Radio Wave’s newsman Andy Mitchell, who is also the voice of Blackpool’s trams and buses, has credited the NHS with saving his life as a teenager.
Speaking ahead of the NHS’s 70th anniversary tomorrow, Mr Mitchell said it was his love of radio that pushed him to have the operation for an abdominal condition.
He said: “At the back end of my teens I developed a very serious disease. By 1983, the choice was emergency surgery or basically, the end.
“I started my radio career at the hospital’s radio station as a 16-year-old.
“The station manager said he would take my programme off me if I didn’t have the operation. The next day I was in.’’