Long serving radio host in the West Midlands, Tom Ross, is currently presenting his last show after 35 years on-air.
He’s currently on Free Radio 80s but joined BRMB in 1981 after a short stint at the BBC and has been with commercial radio ever since.
Tom has been commentator, Head of Sport and host of the Friday night phone-in for thirty five years, but has decided it’s now time to slow down.
At 6pm this evening Tom announced to his listeners “I’ve been proud to sit in this chair for the last 35 years , proud to be the Head of Sport in my hometown. Proud to talk to you,on BRMB, Xtra AM and now Free Radio & Free Radio 80s.
“But now the time is right, to blow the final whistle. It hasn’t been an easy decision for me to make – but now is the time. Time to slow down a little. Time to give your ears a well deserved break.”
In 1997 he was asked to cover the Capital Gold breakfast show for two weeks. That two weeks would last until the summer of 2008.
Free Radio Deputy Brand Programme Director David Salt, who has worked closely with Tom over the years told RadioToday: “Everyone in Birmingham knows Tom Ross and that is down to the sheer hard work and dedication he has given to the station, and his listeners, over generations. Not only will we miss his famous voice gracing our output every week, we’ll also miss the huge impact he has off air on our output and with the team. He leaves a huge hole.
“We can never say thank you enough to Tom for being the greatest of ambassadors for the station and commercial radio, and we’re glad he’ll continue to do so for Free Radio. Not many others will equal his record. No one will ever replace him”.
“Tonight, Tom was keen to insist that this wasn’t the end for his broadcasting career, as he told his listeners “Let me be absolutely clear! I am not retiring. You haven’t heard the last from me. Leaving this famous radio station has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. However without the opportunity to bring you the award winning live kick by kick commentaries, I know you will understand the time is right to take a step back and bow out on a high.
“I’ll miss your company on this frequency every single week. I’ll still be there with you on Facebook, and Twitter – keeping you bang up to date, and I am certain you will hear my voice pop up elsewhere. Make sure you’re there with me, won’t you? But until then.. Goodnight.. God Bless.. And as always… I’ll see you at the far post.”
Free Radio is now owned by Bauer Media but no announcements have been made about the future of the stations under their new ownership.