Ron Laver Celebrates 45 Years at Radio Brockley

Ron Laver was presented with a special trophy and certificate to mark 45 years of volunteering at London’s longest-running hospital radio. Ron is the station’s second longest-serving volunteer, having joined way back in 1974, when the station was only eight years old. One of the station’s founder members, Barry Cobden (pictured below), came back to present him with the trophy, alongside Hospital Broadcasting Association President, June Snowden.

You can listen back to highlights of the presentations on a Brockley News special here:

During his time at Radio Brockley, Ron was for many years a regular host of the Tuesday team, alongside Steve Mitchell, Sue Weston and Paul Williamson. He and the team were very innovative with their programmes, including some where they would pretend to host the show from other locations, using carefully recorded sound-effects to fool the listener into thinking it was an outside broadcast.

In later years, Ron continued to host a country music slot on Tuesdays, and teamed up with Martin Gold and Marge Walker as regulars on the Tuesday slot. He then also became very involved with recording and editing packages for Brockley News, including some award-winning packages on technology and development, and regular packages in the therapy garden.

Most recently, despite relocating to Leicestershire, Ron has continued to support the station with his involvement in the Alpha Sessions new music show. As well as helping out technically, and doing some of the interviews, he has edited all the videos on YouTube, which have taken the show to a vast audience with around 13,500 views to date. Artists from as far as Los Angeles have contacted Radio Brockley asking to be on the show!!

So well done to Ron Laver on a magnificent achievement of 45 years at Radio Brockley. We look forward to the next 45 years!!