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Tom Crowe (5 July 1922 – 6 December 2010) [1] was an announcer on BBC Radio 3.

Raised in County Clare, Ireland and educated at St Columba's College, near Dublin, his studies for a degree at Trinity College, Dublin, where he read French and German Literature, were interrupted by joining the British Army and serving in the Irish Guards between 1944 and 1948. [2] He first joined the BBC's Third Programme in 1952 discovering his job was "simply a mouth opening and shutting in this tiny little studio in the double basement of Broadcasting House". He left in 1960, but returned in 1964 when attitudes were changing; the Third's announcers were now sharing office space with broadcasters from the Light Programme. [1] [3]

He wrote the biography of the Arabist Owen Tweedy Gathering Moss (1967). [4] During the 1970s he became one of the most familiar voices on Radio 3, and "an accident-prone but haughtily unflappable persona" [1] evolved. Hans Keller recalled Crowe's "inspired" opening of the network in June 1971 with the words: "Good morning to you. It's seven O'clock I'm afraid". [4] On another occasion, when the Greenwich Time Signal was accidentally heard over The Hebrides overture (aka, Fingal's Cave) he commented: "I do hope the Mendelssohn didn't spoil your enjoyment of the pips". [2]

Crowe retired from the BBC in 1982. Later he worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation where he presented a classical music programme for three months each year. [2] He died at his home in Pickering, North Yorkshire where he lived with his second wife, Elizabeth Cooper. [2]

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  2. 1 2 3 4 "Tom Crowe" . The Times. London. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. "The Network Voice". History of the BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  4. 1 2 Humphrey Carpenter The Envy of the World: Fifty Years of the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3, London: Phoenix, 1997 [1996], p.274