The community radio station that was created by David McGealy more than a decade ago will be broadcasting his funeral.

David James Ian McGealy, known fondly among friends, family and listeners of Oldham Community Radio 99.7fm as Dave, died on October 23 at the age of 74.

Dave's contribution to community radio spans decades, as he started out as president and chairman at Radio Cavell, the first Royal Oldham Hospital radio service in the 1970s, before setting up a local community radio station in the 1990s.

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By 2007, Dave made Oldham Community Radio 99.7fm happen and the station became one of the first branches of community stations to be granted a licence by the then Radio Authority, now called Ofcom.

In the 16 years he was director, manager and broadcaster at the station, he went on to earn his stripes as a 'legend' among listeners, strangers and those who met and worked alongside him.

Paying tribute to his close friend of more than 45 years, the station's director Ian Wolstenholme, said he can't recall ever meeting "a more kind, considerate broadcaster".

Dave went "peacefully" at Moorhavaven Care Home after suffering from Alzheimer's and leaves behind his beloved wife, Jean, and two children, Ian and Ruth.

Now, a death notice posted by funeral directors, Harold P. Heywood Wild & Brierley T Collins & Son, shares a funeral will be taking place on Tuesday, November 7, at the Hollinwood Crematorium from 1pm.

However, the funeral directors has warned "due to the volume of friends" Dave had and the limited capacity at the crematorium, a decision has been made to broadcast the funeral service live on Oldham Community Radio 99/7fm and Radio Cavell.

The directors said: "This will enable David's family and personal friends to have a seat in the crematorium."

The notice also urges those who wish to leave flowers to instead consider leaving a donation to Oldham Community Radio.

The station said it will broadcast the funeral on air, online at and through a video web stream which will be shared on social media.

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