Music industry figures have been sharing their stories of Annie Mac today to mark her last day presenting at BBC Radio 1.
The veteran DJ and broadcaster announced she would be leaving Radio 1 in April, to focus on family and her literary career.
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Mac started at the BBC in 2002 as a broadcast assistant before her debut show, Annie Mac's Mashup first aired in 2004. Initially, on Thursday evenings, the show was moved to Friday evenings for eager pre-night out listeners.
She's since been hosting her Future Sounds show between 6:PM and 8:PM on weeknights and her Dance Party show on Friday evenings.
Radio 1 colleague Pete Tong took to Twitter to pay tribute to Annie:
"What an incredible ride it’s been, you've been an amazing ambassador, curator, supporter, enthusiast of dance and electronic music and a massive role model."
While husband Toddla T, whom Annie regularly worked with at Radio 1, proposed a "National Annie Mac week".
Fellow DJ Fatboy Slim thanked Annie "For impeccable service to the rave, we’ll miss having you on our airwaves but we’ll follow your ventures wherever they lead us."
You can read more tributes below:
.@anniemacmanus, can’t believe the day has come that you're leaving @BBCR1!— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) July 30, 2021
What an incredible ride it’s been, you've been an amazing ambassador, curator, supporter, enthusiast of dance and electronic music and a massive role model... pic.twitter.com/A5QfAAODSp
It’s been an amazing honour to be by your side during this time as part of the R1 Dance family, we’re gonna miss you, there'll always be a place for you in my studio or behind my turntables any time you want to rock up!— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) July 30, 2021
Huge hugs, rock on girl, we look forward to what you do next pic.twitter.com/UlsqHLrURO
It was special to talk to @anniemacmanus and pick some tunes on one of her last shows ever on @BBCR1 this week. I salut you Annie! Thank you for playing my music and the lovely chats over the years. May you find relaxation soon :)— Robyn (@robynkonichiwa) July 28, 2021
Photo by @hannahteedub and @SSION pic.twitter.com/pjsyFTpxsm
national annie mac week— toddlat (@TODDLAT) July 26, 2021
Whoa the end of an era! But I’m sure it’s a fresh start as well. Annie Mac, much respect. Thank you for all the wonderful times and support, wishing you all the best for whatever’s next! 🙌🏽🙏🏽— Laidback Luke (@LaidbackLuke) July 30, 2021
Future Sounds with Annie Mac has soundtracked so many big moments throughout my life and is one of the big reasons why I do what I do.— NELS (@nelshylton) July 29, 2021
Never ever failed to perk me up and get me through the day. Legend in the game @anniemacmanus take a bow🤝 @BBCR1
Annie was the first DJ to play our songs on a national radio station, and as if that wasn’t enough she was then even kind enough to take the two of us green teenagers under her wing & on tour with her back in 2012, changing our lives forever in the process.....@anniemacmanus pic.twitter.com/m3z2Y1CIJ6— Disclosure (@disclosure) July 30, 2021
Gonna be emotional tuning in for the last @anniemacmanus show on @BBCR1 tonight. What a legend. Championed dnb since day one of her broadcasts and done so much for dance music, as well as leading the way for women in a male-dominated industry. Full salute!✌️— High Contrast (@HighContrast) July 30, 2021
Yesterday, Annie shared a poignant commendation of the women she's worked with during her time at Radio 1 on Instagram, including veterans Maryanne Hobbs, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley, B Traits, Jaguar, Tiffany Calver, Jamz Supernova and more.
She wrote: "When I joined Radio 1, the gatekeepers of mainstream music and alternative music on the radio were mostly men. It was lads lads lads! Chris Moyles was at the helm, who generally seemed to use women (and anyone who wasn’t cis male) as props for jokes."
"We’ve come some ways, and I know it’s obvious to say but god it’s important to say, that there’s still a way to go. I love listening to women on the radio. All colours and creeds. Funny women. Nerdy women. Whip smart women."
"I would love to not be pleasantly surprised when there’s a new appointment of a solo female DJ in a high profile show. I would love to hear a mainstream radio show with two female co-presenters. Broadcasting needs to keep investing in women in all of our varied glory."
BBC Radio 1 is asking for requests ahead of tonight's final Dance Party after Annie Mac described attempting to programme the show as "overwhelming."
Instead, wanting to collaborate with listeners on the music for the show, Annie has asked for fans to submit tracks via Twitter that they associate with her and her last 17 years broadcasting.
Megan Townsend is Mixmag's Deputy Digital Editor, follow her on Twitter