“Radio has always been precious to me – for information, for entertainment and often just for company.
“Like any friend it can sometimes be infuriating but I wouldn’t do without it and – dare I say this after a career spent more on TV than the steam radio? – I often gravitate towards the wireless rather than the television.
“At least I have that choice. To those without the benefit of sight, radio is not just a companion but a window to the world.
“That’s why, almost a century after it was founded, the BWBF is as important and wonderful as ever.
“I am honoured to be a patron.”