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Radio City founder ready to retire

Radio City founder and Bauer Media's Radio Group Chairman Terry Smith will retire at the end of April, after his announcement to do so last year.

Terry formed the consortium which won the licence to operate Liverpool’s first Commercial Radio station – Radio City – in 1974 and was the Station’s Managing Director for the next 17 years.

When Radio City was acquired by media group Emap in 1991, Mr Smith remained as Chairman of Radio City and was also invited to become Chairman of Emap’s Radio Division Board. He continued in the position when Bauer bought Emap Radio last year.

Mr Smith said: “Staying in the same spot for 35 years seems incredible but it is simply due to the fact that there is nowhere in the world better to work than Liverpool and there is no better radio station than Radio City. I signalled my intention to retire a year ago and know I leave behind me a team of brilliant, passionate and award-winning broadcasters who are committed to the future success of the stations.”

Dee Ford, Group Managing Director, Radio at Bauer Media, who started her own career at Radio City, said: "I have known Terry for 22 years as both a friend and a mentor. His official retirement will be a great loss to broadcasting, but his legacy lives on through the stations he created and helped to build. Liverpool's iconic City stations are completely embedded in the fabric of the community."

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