Former BBC broadcaster Richard Spendlove, MBE, makes a surprise return to local radio - at Zack FM

PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 January 2018

New host at Zack FM is ex Radio Cambridgeshire broadcaster Richard Spendlove. The station is moving to DAB transmission.

New host at Zack FM is ex Radio Cambridgeshire broadcaster Richard Spendlove. The station is moving to DAB transmission.

Archant

He ruled the airwaves – on local radio at least – for 26 years and his acrimonious departure last year shocked and dismayed his loyal listeners.

But at the age of 79 and with the less than ringing endorsement of his former BBC bosses in his ears, broadcaster Richard Spendlove is back and in the most unlikely of berths.

He’s been signed by Mildenhall based Zack FM -broadcasting on 105.3 FM – where classic sounds of the 70s, 80s 90s and the noughties are interspersed with what bosses say is the “freshest new music from the UK and the USA”.

Richard joined the station before Christmas and from January 21 begins a 9pm-midnight Sunday slot replicating the identical show that attracted thousands of listeners across East Anglia.

With Zack FM expanding to DAB those listeners are expected to rejoin the legendary broadcaster.

“Here at Zack Fm we are expanding after the phenomenal success we’ve had over the last three years after taking over the radio station,” said a station spokesman.

“Our format of solid gold Sunday suits perfectly with Richard Spendlove where we play the greatest hits of all time and to have the legendary broadcaster is an honour to us at Zack Fm.”

He added: “We hope this will make a big hit in the market place of radio.”

His early broadcasts on Zack FM, says the spokesman, have seen a “massive response. Every show he does the phone lines light up and there’s a shoal of emails for him.

“Some of the people tuning in tell us they have been listening to him for the past quarter of a century. He’s the king of radio – but still in a way very ‘BBCish’ in that he comes into work in a suit and tie.”

Richard wrote recently of his departure from the BBC and followed a complaint that he had breached guidelines when he discussed the jailing of the Royal Marine for killing a wounded Taliban soldier.

The BBC put him under editorial supervision – an arrangement he found embarrassing and he “limped along” for two more years before leaving.

“In respect of the so-called offence, I will only say that the whole issue hinged on the fact that the complainant suggested that I had used the programme to rally support for someone whose actions I deplored and any one of a thousand people would have confirmed that – they knowing my views,” he said.

“Thus, I was condemned, not for commenting on something, but for NOT commenting … It is a strange and sad world”.

But his prediction that “I can’t imagine there will be many invitations to present again” has been proved wrong as too has his apology to listeners that “I am truly sorry to have let you all down” been proven wrong.

Richard Spendlove, MBE, is back where he belongs.

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

Yesterday, 17:27

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s were threatened at gunpoint in Witchford when four masked men broke in and stole £20,000 in cash and jewellery.

Yesterday, 16:11

A blind veteran from Soham has returned to the Falkland Islands on the largest RAF aircraft for the first time in 36 years since the war ended in 1982.

27 minutes ago

East Cambridgeshire District Council and East Cambs Street Scene are supporting an initiative aimed at cleaning and keeping the streets of the district clean.

Yesterday, 17:13

A converted mill overlooking the Fens and adjacent to the River Lark has come on the market with a price tag of £310,000.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy