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First voice on Caroline dies at 74

Simon Dee, the first presenter to be heard on Radio Caroline in 1964 has died of bone cancer at the age of 74.

Simon spoke those now famous words, welcoming listeners to Radio Caroline on 199 metres, "Your all day music station". He then went on to find fame on television, hosting television chat shows which attracted 18 million viewers in the late sixties.

Simon was born Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd and was also the first pirate broadcaster to become a BBC star when he was offered a show on the Light Programme in 1965 which also aired on Radio 1 in 1967.

He also had spells on Radio Luxembourg, Radio 210 in the 1980s, and BBC Radio 2 in 2003. [link=http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/simon_dee_page.htm]Radio Rewind[/link] has a page all about Simon Dee, including sound clips.

Former colleague Tony Blackburn said on his Facebook profile today: "So sorry to hear that my old friend Simon Dee has died.I was out on Radio Caroline with him in the 60's and loved him.He was a brilliant broadcaster who threw it all away sadly because he couldn't handle fame.I appeared on his very successful Dee Time Saturday night TV show, people forget how big he was. My memoried of Simon will always be happy ones."

Here's an interview with Simon in 1964.

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