John Collard, left, was a former managing editor of BBC Radio Stoke and also helped launched Radio Northampton.
He joined the BBC at Radio Leicester in 1972 and spent eight years there before being recruited as programme organiser to launch Radio Northampton in 1980.
In the early 1980s, he was sent on attachment to the Falkland Islands broadcasting service to train Patrick Watts, the station’s only full-time broadcaster.
Patrick’s subsequent broadcasts during the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands were seen as testament to John’s skills as a trainer.
Shortly afterwards in 1985 he achieved his ambition to run his own station, being appointed manager at Radio Stoke.
After retiring in 2004 he gained an Open University degree in humanities with history and devoted some of his spare time to caring for retired greyhounds.
John is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Lucy, grandson Jack and brother Bob.
A fuller obituary to John, written by his former colleague Owen Bentley, has appeared in The Guardian.