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Michael Bukht obituary letters

12 August 2011 4:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Capital Radio days, 24 Hours on television, training for broadcasting – and historical dance

Nicky Horne writes: Michael Bukht (obituary, 8 August) had his first great triumph with the launch of Capital Radio, whose programme controller he was. In 1973, Capital, broadcasting in London, was the very first "music and entertainment" independent local radio station. He set the standard for what independent radio (we were never allowed to call it "commercial" – too gauche) could achieve.

Michael always believed that radio could be used as a "fulcrum for change", with the power of a station harnessed to help the community it served. From the day I joined in September 1973, he asked us rookie DJs to think about how we interacted with our listener (one of his laws of broadcasting was that on air there was only ever one listener you were talking to) and help serve the community. I came up with the idea of a flat-share service, »

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