Stephen Williams died in November 1994 in his 87th year.
He will probably be best known for his key role in the establishment and early development of Radio Luxembourg. This work was commemmorated on 7 May 1992 by the award of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Stephen being one of a very few non-Luxembourgers to have received the honour; the country's highest decoration. He was also invited to sign off Radio Luxembourg in the early hours of Sunday 29 Dec 1991 which he did with the words "Good luck, good listening, and goodbye".
What may not be so well-known is the scope of his work. He was Broadcasting Officer for the Department of National Service Entertainments and for ENSA during the war. He was a producer of a wide variety of programmes with the BBC's Outside Broadcast section during the 1950s and 1960s. This was followed by the establishment of BBC Radio Enterprises, Stephen working with Rooney Pelletier until retiring in 1975 at the age of 67.
I am very grateful to Mrs. Doreen Williams for material supplied, and for the opportunity to have been able to visit Stephen late in 1994 on two separate occasions, with my tape recorder, to talk to him at length and to preserve many of his reminiscences.
As for the formatting of the pages: my words are in ordinary text; Stephen's words are shown in italics.
STEPHEN WILLIAMS & RADIO LUXEMBOURG
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