Born: February 24, 1942
Died: November 24, 1995
Occupation: Radio DJ
Challenges overcome: Multiple Sclerosis
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Stuart Henry was born in Edinburgh in February 1942, Stuart trained as an actor but joined Radio Scotland as soon as it started transmitting at the end of 1965 from a ship. Unfortunately he was never able to conquer his sea-sickness and was forced to pre-record his shows on land. As he was not stranded on the ship like his colleagues, he was available for gigs and he built up a large following through his live road-show appearances. His theme tune was Soul Finger by The Barkays.
Stuart joined Radio One at its launch and during the early seventies presented a very successful Saturday morning show, later moving to Radio Luxembourg. With his softly-spoken intimate delivery, use of the catch-phrase “alright my friends” and obvious passion for music, he developed a unique and instantly recognisable broadcasting style.
As time went on his increasingly slurred delivery caused some listeners to suspect that he was drunk but, in fact, he had developed the incurable illness Multiple Sclerosis. For a time he was able to carry on, with the help of his wife Ollie, but eventually the illness forced him to stop work. He continued to live in Luxembourg and made occasional public appearances in aid of MS research. In 1984 he published Pirate Radio Then And Now which he co-wrote with Mike von Joel.
He died at his home in Luxembourg on 24th November 1995. A broadcasting industry organisation, the Radio Academy, has its own Hall of Fame to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to UK radio. On 2nd December 2004 Stuart Henry was posthumously inducted and joined a glittering list of great broadcasters.
Multiple Sclerosis is a nerve disorder that occurs when the insulating layer surrounding neurons in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed. The disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the movements, sensations, as well as body functions.
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