Linda Gage was widely known among broadcasters for her work as a radio producer at LBC and as a trainer.
Linda's career in broadcasting started in 1966. She first broadcast in Denver, her home town, before moving to Los Angeles. During the 1960's she became involved with the civil rights movement before moving to London in 1970. It was through her involvement in civil rights that she met her husband, Larry Grant, then legal officer of the National Council for Civil Rights in 1972. As a leading member of Agit Prop, Linda needed help in drafting a pamphlet on rights concerning arrest, search and seizure. Sparks flew between the two at their first meeting but out of the heat emerged a strong and lasting relationship based on shared values and principles.
Linda joined the NCCL as a press officer before moving to LBC for its launch in 1973. Her American training in both radio engineering and production was invaluable to this new commercial radio station, the first in Britain. She was a meticulous radio producer, always conscious of the importance of the use of sound and able to make even a dull news story sound interesting. She was quick to put the nervous at ease and always able to handle even the most difficult radio 'personalities' through a warm sense of humour and her own outgoing personality. In the late 1980's she took on the role of Head of Training at LBC and in 1989 wrote A Guide To Independent Radio Journalism which is widely used as a textbook for media courses.
She left LBC in 1991 to train a new generation of broadcast journalists. She helped create one of the best equipped student radio studios in the country at Vauxhall College (now Lambeth College).
Linda Gage died unexpectedly from lobar pneumonia on February 8, 1995 aged 47.
Brian Hayes wrote at the time of her death;
When I was at LBC, I was lucky enough to have Linda Gage as one of my producers. Linda was happiest when she and Larry were at their Kent cottage in Ickham. This was their time for recharging batteries for the next week of demanding work in London. She loved village life and the people of the village were her friends. Her hospitality was unlimited; guests were treated more like temporary members of the family and found it easy to behave that way. She is missed at the local pub.
Linda Gage, radio producer, civil rights worker, born July 21 1947; died February 8, 1995.
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