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Tributes to: Ian Rufus
... who passed away on 23rd May 2016

Ian Rufus
photo © Coventry Telegraph

 


Julie Fair:
Ian was a fantastic character, a lovely man and a wonderful Boss to me, his presence in my life and I am sure in a lot of yours, was a positive experience and I for one felt the world was a better place for having him in it.

I will be raising a glass to Ian tonight and remembering some of the funny times we shared.


Jim Lee:
Well I wouldn't be the person I am today if it hadn't been for Ian.

Everything I have today was made possible when he plucked me from hospital radio. I always remember the words he spoke to me five minutes before my Mercia debut one Sunday night sitting in for the exhausted Andy Lloyd, " if you do nothing else for the next three hours, make sure you play the adverts."

Ps if there are any typos in this I can barely see what I'm typing....



Robbie Mason:
If it was not for Ian I would not have been at Mercia Sound, and even though I left the station 33 years ago, which of
course seems like yesterday, I have fond memories.

I cannot believe Ian is gone, such a nice guy, and another gone before his time. May God bless those he has left behind.


Jim Hawkins:
So sad to hear this news. As many have observed, our lives would’ve been very different were it not for Ian’s generous, adventurous and encouraging interventions in them. We - and the industry - owe him a lot.


Jane Saggers (Rawson) - Newsroom 1982 to 1986:

The first time today that the name "Ian Rufus" brought sadness ....instead of the usual smiles, giggles and find memories of such a wonderful man and boss.

The world is a little poorer without him in it. Like you, my glass is raised to him this evening - please share with us the details of his funeral in due course. I suspect that all of us on that very impressive circulation list of broadcasting talent will want to say a final farewell in due cours



Gordon Astley:
Oh, No ! What happened ? Not only the best boss I ever had in 40 years of radio...but a good friend.
If ever I am asked what the secret is of good radio station...I always say 'It's the boss'....and by that I refer to Mercia Sound, and Ian Rufus.

More importantly...he was a good friend and during those heady days, our families had such good times. Please give a big hug to his family, and keep me in touch with things. Awful news!


Leslie Skipper:
Ian was a terrific boss when I started my broadcasting career at Mercia 220 in 1980.
He was smart, creative and fun. If I remember correctly he was only 29 when he was appointed programme controller at Mercia and already had 5 years under his belt as News Editor at Radio Hallam.

Best wishes to all the old Mercia gang.


Glen Thompsett:
Such sad news, I read it from another radio colleague on Facebook earlier this afternoon and my heart sank.
I knew Ian for only a short time, joining Mercia in '83. In that time he made me feel so welcome. He had a real passion for good, creative local radio and really cared for 'The Mercia'
I don't normally drink on a Monday, but tonight I'll make an exception.
God bless him.


Gary Hynes - (1982-1994):
Still taking it in to be honest. Would concur with all that has been said. He gave large numbers of us a chance to have a career that many would consider a privilege.
I can only say how proud I was to work for him in my home city and with so many of those listed here.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.
Kind regards


Ian Woods:
If you haven't heard this..it will bring back lots of memories. Ian, interviewed about his career. I'd forgotten how the name of the station was originally going to be WKCV!
http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/05/radio-pioneer-ian-rufus-dies-after-illness/



Peter Lowe:
What a shock and terrible shame. He was the boss -- but often more like a naughty schoolboy.
The best testimony to Ian Rufus is that there are 85 people exchanging emails about him tonight when some of us haven't even seen him for many years.
That's a lasting impression.


Andrew Lloyd:
Terrible news. With his 'hewn from the rocks' looks I thought he'd go on forever. I really didn't expect this. A real shock.
He gave me my first IRL job, something for which I have always been so grateful. He let me experience what I can now see was the golden age for UK radio. A time that will never be repeat and something which I treasure.

Thank you Ian. RIP and every sympathy to your family.


David Yarnall:
Such sad news.
I remember spending a few days with Ian and one or two others at the NEC for the Motorcycle Show - the memory fades but I think it was just before Mercia went on air - we were "broadcasting" live as an in-house radio station.
Through no fault of ours there were problems but Ian made it fun. So many problems, we gave up after a couple of days and went home!!

I never claimed to be the World's most competent broadcaster, by any means, and made more cock ups than most but Ian accepted that how I did the job was me and hence my time at Mercia under his watch and Stuart's was my most enjoyable in radio.
I'm going to take a glass in his memory.


Jeff Harris:
We are all talking about him as he touched our lives in such a marvellous way.


Chris Jackson - 1980-1983:
Such sad news....
I owe Ian and the Mercia pioneers a great deal.

I was lucky enough to join Mercia before it went on air - one of the University Radio bunch who could so easily have just been cheap labour but Ian, Mike Henfield and John Bradford valued new talent ( if indeed we were such) and gladly allowed us newbies to be part of the exciting latest wave of ILR.

We were not only trusted to appear on air but were also given some great opportunities. Having just turned 20ish Ian got me to organise Mercia's Town & Country stage and daily OBs and lots more projects besides. Even now I can't quite believe how much we got to do and got paid for it!

It set me up for a great life in Broadcasting! But they were still the most exciting days of all. Cheers Ian!


Richard Lawley:
What sad news! Mercia was the start of a life-long adventure in radio for me - like so many others - and Ian was an inspiring colleague to work with (even though as a mere engineer I wasn't part of his 'team').

It's a very sad day.


John Bradford:
It was a brave fight and I cannot quite believe it is lost. I thought he was always a winner. He certainly brightened all our lives and lives on in the memories of so many.


Sandra Ciuffini:
I have missed out on the drink to celebrate Ian Rufus’s life as I have only just heard the sad news so I will raise a glass tonight to him instead.

Ian was a lovely man and made my days at Mercia fun and he was very passionate about the station.

It is lovely that so many people have good memories of him – a great tribute indeed.

Love to all the Mercia family.


Jan Lynch:
Oh so sad to hear this news but lovely to hear everyone's memories of Ian.

I like Andy's reference to 'naughty schoolboy' that's exactly how I remember him too! So many fond memories of all the laughs we shared.

Ian will be sadly missed and I am thinking of his family at this time and sure they will find comfort to know how much he was loved.

RIP
So lovely to see all these names on emails brings back so many memories!


Clive Parker-Skelhon:
This is so sad...I am very shocked.

Ian was a super chap, very calm always smiling and a consumate professional. My colleague at CTM - Jonathan Jonatron Woodall will be very saddened too as Ian gave him his first job.

My deepest sympathies to Kate and Ian's family.


Paul Robinson:
Ian was a true pioneer of commercial radio at Radio Hallam then Mercia as PD then launch MD at Humber Bridge Radio where I went to see him for a job interview (later it became Viking) and then back to Mercia as MD when John Bradford moved to Bristol.

I found him to be hugely supportive, smart and innovative. I remember my interview for Mercia held in his garden at a BBQ that my entire family attended as we were on our way back from a wedding. Thank you Ian. You taught me so much...and always with style and humility.

I will miss you.


Rick Ward:
Very sad to hear about the death of Ian Rufus today.

A very nice bloke to work with, and always on hand with help and advice during my first job in radio.


Karl Stein:
Very sad news, another radio legend departs.



Richard Lawley:
What sad news! Mercia was the start of a life-long adventure in radio for me - like so many others - and Ian was an inspiring colleague to work with (even though as a mere engineer I wasn't part of his 'team').

It's a very sad day.



Chris Jackson - 1980-1983:
Such sad news....
I owe Ian and the Mercia pioneers a great deal.

I was lucky enough to join Mercia before it went on air - one of the University Radio bunch who could so easily have just been cheap labour but Ian, Mike Henfield and John Bradford valued new talent ( if indeed we were such) and gladly allowed us newbies to be part of the exciting latest wave of ILR.

We were not only trusted to appear on air but were also given some great opportunities. Having just turned 20ish Ian got me to organise Mercia's Town & Country stage and daily OBs and lots more projects besides. Even now I can't quite believe how much we got to do and got paid for it!

It set me up for a great life in Broadcasting! But they were still the most exciting days of all.

Cheers Ian


Bob Hermon:
Speaking as an 'outsider' and having observed many radio station launches, I can honestly say that Mercia was the best ever, due to the great team assembled by Ian.

RIP Ian






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