BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter hangs up his mic after almost a quarter of a century

PUBLISHED: 10:37 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:37 26 August 2014

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire team – Andie Harper is hanging up his microphone, locking the door to the Audio Vaults and saying one final goodbye to his tens of thousands of Cambridgeshire listeners.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire team – Andie Harper is hanging up his microphone, locking the door to the Audio Vaults and saying one final goodbye to his tens of thousands of Cambridgeshire listeners.

Archant

Presenter Andie Harper says goodbye to his mid morning listeners when he retires from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after 24 years.

He hangs up his microphone and says one final goodbye to his tens of thousands of Cambridgeshire listeners on Friday (29).

His producer Mark Williamson, said: “Our listeners see Andie as both a friend and their champion - which is really all we set out to try and achieve with the programme.”

Editor of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, David Harvey, added: “I’ve worked with hundreds of presenters in my BBC career, but none quite like Andie Harper. He’s such a warm, genuine, honest and open character on the radio – and that’s exactly how he is off microphone as well.

“We’ve had a massive outpouring of love and affection from our listeners who are expressing how much they’ll miss him – and it is a testament to the impression he’s made – that those of us who work alongside him day by day are going to miss him just as much.”

It was 1990 when hospital radio presenter Andie Harper came through the doors of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to sit in on a programme presented by a friend.

Initially employed to read the racing results, he quickly learnt how to operate the tape editing machines, the reel to reel players and eventually the studio.

Previously a teacher, he was not shy of performing in front of a captive audience and he quickly progressed to sports editor in 1998 and in 2003 became the new presenter of the Mid-Morning Show which he has done ever since.

His most memorable live show was talking to Cambridgeshire as news broke of the London 7/7 bombings knowing that on that morning his wife was travelling from Kings Cross to Aldgate.

He presented for two hours before learning she was safe.

Mr Harper said “Many people claim to have had the dream job but in my case it is true. I have worked with a wonderful team, spoken to hundreds of fascinating people and above all had the support of thousands of magnificent listeners; it doesn’t get better than that!”

His final show will be broadcast from 9-noon on Friday August 29 and will be replaced by Paul Stainton’s Big Conversation.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

16:59

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Ely Business Awards, and tickets are now on sale. To book, email Lynne.pearson@archant.co.uk

Funnel clouds - the infants of full scale tornados - have been reported across the region today.

Yesterday, 16:52

One of Cambridgeshire’s most influential business leaders –chamber of commerce chief executive John Bridge – claims that re-opening of the Wisbech to March rail link is a lame duck.

Yesterday, 15:15

Three youngsters are to take part in a gruelling triathlon in order to raise money for Ely City Hockey Club’s pitch fund.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter