Tributes paid to BBC presenter Chris Jones
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Tributes paid to BBC presenter Chris Jones

Radio presenter Chris Jones has died overnight, his two sons have announced on Facebook to his friends on Saturday morning.

Initial reaction hoped the post wasn’t true, but tributes began to be left after the news was confirmed on his former station, BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Chris worked at many radio stations, including Liverpool’s Radio City, BBC Radio Merseyside, BRMB, Radio 1, Radio 2 then Radio Lincolnshire where he stayed for almost 20 years. Most recently he freelanced at Smooth Radio and Real Radio and was embarking on teaching radio skills to young people.

The message from his sons:

This is Penri and Huw, Chris’ two sons. We are on our dads facebook to share the sad news that dad unfortunately passed away last night! We thought this would be a good way to let everyone know as he had so many great friends.

Dave Cash wrote: “So Sorry to hear the news of an old mate Chris Jones, he was part of my life in a way, on Radio City Liverpool when i was a teenager, in the last few years on Radio Lincolnshire and regular at the Dambusters Inn in Scampton R.I.P. Matey”

Former Radio 1 colleague Adrian Juste: “I well remember him from the early days at Aston Road North – always a very safe pair of hands on an OB.”

Derek Webster worked with him recently at Smooth Radio. He said he loved his style of broadcasting and glad he had the chance to work with him: “I’ve kept in touch with him ever since and it was a pleasure to know him. This is very sad news indeed.”

Chris was a radio guy through and through, his Facebook activity showed him recently listening to the Radio 1 Song and BRMB jingles on Soundcloud. His last activity was even sharing a Radio Today story – about jingles – less than 24 hours ago.

His online profile says “Please don’t refer to me as a veteran broadcaster” so we haven’t, but we’re sure your friends and colleagues would be more than happy to.

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  1. Mike Richards

    Chris had been part of the team at Lincoln City Radio over the past two years and was respected and admired for his sensible and reliable approach. He has been a great mentor for the new team at Lincoln City Radio and we are all still in shock. We will never forget him.
    Mike Richards . Chairman Lincoln City Radio 103.6 fm

  2. John B Sheffield

    It was such a shock to read this news early this morning, in fact as you say I checked out fully before posting anything as I could not believe it. Chris was such a Radio Gent! I worked with him all his time at Radio City.

    In recent years on facebook he became really strong with is opinions and I joined in with many of them, many in the last week. In fact just yesterday in a poll on facebook of nominations for certain catergories such who was the best 2012 Olympian, one question was your most opinonated friend on facebook (in a nice way) and it had to go to Chris.

    Always loved one of Chris’s favourite quotes! by one of his later bosses at Radio City “‘You are a great producer but you’ll never make it as a presenter” just after this Chris made it to BBC Radio One!

    Sincere Condolences to his two sons Huw and Penri, be proud of your Father, he gave us so many good memories. Rest in Peace Chris.

  3. Jon Kirkman

    Lovely man never forget him. First met Chris at Radio City in the seventies and was lucky to work with him at Real Radio Yorkshire And Smooth Radio. Great broadcaster but just a lovely man.i am proud to have been his work colleague but more importantly his friend. I will miss our conversations. So long CJ until we meet again

  4. Graham Dexter

    Such a great bloke he will be missed. Chris was a friend of mine for over 13 years and will not be forgotten

  5. Chris Day

    Sat in with Chris on is first show at Radio Lincolnshire back in early 80’s – A truly nice bloke and a very talented broadcaster.
    Sad news!

  6. Alan Ritson

    This news has come as a tremendous shock. Only 2 days ago I had a lengthy conversation with Chris in the studio at Siren FM during which we discussed a number of exciting opportunities that he was exploring within the broadcast industry. It was during that afternoon that he
    recorded a one hour interview with one of the Siren team members.
    I have admired his tremendous sense of style and enthusiasm within radio broadcasting for the past few decades and very much looked forward to continuing to work with him in the future.
    My sincere condolences to his family and countless friends and he shall be very sadly missed.

    Alan Ritson – Presenter
    Lincoln City Radio 103.6FM
    Siren FM 107.3

  7. John Dash

    I loved listening to Chris on Radio 1 – his passion for radio shone through, inspiring me and, I’m sure, many others. It really is terribly sad to think that he is no longer with us. My deepest sympathies are with Chris’s family and friends – John Dash.

  8. Martin Crowther

    R.I.P Chris. Missed the late night love weekend show on real radio 9 years ago! You were one of the reasons why 9 years ago I wanted to be a late night radio presenter.

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