Richard Baker OBE lived in Radlett for 25 years and it was very much as a local boy that he was invited to become Vice President of the Watford Philharmonic Society.
Richard Baker became a household name as a broadcaster in 1950 when he joined the BBC as a Third Programme radio announcer in 1950. In 1954 he became one of the BBC’s first television newsreaders and continued in that role for 28 years.
He also branched out into other broadcasting fields, introducing the Last Night of the Proms for over thirty years and hosting Radio 4’s Start the Week for 17 years. Richard regularly appeared on the panel of the Face the Music, a weekly classical music quiz on the BBC.
Richard Baker OBE has had a lifelong interest in music and his nine books include biographies of Mozart and Schubert. He also wrote two naval biographies and edited Music of the Sea for the National Maritime Museum.
Richard’s favourite piece of music is Symphony No 40 in G Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
In retirement, Richard actively indulges his twin loves of music and the sea by accompanying cruise passengers as a host of P&O’s programme of Music Festivals at Sea.
Richard Baker’s final news broadcast was aired on New Year’s Eve in 1982 during the period of the Falkland’s War.