UMI TOM LODGE RIP
Cowboy, fisherman, broadcaster, teacher, Zen master
are just some of the titles for Tom Lodge, the grandson of radio pioneer Sir
Born on April 16
1936 in Surrey England, his family moved to the USA four years later,
although Tom returned to a UK boarding school. Aged 18 Tom travelled to
Canada to become a cowboy. He later became a fisherman, before joining the
Canadian broadcaster CBC. Following a posting back to the UK, with CBC, Tom
had a chance meeting in a pub, with Ronan O’Rahilly who was in the process
of setting up Radio Caroline. This led to a new job and Tom Lodge was heard
on Radio Caroline in Summer 1964, going on to become their chief disc
Caroline, Tom moved back to Canada, setting up a training course for record
engineers and producers at Fanshawe University in Ontario.
Back in England in
1995, Tom appeared on several Radio Caroline short term restricted service
licence (RSL) broadcasts from London and off Clacton. Around this time,
Chris Edwards interviewed Tom, when he opened the National Wireless Museum.
Shortly after Tom Lodge was our guest at Euroradio in Calais.
finding enlightenment, Umi Tom has run the
Stillpoint Zen Community in Santa Cruz California.
Recently on inding
that he had cancer, and given a medical diagnosis of having only a short
time to live, Tom viewed this calmly as another of life’s adventures.
Tom Lodge passed
away on March 25 2012, aged 75. Our thoughts, sympathy and love go to his
family and many friends.