Founding chairman of Essex Radio passes away

David Keddie, who was the founder and first chairman of Essex Radio, has passed away at the age of 88.

He believed radio held no boundaries and didn’t like the divide between the south and north of the County. He tried hard to persuade the BBC to launch a station in the 1970s but because it didn’t at that time, he decided he would do it himself. It seemed fitting, he believed, to have one station in the North (Chelmsford) and another in (Southend).

David founded Essex Radio (now Heart) in 1981 and was eager to have local businessmen fund the project but instantly clicked with Clive James and knew he would be a great asset to have on board.

He put Eddie Blackwell in charge but remained Chairman of Essex Radio for the first 10 years.  When he left, Capital Radio was on board and radio had moved on tremendously.

His son, David said, “My father was one of Essex’s most dynamic and well-respected public and business figures of the last 60 years.

“He was one of life’s true entrepreneurs – a dynamic, inspirational and deeply-principled maverick, with an innate sense of justice. He was never afraid to rise to any challenge. He was, at heart, a family man with a fierce independence of spirit. He will be sorely missed.”

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