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Dave Langer
Dave LangerMy father Stanley founded Northern Air in 1960 and I started helping out regularly at the station as a very young child at around 5 years old in 1963.

The Hospital Broadcasting Service as it was known then broadcast a weekly two and a half hour record request programme on a Thursday evening. I remember going round all the wards in over 10 hospitals on a Thursday with my father collecting requests and chatting to the patients.

In 1974, I presented the Wednesday evening request programme and a Sunday afternoon programme called “Out & About”. The programme was broadcast live from a different location every week and relayed back to the studio. Later as Station Manager and together with a dedicated team of volunteers we started to broadcast daily with a huge variety of specialist programmes, news, sport, competitions and outside broadcasts which included the Manchester Show, the first British marathon which was in Bolton and the Motor Show broadcast live from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

I feel proud to have interviewed and given many young volunteers the opportunity to get into full time employment in both radio and professional careers. These people include broadcasters such as Pete Mitchell (Radio 2), Wayne Dutton (Signal Cheshire), Sian Penlington (Independent Radio News) and Liam Forestall (Oldham’s The Revolution) to name a few.

I am still heavily involved with Northern Air, but mainly behind the scenes nowadays. Northern Air is in my blood and in time I would like my 4 children to get involved in the station and to entertain the patients in the various hospitals we broadcast to.