The broadcasting world is reeling after Janice Long died at the age of 66.

A statement released by her agent confirmed the iconic DJ died on Christmas Day at home with her family.

The Liverpool-born presenter was a pioneer in the industry who leaves behind a glittering legacy which spanned across five decades.

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Before she got her break in broadcasting, Janice trained as a flight attendant and worked as part of the cabin crew for Laker Airways.

She married her first husband Trevor Long in 1977 and the two appeared as winning contestants on the first episode of gameshow 3-2-1 in 1978.

However, this only proved to be the beginning of a trailblazing career in show business as Janice secured a job as a station assistant on BBC Merseyside the following year.

She was a champion of local music and gave platforms to emerging artists such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood on her Sunday evening show, Streetlife.

Janice’s talent meant she enjoyed a rapid rise to the top as she was offered a job on BBC Radio 1 after an interview with fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini.

She was the first woman to front her own daily radio show on the BBC and became the host of Top of the Pops in 1983.

Janice was a highly respected figure in the industry for the rest of her career and fronted huge broadcasts such as BBC’s coverage of the Live Aid concert in 1985.

Liverpool always stayed close to Janice’s heart as she moved back to the city in 1995 to launch her own radio station named Crash FM.

Away from the world of broadcasting, Janice divorced her first husband in 1982. She started a relationship with Paul Berry in 1987 and the couple had two children before they married in 2017.

The iconic DJ hailed from a talented family as she was the sister of comedian Keith Chegwin.

Keith died in 2017 at the age of 60 following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition.

The cause of Janice’s death has yet to be confirmed, but she was recently hospitalized as she battled pneumonia.

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