Tuesday’s announcement of the brutal death of British radio host Gavin Ford at his home, two days after his 53rd anniversary, deeply shocked many of us, especially his colleagues and his regular listeners. Regulators of the very popular Radio One show “Gavin Ford in the Morning”, together with Olga Habré, today feel a deep sadness caused by the disappearance of the one who rhythmicized the spirit and good humor in their daily lives.
“A whole generation grew up with him”
Najy Cherabieh, managing director of Virgin Radio Lebanon and close to Gavin Ford, agreed to entrust his testimony to L & 39 Orient-Le Jour. He met with Gavin in 1993, when he was director of programming at Radio One and was responsible for the program of the British broadcaster. He worked with him for more than 15 years, especially in the last months of his life. “He is an old friend and colleague. He was very professional, very kind and, without a doubt, one of the most pleasant and pleasant people we can meet, ”he says with excitement. He recalls that "a whole generation grew up with Gavin" and hopes that "people will remember who he was on the radio, the person with whom they grew up, and his reputation will not be spoiled by false rumors."
Roy Malakian, producer of the show Gavin, the current director of music and programming for Radio One, also calls up the identity of the radio host, whom he met in 2003 and with whom he collaborated in 2008 to his disappearance. “Gavin was someone very sweet and nice. He helped everyone who could in the radio world, he says. “This man was a true artist, in everyday life and behind the microphone. He was not just a moderator. I worked with a lot of people, but he always knew what he needed in every detail, especially when it comes to music. This is very rare. Any radio station should learn from their work. He further mentioned the perfectionism that characterized Gavin's personality: “If there was the slightest mistake, he immediately pointed it out, and it could even drive him crazy,” he recalls. “To meet him for 15 years … it's very difficult. When I woke up, it was the first person I saw. The job for him was the first and only thing I did on the radio. "What do you want? How do i fix this? "For 15 years …"
A man is passionate about his work.
Messages condemning his sudden disappearance abounded in social networks. Thus, one of the regulars of his morning evening, which was broadcast from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 10 am, tweeted: “Goodbye, Gavin, without you there will be no more the next morning. You have always covered our days with your humor, your jokes, as well as your complaints … We will miss you a lot. Another regretted: “We lost one of the pillars of the Lebanese media industry. "
Some recalled his connection with Lebanon, despite his British nationality and the fact that he did not speak Arabic, a language he considered too complex. The one who lived in Beit Mary, in Metna, is thus described as “the person who loved Lebanon”. In addition to the messages of condolence, Internet users were outraged at the spread of the image of their lifeless body after it was likely strangled and hit on the face.
In an interview with L & # 39; Orient-Le Jour a year ago, we learned that since childhood Gavin was a radio amateur. He confessed to the newspaper that he had his own recording studio, which he set up, and where he made fake shows recorded on tape. Rising, he studied at the National School of Broadcasting in London, before working in Lebanon for Radio One. He was an original animator, passionate and perfectionist, according to his colleagues, always attentive to the diverse content that he offered, but he knew that he did not cross with his audience.
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