Friday, December 11, 2009
Stuart Hall: A Knockout
This is one of those rare occasions where I am cross posting from my West Ham blog.
Last night Radio 5 Live broadcast a fantastic two hour long programme as a tribute to one of the greatest broadcasters who has ever lived - Stuart Hall. Unbelievably, Stuart will be 80 on Christmas Day, yet is still going strong. His football reports every week are a joy to listen to, even if you know nothing about football, and he is still a regular on BBC TV in the North West.
Those of you who are of my vintage will have first come across Stuart as the presenter of IT'S A KNOCKOUT. His trademark laugh always had me in stitches. He was a bit like Tommy Cooper. You just had to look at him and you'd smile.
I met Stuart once and he is exactly the same in real life as he is on the radio - hugely entertaining and a genuinely nice guy. In my view Stuart is one of the greatest cross-medium broadcasters of the last fifty years and it was great to hear 5 Live pay tribute to him. He deserved it.
If you missed the programme last night, click HERE to listen to it on the iPlayer. I promise you, you won't regret it.