Former BBC Radio Lancashire Country Music Show presenter Joe Fish has died.
Joe has been in radio for 40 years, presenting a weekly programme for the BBC in Lancashire since 1998, and was popular with local listeners. He had been ill for some time, which meant he stepped down from the programme a few years ago.
Radio Lancashire had a full tribute to Joe during the show he used to present, Sunday afternoon from 2 till 3pm.
John Clayton, Managing Editor at BBC Radio Lancashire paid this tribute: “Whether they knew him through his work in the Fire Service or his radio programmes, or if they met him via one of his many country music events, here or in the States, everyone found Joe to be a lovely, caring bloke. There was no doubting his great passion for, and knowledge of, the country music world, but for me it was Joe’s love of life itself that shone through.
“Joe had been battling medical issues for as long as I had known him (and I’m going back to Piccadilly Radio in 1980 here!) and we had all hoped so much that he would win his latest setback and return to his hugely popular Sunday afternoon programme but, tragically, it wasn’t to be.
“We’ve lost a great friend and colleague who, as the response to yesterday’s tribute programme so clearly demonstrated, will be greatly missed.”
Joe was presented with his most prestigious award in Nashville, Tennessee, “CMA International Broadcaster Of The Year 2008″ and has interviewed many country music artists including Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and more.
As well as radio, he served a total of 31 years in the Fire Service including stints at Stretford, Manchester, Agecroft and Bolton. He was promoted to Sub-Officer and ended his service as a breathing apparatus instructor in Greater Manchester Fire Service.
Hundreds of listeners have paid tribute to Joe via BBC Radio Lancashire’s Facebook page.