CAMPAIGN DIARY: How a dental surgeon plugged the capital’s commercial radio gap

There are quite a few people who think that Chris Evans is completely bonkers to attempt to buy Virgin Radio as Capital Radio’s merger bid gets more and more bogged down with the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. But we’ve discovered that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

There are quite a few people who think that Chris Evans is

completely bonkers to attempt to buy Virgin Radio as Capital Radio’s

merger bid gets more and more bogged down with the Monopolies and

Mergers Commission. But we’ve discovered that anything is possible if

you put your mind to it.



In 1973, a dental surgeon from London was extremely enthusiastic about

commercial radio and keen to convince everyone he knew that setting up a

station purely for the capital would be a viable endeavour.



The dentist, Barclay Barclay White, enthused so much about his plan that

he won the backing of several of his wealthier patients - Lord

Attenborough, Sir George Martin, Brian Forbes and David Jacobs. The

shareholding of the company was shared between the five of them and two

other local businessmen.



The name of this local station? Capital Radio.



As we all know, Capital has gone from strength to strength. We

understand that now, at the tender age of 70, Barclay White has hung up

his headphones and retired for a well-earned rest in the Home

Counties.



See, Evans? That could be you one day.



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