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James Alexander Gordon

1936 - 2014

Veteran broadcaster. Born in Edinburgh, the son of a farmer, he was adopted after his mother died in childbirth. Gordon suffered paralysis as the result of polio in his childhood. He had difficulty both walking and talking, and underwent lengthy rehabilitation involving regular periods in hospital until the age of 15. However, with the encouragement of his family he was able to go on to a successful broadcasting career. He began as a pianist on cruise liners but joined BBC radio in 1972, working as a newsreader and continuity announcer. He will be best remembered as the voice that read football results with distinctive intonation. He retired in 2013 following throat surgery. Gordon also worked to help other polio victims. He lived in Berkshire and died in Reading.

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