Beacon Radio pioneer Bernard Blakemore dies

One of the founders of radio in Wolverhampton, Bernard Blakemore, has died at the age of 99.
Bernard was part of a consortium in 1976 which founded Beacon Radio, and later went on to co-found The Wolf.
He was also one of the experts that developed radar at a remote country house on the Suffolk coast during the early stages of the war, enabling Britain’s pilots to receive early warning signals that would prove crucial in in the Battle of Britain.
Phil Riley, chief executive of Orion Media, which bought Beacon Radio, told the Express and Star newspaper: “The original entrepreneurs who set up commercial radio in the UK in the early-mid 70s were a hardy bunch. Stations like Beacon really broke the mould, helping create the vibrant commercial radio industry we have today – and Bernard was part of that original band.”
Photo: Express and Star

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