One of the co-founders of Banbury’s Radio Horton, Ted Hanson MBE, has died at the age of 77.
Mr Hanson had been suffering from a long-term illness and passed away yesterday (Tuesday) at the Green Pastures Nursing Home on Oxford Road, Banbury.
He met Radio Horton co-founder Graham Wilton while working on the Banbury Advertiser during the 1960s, which merged with the Banbury Guardian, and the pair founded the popular radio station in 1964.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Hanson’s family, Bob Dainty, Radio Horton committee member and close friend of Mr Hanson, said: “This is a huge loss for the station. Ted was a wonderful, kind and generous man who cared deeply about Radio Horton and its future. We will miss him terribly. But his legacy will always live on at the station.”
Mr Hanson was awarded an MBE for his services to hospital radio in 2006 and given a Lifetime Achievement award from the Hospital broadcasting Association (HBA) last month for 50 years’ service in hospital broadcasting.
A date for the funeral has yet to be confirmed.