Tuesday's announcement of the brutal death of British radio host Gavin Ford in his house, two days after his 53rd birthday, deeply shocked many of us, especially his colleagues and his regular listeners. The rules of the very popular Radio One show "Gavin Ford in the Morning", together with Olga Habre, are now experiencing a deep sadness caused by the disappearance of a person who has a rhythm of spirit and good humor in everyday life.
"The whole generation was born with him"
Najy Cherabieh, Managing Director of Virgin Radio Lebanon and close to Gavin Ford, agreed to give his testimony to L 'Orient-Le Jour. He met Gavin in 1993, when he was Program Director of Radio One and was commissioned by a British Broadcasting Program. He has worked closely with him for more than 15 years, especially in the last months of his life. "He has been a long-time friend and colleague, he was very professional, very kind, and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and beautiful people we can meet," he says with emotion. She recalls that "the whole generation grew up with Gavin" and hopes "people will remember who is on the radio, the man he grew up with, and that his reputation will not be damaged by false reputations."
Roy Malakian, producer of Gavin, the current director of music and programming for Radio One, also evokes the personality of the radio host he met in 2003 and with whom he collaborated in his disappearance in 2008. "Gavin was very kind and dear to someone who helped everyone in the world of radio," he says. "This man was a real artist in everyday life and behind the microphone, he was more than just a moderator, I worked with a lot of people, but he always knew what he wanted in every detail, especially with regard to music, which is very rare. she should learn from her work, and mention the perfectionism that characterized Gavin's personality: "If the smallest mistake appeared, it immediately showed it and could even be angry," he remembers, "to be known for 15 years … it is very difficult. When I woke up, it was the first person I've ever seen. The work for him was the first and only thing I did on the radio. "What do you want, how do I fix it?" 15 years … "
A man passionate about his job
Messages that denied his sudden disappearance included social networks. One of the regulars in the morning, which was broadcast from Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am, wrote on Twitter: "Goodbye Gavin, no morning anymore without you. You've always illuminated our days with humor, jokes and your complaints. We will be missing you a lot, another one has been convicted: "We have lost one of the pillars of the Lebanese media industry. "
Some remembered his connection with Lebanon, despite his British nationality and the fact that he did not speak Arabic, a language he considered too difficult. The one who lived in Beit-Mera in Metna is described as "the man who loved Lebanon." In addition to condolence reports, Internet users were indignant at spreading the image of their mindless body after being probably strangled and hit by the face.
In an interview with L 'Orient-Le Joure a year ago, we learned that Gavin had been a radio enthusiast since childhood. He told the newspapers that he had his own recording studio he had installed and where fictional shows were made at festivals. He grew up, studied at the National Broadcasting School in London, before working in the Council of One in Lebanon. According to his colleagues, he was an original animator, passionate and perfectionist, always attentive to the diverse content he had designed, but aware of the boundaries that must not go beyond his audience.
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Yara ABI AKL