Park Radio presenter Chris Moyse announces retirement
Just a month after stepping down from Park Radio’s weekday breakfast show, veteran broadcaster Chris Moyse has announced that he will be leaving the station completely.
At the turn of the year, Mr Moyse left his role as the host of the Diss-based radio station’s 6am to 9am morning show, which he had presented for the past two years. Mr Moyse moved to the Mid Morning show on Thursdays and Fridays, while staying in his role as managing director and station manager, which he has held since 2010.
This week, the Diss-native revealed that he would be leaving the station for good, as he looks towards pastures new.
“Having been here for 12 years, it’s now time to hand the baton on to new people,” said Mr Moyse. “I want to do other things with the rest of my life – I’m going to be travelling and working in Europe.
“For me, it has been a dream come true to have helped to establish a truly local radio station in my home town – it has surpassed all my expectations over the last 12 years.
“But, while I still love it and have other projects and personal goals, it’s time to move on. Life is too precious.”
As station manager, Mr Moyse oversaw a huge restructuring of the station, as well as leading the station through the coronavirus pandemic and securing its Ofcom broadcasting licence until 2027.
The 62-year-old leaves Park Radio with it looking set to secure two satellite broadcasting hubs in Harleston and Eye, which will allow people in the neighbouring towns of Diss to broadcast on the station without having to travel to its Shelfanger Road studio.
“I would like to think I’ve helped to hold it together during some tricky times,” he added.
“I hope I have changed things for the better, enhancing community life, making the Park Radio project as loved by as many people as possible
“There’s a deep affection for the work that we do. People respect that hard work we have put in, particularly during the Covid outbreak.
“People have turned to us for information and it gave people the morale boost that they needed during those two years.
“It’s been a real privilege to work with each of the brilliant volunteers.
“I’m so very proud of what Park Radio has achieved for our communities and would also like to thank the listeners, advertisers and all the many supporters, without which there would not have been a radio station for Diss, Harleston and Eye.”
Jono Woodward, who will take over as station manager and managing director, added: “Chris is one the hardest working people in radio and the work he has done with Park, especially through the pandemic, is simply outstanding.
“I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say he will be very much missed.”