One of BBC Radio Newcastle’s longest serving presenters Kathy Secker has died.
The station has paid tribute to the broadcaster, saying she was a genuine broadcasting legend in the North East.
Before joining BBC Newcastle in 1994 Kathy worked as an ‘in-vision’ continuity announcer at ITV Tyne Tees so was already well known in the region.
BBC Newcastle editor Doug Morris said: “Kathy’s passing comes as a huge shock to all of us at the radio station, she was a genuine friend to so many of us here and working with her was always such a pleasure. Kathy was more than a professional broadcaster; she truly understood the connection between local radio and the audience, and the companionship it provides. Most important of all, we know how much she’ll be missed by her family and the listeners who will reflect on the genuine sadness of her sudden passing.”
A special tribute programme to Kathy will air this Sunday, December 20th, in her regular show time of 2-5pm.
Her family have sent a statement to the station, saying: “We know Kathy was held the hearts of many in the North East from her years presenting with Tyne Tees and BBC Radio, and for her work founding and building Grace House in Sunderland. To her family though she was just a much loved mum, sister, step-mum and Glamma. We are all so shocked and sad and ask that we be left to grieve at this time.”