FORTH 2 stalwart Ken Haynes has hung up his headphones after 35 years on the airwaves.
Originally from Manchester, Ken joined fledgling Radio Forth in 1975 and has presented a variety of shows over the years.
He hosted Ken’s Den on a Sunday morning for 15 years and Ken’s Ceilidh has had listeners tapping their toes for the past 20 years.
“I’m six years older than Wogan and I’ve been at it for nearly ten years more. After 60 years as a professional entertainer it’s time for me to relax and enjoy retirement.”
Though best known as an on-air talent Ken also had a spell in management in charge of the Radio Forth AM service originally knows as Max Am but now Forth 2 which under his direction had the top AM listening figures in the country.
Having seen the station through its launch he returned to what he loved most – broadcasting great music.
Ken, who also had spells at Radio Clyde and Radio Tay, hosted shows as diverse as Country Corner and a succession of old time nostalgia shows through to a long-running spell as children’s presenter on Junior Jiggery Pokery.
Managing Director of Radio Forth, Cathy Kirk said:
“Kens’ work load eased ten years ago following a stroke but he has continued to broadcast his Sunday evening ceilidh much to the enjoyment of our listeners.
“We will all be really sorry to see Ken go. He has been a big part of this station for many, many years and really is Mr Forth 2! Ken leaves with all our very best wishes for a long and happy retirement.”
Issued on behalf of Forth 2 by the BIG Partnership.
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