Hospital radio volunteer John Cavie, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, has been top of the pops with his request show listeners for a decade.

And the former timber surveyor, who has survived cancer, several heart attacks and asbestos poisoning, says he has no intention of hanging up his headphones at Life Care Radio.

He presents a weekly show at Totnes Hospital, Devon, which also provides a music service for care home residents. John describes his mission to raise patients’ spirits as “the highlight of my week”.

He added: We will get requests in for music at about lunchtime and then I’ll do my radio show at 5pm.

“It’s sometimes a little difficult because people can leave hospital before their song gets played, but that’s why we now are also supporting care homes.

“When we play the residents music, even if they have dementia and cannot talk to us, it just brings such a joy to their faces. It just makes your day.”

John was introduced to radio presenting by granddaughter Cathie Burgess, 41, herself a former hospital DJ. He said: “I always introduce myself as the ‘old guy’ when I meet people in homes or elderly people in hospital. “But I guess I must not look that old.

People never believe me when I say that I’m now 95. Everyone thinks I look like I’m in my 60s.” He added: “I’ve lived through the lives of five monarchs now and as a young boy we learned to write using slate and chalk.

So to be able to broadcast to so many people is amazing. I mostly understand how to use the system, though sometimes I’ll give Cathie a call and just say, ‘Hello is this technical support?’, if I get confused.

“I love people, I’m always smiling, and always try to be positive. We’re here for a very short time…we’ve got to make he best of it.”

John said his father’s advice was to be sure that when you leave this world you put more into it than you take, “so I try to give something back”.

He has vowed that if age eventually prevents him from attending the hospital in person, he will keep recording shows at home.

John said: “I think my favourite songs to play are Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World and Pat Boone’s April Love – especially the last one because I was married in April 1953.

“I have no plans to stop presenting. I’ve got a bit of a croak in my voice from the asbestos in my lungs, but that hasn’t stopped me. If I have to, I’ll stay home and record shows.

“But I tell everyone I’m going to live to 102. I’ve got too many people to annoy to give up now!” While John is the world’s oldest music DJ, Walter Bing-ham, 99, of Israel, is the oldest talk radio host.

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