Brian John

Everyone with a connection to Black Diamond FM will be sad to learn of the death of Brian Smith on Tuesday afternoon.

Broadcasting as Brian John, he brought ‘Afternoon Delight’ to his many loyal listeners. Within minutes of being in his company, he was telling you a joke or a story in a dead-pan voice before a twinkle appeared in his eye as he headed for the punch-line.

As a Director of Midlothian Community Media Association he worked very hard to secure advertising for the radio station and his efforts have contributed to the financial security of Black Diamond FM well into the future.

On the greyest day, Brian would conjure a colourful image of his co-presenter and wife Carol being sent out in all weathers to gather in the meteorological data from the hills of Midlothian. Brian was also proud to bring the stories of ‘Penrose the Bear’ to the airwaves making it essential listening to adults of all ages and children too!

Brian was a ‘man of many parts’ and had enjoyed a varied career including being a professional Golfer.

Everyone at the Station sends their condolences to Carol, members of his wider family and a host of friends in the business and voluntary sectors.