BBC Radio Wales presenter, Alan Thompson died in hospital this afternoon after a short illness.
Alan presented the Evening Show on the station for four years and during his time there championed numerous Welsh acts. In the last 2 years he added a weekly appearance on the Eleri Sion show into his schedule – the result being a hilarious hour of music, conversation and comedy as he tried to get Eleri to broaden her musical horizons.
Primarily a musician, Alan spent a large part of the 80s as lead singer and songwriter of Peppermint Parlour, a Cardiff-based band that gigged around South Wales. His career in broadcasting started when he delivered a demo tape of the band to the reception of BBC Wales in the early 90s and was invited to record some short music packages for an entertainment show that had recently started on BBC Radio 5 called ‘Rave’. Before long he was co-presenting the programme alongside Rob Brydon on a Friday night.
He was always heavily involved in music programming on the station and anchored numerous large music events and festivals around Wales for BBC Radio Wales and as far as big names go he’s interviewed them all – from Noel Gallagher through to Paul Weller and Tom Jones, the crowning glory being when he got time with Paul McCartney whilst at the Hay Festival.
BBC Radio Wales will pay tribute to Alan this Sunday evening at 11pm.