Dales Radio pays tribute to James Wilson

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Dales Radio announced today that presenter, James Wilson, has died suddenly.

He died in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday morning.

James Wilson was a well known voice across Yorkshire, having worked at Yorkshire Dales Radio, Fresh AM, Stray FM and being part of the AA Roadwatch team on BBC radio local radio in the North of England.

“I am very sad to announce the passing away of my old breakfast co-host and newsreader from a few years ago. James Wilson was a part of many people’s lives in the Dales for many years breaking news like the launch of the Calendar Girls and covering the foot and mouth epidemic. His voice on the airwaves won’t be forgotten,” said former colleague, Julian Hotchkiss.

“I will never forget our 'coming back from the brink' breakfast show, after we rescued the station from closure after the collapse of Fresh Radio's previous owners. 'The boys are back in town' was our first song. And there's a tribute to James just after 8.30 this morning.

“Good times James. Love to Judith and Chris. Rest in peace fella.”

He was a founding member of Stray FM in Harrogate and went on to present a weekend show. When it was acquired by TLRC (later UKRD), he went on to set up Yorkshire Dales Radio, which became Fresh Radio. His many roles included Company Secretary, Head of News, News Editor and presenter.

When that was also bought by UKRD, he joined Drystone Radio News.

His final show, which was a pre-record on Wednesday night, aired yesterday.


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