Tributes paid to BBC Radio Nottingham sports broadcaster Colin Slater

Tributes have been paid to BBC sports presenter Colin Slater who has died at the age of 87.

Colin reported on Notts County matches for almost 50 years, leading to hosting commentaries for BBC Radio Nottingham and was well known in the area.

He started at the station in 1968 after working for the local newspaper and received a lifetime achievement award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2009.

Colin Slater (right), BBC Nottingham with former footballer Martin O’Neill

Colin Fray, sports editor for BBC Radio Nottingham, said: “Colin was a colossus of local broadcasting, and his influence spread far and wide, from local listeners and supporters to international footballers and managers.

“His cheery, instantly recognisable voice brightened not only radio programmes, but any room he was in.

“He was a wonderful broadcaster and a perfect gentleman. It was a privilege to know him and to work with him.”

Chief executive Jason Turner said: “Everyone at Meadow Lane is heartbroken to have lost not only an iconic figure in the club’s history, but also a great friend.

“I have been incredibly privileged to have got to know Colin well since my arrival at the club six years ago, working closely with him on many projects, travelling with him to away matches and enjoying his company at social events.

“As everyone knows, Colin was staunchly passionate about many things, not least Notts County, and he was an inspirational figure to be around.

“Naturally he will be best remembered for his commentary work, to which he dedicated such a huge part of his amazing life, but he did so many other things for the club which must never be forgotten.

“These include playing a pivotal role in securing crucial investment for the club when it was on the verge of extinction in 1965, being instrumental in the formation of Lifeline, acting as a trustee of our Foundation and becoming chairman of our Former Players Association.

“His incredible efforts and achievements were recognised over the years with a list of well-deserved honours which include being awarded an MBE by the Queen for his service to radio and the community in Nottinghamshire, as well as Lifetime Achievement awards from both Sony Radio Academy and the club.

“Despite his deteriorating health which led to him sadly being unable to attend matches, Colin remained committed to his various roles and always took great interest in the team’s results and general affairs at the club.

“We will be remembering him and his incredible dedication with a minute’s silence at Saturday’s home match against Eastleigh.”

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Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 4:24 pm by RadioToday UK

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