in London.

Always suave and immaculately blazered, he found huge success in the altogether more casual world of the disc jockey with his warm and friendly style. He was voted Britain's Top DJ on six occasions.

David Jacobs became BBC radio personality of the year in 1975, won the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to radio in 1984 and was awarded a CBE in 1996.

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David Jacobs – Woodbine Quiz Time – Radio Luxembourg

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David Jacobs – Journey Into Space narration – BBC Light Promgramme

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The David Jacobs Collection – BBC Radio 2

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David Jacobs – Speaking about his career

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