Doddy Day hit headlines as we celebrated our patron Sir Ken Dodd

Sir Ken Dodd

Radio Clatterbridge hit the headlines as we celebrated the life of our patron Sir Ken Dodd.

We broadcast a day of special programmes as the comedian was laid to rest in Liverpool.

Doddy Day featured clips of his stand-up routine, some of his most famous songs and memories from friends and fans.

It made a great news story for the media with both the BBC and ITV reporting on the affectionate event.

Cameras from ITV's regional news programme Granada Reports filmed in the studio during the Coffee Club programme and then went out onto the wards to speak to patients and nursing staff. 

Reporter Ann O'Connor even shared her own memories of Sir Ken to our presenter Di Gaskell.

Meanwhile, station chairman Steve Evans could be heard on BBC Radio Merseyside throughout the morning.

He explained how Doddy became a patron of Radio Clatterbridge in 2004 and was a big supporter of services on the health park.

 

The story also gained traction in the radio industry press.

Meanwhile, Peter Grant was one of our guests who shared his memories with listeners.

A newspaper reporter and friend of Sir Ken's, he has since mentioned us in his Wirral Globe column Granty's Inferno.

The article in On Air magazine

The story was also featured in the quarterly magazine for hospital radio stations, On Air.

The full-page article reported how former volunteer Mark Wilson "unearthed an interview he did with Sir Ken during the Knotty Ash garden fete in about 1984. Listeners to the Coffee Club were amongst the first to hear it in more than three decades."


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