Meanwhile, the first offshore stations such as Caroline and Big L had adopted a far more informal style of presentation. Tony Blackburn was one of the first of the "cheery, bright and happy" people many listeners in the UK heard. he would interact with the music and, being a fomer singer himself, often sing along with bits of records.
Many of the offshore radio DJs had been trained in American radio and stations in the colonies, which had commercial radio. They brought new capabilities of interacting with records too, but it was an American DJ called Emperor Rosko who really turned the UK on to the hot-rockin, flame -throwing style of DJing. Rosko influenced his own colleagues on Radio Caroline South, people such as Tony Prince and Dave Lee Travis,
Rosko developed a highly successful travelling discotheuqe called the Rosko Road Show and commanded some of the highest fees ever seen in the UK for his talents, sponsored by Orange amplification. He also hosted the memorable Rock'n'Roll Revival Show at Wembley in 1972.
In the 1970s Rosko wrote an excellent book for aspiring DJs, both radio and mobile, where he explains all the various bits of equipment found in the studio or on the road. It is still as relevant today; click the cover below to find copies, but it is very rare now.
Now semi-retired back to LA, Rosko still produces weekly shows, such as the LA Connection and Rosko's Boot Camp (yeah, lots of soul!)