My friend, Jimmy Mack died in the
early hours of Sunday, 4th July, 2004. He had just celebrated his 70th birthday.
His broadcasting career began on board the "Comet" presenting shows for 242 Radio Scotland, a role he managed to fit around his full time job as an insurance rep.
Paul Peters adds a tribute
I have just been looking through you web pages and just can't believe what I have just read. 'Jimmy Mac died in 2004'.
Back in May, when I did my spot on 'Home Truths' I telephoned BBC Radio Scotland to try and find Jimmy to tell him about it, as he produced the shows that I did at Radio Medway in 1971/72. The girl on the switch board said "never heard of him" I pressed her for more information about him and she said "I've been here 9 years and I don't know that name" so I left it at that.
Jimmy was so very kind to me back in 1971. I contacted him and sent him a half hour tape of a show that I had recorded at home, on my old Ferrograph Tape recorder. He liked it and said he would use the tape on Medway's Guest D.J. Show. I said 'great, but I'd rather come down and do the show at Chatham'. O.K. was his reply. He met me and my friend Tony Hasemer (who worked for BBC TV) at Chatham Railway Station and took us to 30 High Street, Chatham, the Radio Medway studios. I think that this had been a pub at one time and the studios were up in the attic if I remember rightly.
Jimmy produced that and several other shows that I did for Radio Medway. He also let me present the 78 show which I really loved doing. I made my way to the BBC Record Library opposite Broadcasting House and got them to help me with dates of old recordings. I remember asking how I could date records from the record numbers and was given this tatty piece of foolscap paper with all the dates typed against the record numbers. I spent a couple of hours copying this all out. The lady then folded it up and put it safely back into her desk draw. It's probably still there!
Jimmy was so kind and helpful to me. I wrote to him at BBC Radio Scotland about 11 or 12 years ago asking him if he remembered me. "How could I forget Paul Peters," was his reply and it came with a lot of helpful advice that I did not make use of.
Jimmy was so kind and helpful to me. I wrote to him at BBC Radio Scotland about 11 or 12 years ago asking him if he remembered me. "How could I forget Paul Peters," was his reply and it came with a lot of helpful advice that I did not make use of.Jimmy was a natural broadcaster. He came over the airways as a friend and that's why I sent him that first tape. I only wish I could just say thank you so very much Jimmy for your kind friendship and the faith you had in me.
A nice gathering - an interesting mix of BBC and Radio Clyde folk, which is unusual. When we came into the church, the organist played:The Long and Winding Road
There's No Business Like Showbusiness
Thank You For The Music
Spirit in the Sky
In My Life
And as we left he played:
Let it Be
It was very much a Jimmy Mack gig!