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Former Radio Caroline and Voice of Peace DJ Tom Hardy, has died

DATELINE  Dublin   3rd March 2022  

Former Radio Caroline (70’s) and Voice of Peace DJ Tom Hardy has died at the age of 67.

Tom (real name Brian Johnson) was born on  31st August 1954 in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. After broadcasting on hospital radio and un-lcensed college radio stations he left his secondary school teaching job in June 1976 to join Abe Nathan's Voice of Peace radio station off the coast of Israel.

After nearly two years with the Voice of Peace Tom joined Radio Caroline in June 1978 and became one of the station stalwarts during its last couple of years of broadcasting from the Mi Amigo.

He was rescued from the MI Amigo  by life-boat in January 1979, but later returned to the station when it resumed broadcasts in April of that year. His last show on Radio Caroline was on 15th March 1980, a few days before the Mi Amigo sank.

In 1981 Tom  joined (former Radio Caroline South DJ) Robbie Dale's landbased pirate station, Sunshine Radio in Dublin.. Two years later he joined rival stations, Kiss FM/Radio Nova (operated by another ex Caroline DJ Chris Carey/Spangles Muldoon).

After government raids on Nova in May 1983 and  a concerted jamming campaign by the Irish state broadcaster, he and a number of his colleagues were eventually ‘let go’ by the station in early 1984.

A few months later Tom joined  the Chiltern Radio network as presenter, Music Director and Assistant Programme Director. In 1987  he returned to Ireland to establish, manage and present on  Kiss FM in Monaghan.

He briefly returned to Chiltern and after a short spell at  Oxford's Fox FM, he went back to Dublin to help launch Classic Hits 98FM, working as Assistant Programme Director.During his time with Classic Hits 98FM, Tom was seconded to Prague, to help set up the company's first overseas station.

After a further year at 98FM in Dublin, Tom joined GWR to re-launch Leicester Sound and in 1994 took up the group programming position at SBS in Stockholm with responsibility for 12 stations across Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Tom then spent around 18 months as Programme Director at 2CRFM, in Bournemouth, before becoming Programme Manager at Ireland's national commercial station, Today FM in August 1998. After 14 years there, Tom left to run his own consultancy company.

In 2021 he was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent radiotherapy treatment. Tom suffered a heart attack while in hospital in February 2022 and sadly passed away on 2nd March.



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