Radio Today is sad to report the death of original Red Rose Radio programme controller and North West broadcasting legend Keith Macklin.
Keith, who was 78 years old, joined Red Rose Radio as it launched in 1982, and stayed at the station until recently. His recent auto biography, A Two Horse Town, was published in November 2007. It highlighted Keith's 50 year career in broadcasting and journalism.
Part of his career included hosting the pre-runner to Look North from 1960 until 1965.
Former colleagues have been sharing their condolences on Twitter: [link=http://twitter.com/JohnBarnesUK/status/3070289594]John Barnes[/link]: "Keith Mackin was "a legend" in a world where that phrase is used too often. He was the best Rugby League commentator EVER and a great man.".
[link=http://twitter.com/SimJim/status/3070207683]Simon Monk[/link]: "I'm sorry to about the death of a broadcasting legend, R I P Keith Macklin. A true gent".
He can be seen [link=http://radiotoday.co.uk/e107_plugins/autogallery/autogallery.php?show=Red+Rose+Radio+25th]here[/link] celebrating 25 years of Red Rose Radio.
Photo: Steve Saul