BBC Radio Bristol presenter Trevor Fry has died at the age of 68, the station has announced on-air.
In a special announcement at 1600 Saturday, presenter Richard Lewis said: “I have to bring you the saddest news imaginable. Our colleague, your friend, my dear friend, Trevor Fry has passed away.
“Now I know this will come as a great shock to you, as it did to us, our first thoughts of course go to Sue his wife, to his children, his family and close friends who we send much love at this very difficult time.
“Trevor has been part of the fabric of this radio station for so many years, he was so much more than a broadcaster, he was a friend to many of you. I’ve known Trevor 35 years since his days on Radio West. Everyone at the BBC agreed he was the best local broadcaster on what was Bristol’s first commercial radio station and he eventually found his way home here to the BBC.”
Trevor worked for BBC Radio Bristol for 17 years, hosting a number of shows including the late show and Sunday breakfast.
He started on hospital radio and joined Radio West for its launch in 1982. He hosted mid-mornings in 1983. When the station split frequencies Trevor hosted breakfast on Brunel until the show was networked with Mike Read in the late 90s. He applied for an FM licence in Bristol as Cabot FM but lost out to The Eagle.
In 2011, Trevor stayed on-air later than normal to provide extra coverage of the M5 incident in which seven people were killed and 51 others were injured in a a multiple-vehicle collision.
“He had radio running through his veins,” Richard added. His wife, Sue, works for BBC Radio Four and they have three children: Sam, Camilla and Joshua.
After the announcement at 1600, Richard took requests from listeners for songs in memory of Trevor, and played some of Trevor’s favourite songs.