The beloved broadcaster died at her home yesterday (December 25) after a short illness. She was 66 years old.
Long began her career in radio as a station assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in 1979, before being given her own programme, called Streetlife, on which she promoted local bands. She moved to BBC Radio 1 in 1982, hosting her own show on Saturday evenings, before moving to weekday evenings for a new music and current affairs programme and the Friday reviews show Singled Out. She was the first woman to have her own daily show on the station.
In her career, Long also became the first woman to host Top Of The Pops, fronting the TV show for five years, and later had a long-running show on BBC Radio 2. She also worked for the likes of BBC Radio London and Radio X, and set up her own station Crash FM in Liverpool in 1995.