Swindon broadcasters are paying tribute to Keith Suter who died recently at the age of 86. As a science and electronics teacher in several Swindon schools, Keith setup school radio stations in the 1960s and 1970s at a time when many youngsters were not media savvy. He was asked to design and build the studios for Hospital Radio Swindon , and the station went to air on 30th December 1967.
He became a legend in Swindon as stooge to the celebrated hospital visitor and broadcaster 'Uncle' Vic Court. Vic was the regular children's ward visitor and presented his 'Be Sick with Vic' show which Keith produced and co-presented. Keith was 'Wise' to Vic's 'Morecambe' and they produced hugely entertaining radio for all ages. He was passionate about truly local radio which he believed must be at the heart of the community.
Keith had a considerable impact both directly and indirectly on many local hospital broadcasters, some of whom went on to successful careers in professional radio.
BBC Radio Swindon broadcaster Gerry Hughes said ' Keith had an amazing impact on my life and career. His love and knowledge of radio was astounding and he was a good friend to many in and outside the industry.'
These sentiments were echoed by David Latham , broadcaster and Chairman of the soon to launch Swindon station 107.7 Brunel FM. ' There are many in the industry locally and beyond who will be grateful to Keith for his support and encouragement. Quite simply he is one of the founding fathers of local radio in Swindon.'