Stephen Rhodes

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Stephen Rhodes
Born Tommy Keenan[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Died 22 February 2017 (aged 66)
Occupation Radio personality, television host, independent candidate, voice-over
Years active 1970s–2017
Children Four

Stephen Rhodes (died 22 February 2017) was a former weekday daytime presenter on BBC Three Counties Radio and BBC Radio Northampton. He originally hosted the Consumer Programme from 10am until 1.30pm, but moved to the breakfast show from 6am to 9am. However, after his breakfast show on Tuesday 16 March 2010, he handed his resignation in to the radio station and has left with immediate effect, as he prepared to stand as an independent candidate at the 2010 general election.[2][3]

Rhodes was born in Dublin, Ireland, but later moved to Great Britain. He died of motor neurone disease on 22 February 2017, aged 66.[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]


Rhodes started his broadcasting career at Dublin pirate radio station "ARD Radio" at the end of the '70s, moving over to the UK and Birmingham radio station BRMB in 1980, before moving to Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton and then WABC (now called Classic Gold WABC) in the early 1990s. Rhodes then joined BBC Radio Shropshire as Breakfast Show host where he won the first of many Sony Radio Academy Awards. In early 1994, Rhodes took over the weekday mid-morning show on the station. He remained on the slot until mid 1995, when Rhodes turned up at BBC Three Counties Radio, presenting a consumer programme five days a week. In the course of his time on the consumer programme he became well known for his undercover work which won him a number of National Radio Academy Awards.


Rhodes' television credits include presenting Central Weekend live on a number of occasions as well as presenting This Morning for Granada Television as relief presenter for Richard Madeley from 1994-97. He was a presenter of the Politics Programme for the Eastern Region, BBC for four years. He has also presented occasional documentaries/reports for both BBC East and BBC London Television. He was the voice of Family Fortunes from 1987-99.

Sony Awards[edit]

  • 1993 Speech based Breakfast Show – Bronze
  • 1998 The Stephen Rhodes Show, Daytime Talk – Silver
  • 1999 The Stephen Rhodes Consumer programme, Daytime Talk/News – Bronze
  • 2001 Interactive – Gold
  • 2001 Short Form Award – Bronze
  • 2003 Speech Broadcaster of the year – Nominee
  • 2005 Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Bronze

He has also won 5 Local Radio 'Gillard Awards'

Political career[edit]

Stephen Rhodes announced to the press on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 March 2010 that he had quit his radio presenter job to become an independent candidate for the Luton South parliamentary constituency in the general election, following the expenses controversies of the constituency's former MP Margaret Moran. As the BBC is a neutral broadcaster, they cannot allow any of their presenters to have any political interests that may influence listeners.[citation needed] He received 463 votes, 1.1% of those cast.[5]


  1. ^ "Award winning broadcaster Stephen Rhodes dies of motor neurone disease". Luton Today. 
  2. ^ Celebrity election,, 16 March 2010.
  3. ^ Radio presenter to stand as election candidate,, 16 March 2010.
  4. ^ Former BBC Three Counties presenter Stephen Rhodes dies,; accessed 22 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Election 2010 results for Luton South". BBC News. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 

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