Gerry Dee, one of Signal Radio’s original and most popular presenters has died at the age of 59.
Gerry joined the station after its launch presenting the Late Night Show ID104. He moved from his home town of Southampton to take up his dream of working in radio.
While living in Stoke-on-Trent he worked locally in the big nightclubs at the time. The Place, Maxims and Valentinoes where he became a big name in the city. After many years at Signal presenting various programmes such as drive & the late night love affair he moved to Radio City and presented on Magic.
His last appearance on the radio was at Stafford FM before he was taken ill. He suffered for a short time with dementia and died on Saturday after a stroke.
“He was loved for his smooth velvet voice and his pure professionalism. He was the nicest guy you’d ever meet, never said a bad word about anybody, even if things got tough,” his friend and colleague Jason Hardy told RadioToday.
He continued with this tribute:
“He was my closet friend from our days at Signal to today, he was an inspiration and taught me a lot about the radio and night club industry. He was not just a friend. He was like a big brother to me. He was the first person I went to for help and advice, there for nights out and general chats. We were, along with Kevin Fernihough known as the ‘The Golden Girls’.
“We could go for days, weeks and months without speaking but we always picked up conversations as if we had been in contact daily. Mine and more people’s life is now a duller place without Gerry. RIP my friend and save me place next to you when I get to see you again. It’s an honour to be your friend.”
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So sorry to hear the news about Gerry Dee. A Signal 'Original' and one of the nicest blokes in radio. RIP Gerry. pic.twitter.com/xNePUdZ5pu
— John Evington (@Jevington) January 24, 2016