Tributes paid to Bute radio presenter

Bill Sanger, Paul Knowles, Billy Clarke, and Rosie McLaughlin at Bute Island Radio.
Bill Sanger, Paul Knowles, Billy Clarke, and Rosie McLaughlin at Bute Island Radio.

A special show on Bute Island Radio over the weekend paid tribute to one of its presenters, and a much-loved character from the island, who died recently.

Jenny Brown had presented a jazz show for five years, starting back when the radio station was known as Bute FM, sharing her love of the genre with listeners both locally and across the world.

The two-hour special, which was broadcast from the station in Rothesay’s Castle Street on Sunday afternoon, saw presenters Bill Sanger and Billy Clarke welcome Jenny’s son Paul and his partner Rosie McLaughlin to the studio to share memories and stories from Jenny’s life.

Some of her best-loved jazz songs were played on air, while listeners called in with requests of their own in tribute to Jenny who died aged 88 on November 29.

Paul told us: “Mum absolutely loved the radio show. Anyone who knew her knows how she liked to express herself, and her radio show was the perfect way to do it.

“The one thing I’ve come to realise since her passing was that people didn’t just like her, they loved her.

“From a son’s point of view I know what it’s like to have a mother who also had a life of her own, and I know that that life was a wonderful one.”