Hear and Now is indebted to the late Jonathan Wester (Head of Production 2015 – July 2018) and for his crucial role in setting up the studio, overseeing its continued running and for managing the training of volunteers, as well as enthusing about all aspects of broadcasting.
As a passionate radio broadcaster himself, Jonathan was a regular writer, speaker and producer – with a genuine concern for listeners with little or no sight. Not only did Jonathan raise awareness of Hear and Now among the local community, but he also raised funds to support its work.
We are grateful that Jonathan leaves a rich archive of programmes he made, edited and directed, many with great humour and style. He has also left a legacy of high standards which we are keen to continue. Although Jonathan Webster can never be replaced, Hear and Now is honoured to continue his work, which was his fervent wish. We all miss Jonathan greatly but the microphones aren’t silenced. His words remain with us: “The show must go on.”
On Wednesday September 23, 2015, the Hear and Now Talking Newspaper studio was officially opened by Dawlish’s Deputy Mayor Angela Fenne. There were speeches by Jonathan Webster and Valerie Forrester. More details to follow. Scroll through just some of the photos below and listen to an interview with Dawlish’s Deputy Mayor Angela Fenne here.