The former Radio 2 broadcaster Don Durbridge has died in Spain after a short illness. He was seventy three.
A veteran of the airwaves, Don first broadcast to the nation in 1955 at the age of sixteen as co-host of the BBC Light Programme’s Younger Generation.
He also worked for many years for the forces’ radio service, BFBS, including at the Munich Olympics in 1972, where he secured a worldwide scoop – an exclusive interview with the swimmer Mark Spitz, who’d won an, unprecedented at the time, seven gold medals at the Games.
In 1974, he joined the Light Programme’s successor, BBC Radio 2, as a continuity announcer and newsreader and was also a regular cover presenter stepping into the shoes of Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young and Ed Stewart as well as hosting such iconic shows as Family Favourites, Friday Night is Music Night and Night Ride and Sport on 2.
And you can read more about his amazing career here.