Receptionist Pat leaves radio after 40 years
A stalwart of the radio industry in the North West of England is leaving today after 40 years’ service – and just two jobs!
Pat Broome started on reception at Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio in 1975 and retires today from her job on reception at Smooth Radio North West.
She changed jobs 15 years ago, joining what was then Century in Salford Quays and has since become the building for Communicorp’s Smooth and Real XS brands in the North West.
Pretty much everyone who’s ever walked through the doors of the Piccadilly Plaza, Castle Quay in the late 90s or Laser House since 2000 will remember Pat’s warm and friendly welcome.
But today might not quite be the last the industry sees of Pat – she’s nominated in the Unsung Hero category of this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, with the winner announced in London on 8th July. Colleagues even started an #AuntiePat trend on Twitter last week to congratulate her on being shortlisted.
Pat says: “Over the years there have been many changes of ownership and station names, but I have loved working in radio, it really has been amazing with lots of fun and hilarious antics along the way! To all my lovely colleagues, ex-colleagues, friends and people in the music industry that I have met and worked with over the past 40 years, I send you my love and respect….and thanks for making my job so very special.”
Pat arrived at work at Laser House this morning to find the wall of her reception area covered in good luck messages from colleagues past and present…
Listen to Chris Evans mentioning Pat on stage at the Radio Festival a few years ago: