BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter dies

After appearing on-air just a few weeks ago to announce his diagnosis, Andy Potter has died from cancer.

The station informed listeners this morning and tweeted a link to the news on social media.

Simon Cornes, Editor of BBC Radio Derby told the BBC: “Andy is going to be deeply missed by all his friends at Radio Derby as well as the thousands of listeners who regularly tuned into his programmes. He’s been a big part of the station for many years and it’s hard to imagine the place without him. Andy was a Derby man through and through and a great champion of the city’s arts scene.

“If there was an event taking place in Derby it was a pretty safe bet that Andy would be there and a good chance that he’d be hosting it. Our thoughts are with Andy’s loved ones at this difficult time.”

Andy, speaking on the breakfast show on January 26th, said: “The best thing to do is to let everyone know what’s going on otherwise little bits drip out about how poorly you are but this has been going on for weeks but yesterday I was told I have a few months to live. I have cancer in the bowel, liver and kidneys and is inoperable.

“This is one of the last times you’ll hear me coming out of your radio box.”

The 55-year-old also thanked listeners for everything.

Andy has been on afternoons since 2010, having first joined the station in 1999. His colleague Colin Bloomfield from skin cancer less than two years ago.

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 8:07 am by RadioToday

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  1. DAVID BAKER says

    Very sad news indeed, another great broadcaster leaves us and the BBC Radio Derby family

  2. Iain Betson says

    Sad news. I only met Andy in the last 18 months, literally passing him in the corridor at Radio Derby. In spite of not knowing me, he always said hello and had a smile on his face. Best wishes to all at Radio Derby after their second loss and to Andy’s family.

  3. Paul Bexfield says

    I was genuinely privalidged to know Andy for over 15 years. First at Pride fm The RSL licence in Derby
    A genuine lovely man who cared deeply for his listeners and the whole of the Derby area
    I always wished he would go national as his interviews whether it was with an A lister or the man in the street were a joy to listen to
    Love thoughts and prayers to his family colleagues and many many friends
    Paul x

  4. lee vincent says

    he was voice of radio in derby and be very sadly missed, a great asset to the bbc there wasnet a shop you wdnet hear his voice ,from my local barber to derby city

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