John Myers – A Person of Note



John Myers has been a big part of my life for a while now, even though I never knew him that well.

I woke up this morning to the sad news that John had died. He was in charge of Century Radio when I worked there in the North East in 1998 and 1999. The strange thing is, it was only yesterday that I put together some of my favourite bits from my time there and tweeted a link to the audio on Youtube…

As John was the big boss and busy launching the Century station in the North West at the time, I didn’t have much to do with him. I didn’t get to know him till 2011 when Deb Hackett, a workmate at BBC Wiltshire “introduced” me to him at the end of an event he was speaking at in Bristol. He couldn’t have been nicer.

A few weeks later, I won a Sony Award for my Breakfast Show and he sent me an email. What he said touched me so much that I printed it out and have kept it folded up in my wallet ever since.


A radio career has highs and lows, winning a Sony Award was a big high but it was followed by a huge low the next year when I was let go by the BBC in a cost-saving thing called DQF, Delivering Quality First. It was during that period that I took that note out of my wallet and read John’s words, it kept me going.

Thankfully, I’ve only needed to read the note a handful of times since. Just knowing it’s there has helped me through the dark days of self doubt and insecurity caused by the sleep deprivation and chaos that programing a radio station and presenting a daily Breakfast Show can bring.

Rest in peace John and thanks for bringing me comfort, hope and inspiration when I needed it most.

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