BBC Radio Nottingham’s Colin Slater MBE is retiring from local radio commentary after 50+ years.
The station has just announced the news in a one-hour special programme dedicated to him, with a live phone-in for listeners which was also on Facebook Live.
Colin, known as Mr Notts County by club and fans, will be hanging up his microphone after covering over 2500 matches for the club on Monday 24 April but he will still be heard as BBC Radio Nottingham’s Notts County correspondent.
Colin has been commentating on the club for over 50 years, and first hit the BBC Radio Nottingham airwaves in 1968. He started off his career with the local paper the Nottingham Evening News in 1959 where he worked as a general news and sports reporter, covering his first ever match for Notts County on 22 August.
Since joining the BBC, Colin has covered matches from the Anglo-Italian Cup Finals in 94’ and 95’, to Notts County’s 2000th game in 2007 against Bury – Colin has even covered Notts’ five Wembley appearances and has even been recognised by the club and they celebrated his 50th Anniversary as club correspondent in 2009. Colin has worked with up to 50 managers over the years for the club, including interim and returning managers.
Sophie Shardlow, BBC Radio Nottingham editor says; “Colin has had an absolutely wonderful career commentating, spanning over five decades. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sony Radio Academy in 2009 for his craftsman’s skill at shaping match commentary.
“He has also been recognised for his hard work and dedication to Notts County Football Club over the years, with a Special Award by the Football League, he’s been installed into the Notts County Hall of Fame and last year received the Pride of Nottingham Award at the Nottingham Sports Awards.”
Colin says, “I have made the decision that the time has come to step back from commentary duties. But next season I will still be around and I will still be heard on BBC Radio Nottingham. I hope that you’ll join us then!”