National Service, Royal Air Force - British Forces Network, Cologne, Germany (1958-1960). Civilian commission as an announcer BFBS. Service in Kuwait (1961) and Nairobi, Kenya (1961-1964). Whilst in East Africa he and an RAF team from Eastleigh successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet) on 2 October 1962. The following year he reached the summit of Mount Kenya (17,058 ft). Wrote articles for East African Standard; edited a weekly features page for Sunday Post and compiled a pop page each week for Daily Nation. His radio shows Skues Me and Skueball Speshall collected awards in 1962 and 1963. When Kenya gained independence in 1963 Forces radio closed down and Keith was posted to Aden early in 1964.
Skues returned to England after three months; resigned from BFBS and joined Radio Caroline as a disc jockey (1964-1965); Radio Luxembourg (1965) and Radio London (1966-1967).
Was chosen as a member of the original team of disc jockeys on BBC Radio One in 1967 and remained with BBC until 1974 during which time he broadcast regularly on Radios 1 and 2 as well as appearing on television. Radio shows included: Saturday Club, What's New, Album Time, Radio One Club and Night Ride. Television shows included Juke Box Jury, Top of the Pops, Wembley Festival of Stars, Pop the Question, Rough With the Smooth, Kenneth Williams Show, Ronnie Corbett Show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Late Night Line Up, Pop Quest, About Anglia, Calendar, Look East and Inside Out. His last series with the BBC was the award winning Story of Pop, which ran for 52 weeks on Radio One.
In 1972 Keith was appointed a vice-president of National Association of Youth Clubs (now Youth Clubs UK) whose patron is HM The Queen Mother. He is actively involved in charity work up and down the country.
Former Pilot member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; committee member for Scope (formerly Stars Organisation for Spastics); Lord's Taverner; Member of Society of Genealogists; Member of Concert Artistes’ Association; Fellow of International Biographical Association; former Squadron Leader, RAFVR and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers . He was made a Freeman of the City of London in July, 1997.
In his spare time enjoys writing and to his credit are A Short History of Heanton Punchardon, North Devon (1958), Radio Onederland (1968), This is Hallamland (1975), Cornish Heritage (1983); 21 Years of the Red Arrows (1985), Pop Went the Pirates (1994) and That’s Entertainment – 100 Years of Chelsea Lodge (2005).. In addition he has written many articles for newspapers and magazines and was a regular feature writer for RAF News and Let’s Talk.
He has written sleeve notes for LP records; appeared in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday; been the voice behind many television and radio commercials and film documentaries; has represented Great Britain as a disc jockey in South Africa (1971) and at different times been presented to HM Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Alice, Princess Alexandra, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan.
Keith Skues was appointed programme director of Radio Hallam (South Yorkshire) in May, 1974 and became a full board member. In 1977 he won the National Hit Pickers award and in the following two years compèred the National Radio Awards in London. By 1980 he was the longest serving programme director in Independent Radio. In fffJune, 1987 Radio Hallam merged with two other Yorkshire radio stations - Pennine and Viking - and he was made group programme consultant. In May, 1989 a new service "Classic Gold" began broadcasting from the medium wave transmitters of all Yorkshire Radio Network stations. Keith became programme controller, as well as broadcasting six days a week. His Sunday morning programme received the highest listening figures across the group (Source - JICRAR, 1990).
Keith was granted his own armorial bearings from the College of Arms on 4 March 1981.
Always keen on travelling he reels off the countries he has worked in or visited ... Aden, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, East Africa, Falkland Islands, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malta, Mexico, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Oman, Pago Pago, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Thailand, United States of America, and West Germany.
Keith was "called-up" for military service in the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of hostilities in the Gulf where he served in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a public relations officer. Whilst on active duty his radio station made him redundant. On return to civilian life in March, 1991 he was offered a daily late afternoon show for BBC Radio Sheffield which he presented throughout the year.
As a squadron leader he attended a staff course at the NATO Defence College in Rome, June, 1991. In November, 1991 Keith presented the afternoon show on BBC Radio 2.
In January, 1992 he was presented with Gulf Campaign Medal. He returned to Saudi Arabia in 1992 as Public Relations Officer for the RAF Detachment in Dhahran for two months. He was a member of the public relations team at RAF Marham for the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force which was attended by five members of the Royal Family on 1 April 1993.
During 1993 he guested on Radio 2, BBC East, Radio Norfolk and British Forces Broadcasting Service in addition to being presented to HRH Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew.
The year 1994 saw his book Pop Went the Pirates published on 28 March 1994 and a half hour documentary television programme Rockin' the Boat, based on his book, was produced by Anglia Television and transmitted in October. Within three weeks of publication the book reached number 5 of the best sellers book list in Norfolk and also number 5 in the Peterborough area. The book is still in print. (Softback £14.99. Hardback £24.99). Keith was interviewed by over 70 radio stations and has appeared on Granada, Yorkshire and Anglia Television programmes.
Keith also guested on the 10.00pm - midnight regional radio programme on BBC Eastern Counties, as well as local programmes for BBC Radio Norfolk and on Fortune 1458, in Manchester.
He was presented with the Air Efficiency decoration in January 1995 for services to the RAF. In April 1995 he joined BBC East to present the regional share programme across East Anglia (10.00pm–1.00am) each weekday evening. His programmes were broadcast nightly on BBC Radios Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire (3CR), Northampton, Peterborough and Cambridge. His programme proved to be the most popular weekday late-night listening in the whole of the country, his share of audience topping any other station in Great Britain, national or local, BBC or commercial radio. (RAJAR, Autumn 2003). He took semi-retirement in 2005, but still presents The Skues Collection on Sunday evenings 9.00pm-1.00am and Pirate Radio Skues on Mondays 10.00pm-1.00am.
Keith was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List 2004 for services to broadcasting and charity.
In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.