Veteran newsreader Bill Pitt (80) died on Friday 17th November 2017 after a short illness.
He had been a senior member of the Academy FM Thanet news team since joining the station in 2013, and was a helpful mentor to less experienced colleagues.
Station manager Bob Mower said: “We’re in total shock. Bill was playing an active part in our programmes until just a few days ago.
“He was a lively character who’d had an interesting life, and he was a natural on the air. And with his particular background, he was also a natural at our public events.
“He was a lovely bloke and he’ll be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his wife Janet and his family and friends.”
Bill Pitt was born in Brixton Hill, south London. After National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps, he worked in lighting design, management training and local government. Living in Croydon for much of his life, he served as Liberal MP for Croydon North West in the early 1980s.
Bill moved to Broadstairs in 1988 with Janet, who is an artist and a retired teacher.
In recent years, Bill has sung in local choirs and been chairman of Broadstairs Music Recital Society. The society presented its final concert in March, but Bill and Janet continued to organise classical events at York Street Methodist Church in Broadstairs.
Howard joined Academy FM right from the beginning in 2010. He was a larger than life character and was well known in Thanet for his charity work and love of local radio.
He trained a lot of young people at Academy FM and the skills they learned from him have proved invaluable in their lives.
Paddy was much loved and respected by the team and listeners of Academy FM. He joined the news team in 2012, and brought with him a jollity and friendliness that was infectious.
Everyone who ever met him, was taken by his enthusiasm and willingness to help. Paddy had a warmth of character that enveloped and instantly made you feel at home, and he had a "devilish" sense of humour, that made us all chuckle.