BBC Local Radio stalwart Ken Snowdon has announced his retirement after more than 40 years on air with the corporation, most recently with BBC Tees.
He revealed the news on his Sunday lunchtime show this weekend, and will present his last programme in the slot next weekend – on Sunday 5th March.
Ken began as a Speedway and Northern League reporter on BBC Radio Cleveland in the 1970s, going on to Radio Blackburn before joining the launch team at BBC Radio Cornwall to present the midmorning programme.
From there he joined BBC Radio York as Programme Organiser, before returning to Radio Cleveland in February 1993. During the last 24 years he has presented the breakfast show, midmorning show, drive show and also spent 11 years as an Assistant Editor until 2006.
Since leaving his staff job at the BBC, Ken has been running The Proper Television and Wireless Company, which has made programmes for the BBC and ITV as well as doing corporate video production work.
Ken said: “BBC Tees has always had extremely talented people working for it and consistently punched above its weight with creative, imaginative and relevant radio. It has been a privilege – and enormous fun – being part of the team.”
BBC Tees Editor Dan Thorpe told RadioToday: “Ken has been a tremendous asset to BBC Local Radio over the course of his career and BBC Tees has really reaped the benefit of his experience. Ken has a knack of connecting with his listeners. He’s had a very long relationship with them of course and has been passionate about broadcasting to the people of Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire. I wish Ken all the best for the future and wish him a long and very happy retirement.”
Ken Snowdon will be replaced on BBC Tees by former Century FM breakfast presenter Paul Gough. ‘Goffy’ already does the Saturday lunchtime show and will now be on Sundays too from 26th March.
Goffy said: “I’ve been at BBC Tees for four years now and I love it so it’s great to now be presenting both lunchtime shows across the weekend. I have known Ken for a long time and to take over from him is an honour.”
Dan Thorpe added: “Goffy is the perfect person to pick up the mantle from Ken. You can tell when listening just how much he enjoys being on the radio, and hearing the stories and memories of his listeners. His Saturday show is very popular with our listeners and I am sure they will love the fact that they can now hear him on Sundays too.”
Listen to Ken making the announcement about his retirement here: