Press Club honours broadcaster with passion for football

Veteran broadcaster and sports journalist Tom Ross blew his own trumpet – after being given Honorary Life Membership of Birmingham Press Club and receiving the traditional gift of an engraved bugle at the Club’s Christmas lunch.

Tom, former group head of sport at Orion Media Ltd, who was honoured by the Club for his services to radio and broadcasting, said: “I’ve had the best job in the world – and enjoyed every minute of it. And I am truly honoured to be acknowledged in such a way by the Press Club.”

Well-known by radio listeners for his passionate excited football coverage ever since covering his first game at Stoke in 1981, Tom is now freelancing for TalkSPORT and Free Radio – and every Friday evening hosts a live phone-in show on Made in Birmingham TV. But he’s also made time in his busy schedule to write his autobiography, “The Game’s Gone,” which chronicles his life from a child in inner-city Birmingham in the 1950s to becoming head of sport for the Orion Media Group. And he is also chairman of the board of trustees for the charity, Help Harry Help Others.

Honorary Life membership – and the gift of an engraved bugle – was also bestowed on Press Club vice-chairman and former Events Committee chairman Fred Bromwich, in recognition of his services to both journalism and the Press Club. “Like Tom, I feel very honoured,” said Fred, a former business editor of The Birmingham Post.

Craftsmen at world-famous Acme Whistles, based in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, specially create the bugles for the Press Club.

More than 100 people attended the lunch, held at The Loft Lounge, Birmingham, where guests were entertained by Matt Slack, who is appearing as Idle Jack in this year’s Birmingham Hippodrome (www.birminghamhippodrome.com) pantomime, Dick Whittington, comedian Jay Handley and compere Andy Robinson.

A raffle in aid of the Journalists’ Charity raised £500.  

Photographs by Ian Tennant.