Carolyne Munroe, former co-director of Palm FM and long serving breakfast presenter, has died in Torbay Hospital.
CJ was also Managing Director at Radio Victory in Portsmouth for a time, and has worked at DevonAir, 2CR in Bournemouth and BBC Radio 2.
Mark Samways, founder and former MD Victory FM & Radio Victory (2), told RadioToday: “I am shocked to learn of CJ’s passing. We worked together for a decade through the nineties and into the noughties. We brought two radio stations into life, shared tough times and good times. The music mattered, voices mattered and great local radio mattered. She cared about local organisations and charities and Portsmouth. So many people, here and abroad, have reacted almost instantly to her passing and all share their memories of her big personality and warmth of soul, many thanking the Victory of the ‘90s for their inspiration or big break. Many tears and sad faces amongst all those that mazing voice touched. May you rest in peace, enjoying the greatest music ever, for ever!”
CJ started life in Ireland as Glenn Richards / Glenn Bonden and went to Queens University Belfast. CJ was widely known for the nostalgic record programmes, such as As time goes by.
Friends and colleagues have posted on social media:
Radio owner Dom James wrote: “Just heard the sad news that a good friend Carolyne Munroe (CJ) has passed away. A true inspiration and all round amazing honest genuine person. Thank you for your stories and advice over the years, you will be sadly missed by many many people RIP CJ x”
Her friend Derek Pearce commented: “Absolutely gutted to hear news that my old mate CJ Carolyne Munroe has passed away. Loads of fun times since the seventies, she taught me everything I know about DJing and radio (most of which I’ll be the first to admit I’ve forgotten!), and helped hone my love of music into a passion. Sorry we never got to have that one last meet-up we spoke of so often, CJ, have to be in the next world now! Another rock’n’roll hero gone. RIP, mate xxx.”
Presenter Jamie Hughes added: “Broadcasting has lost one of the greats. So sad to hear that Carolyne Munroe has taken the party to another plain. CJ taught me A LOT while at Palm 105.5. Sleep peacefully, you will be missed x”