BBC Radio Humberside’s Beryl Renwick dies

Beryl Renwick, the former BBC Radio Humberside presenter, has died at the age of 89.

Beryl found fame as one half of the presenting team Beryl and Betty during their six year stint on-air. Her co-presenter Betty Smith died last year.

They came to the attention of the wider radio industry in 2012 when they beat Frank Skinner to Best Entertainment programme Gold at the Sonys.

Beryl will be fondly remembered at BBC Radio Humberside in a short tribute piece this morning, followed by recollections from the BBC’s David Reeves on Friday afternoon.

David first spotted their potential when he overheard them talking during a tour of the BBC buildings in Hull. The show turned out to be a Saturday night hit, as Beryl and Betty’s chatter, jokes and pop music choices endeared them to their audience.

Simon Pattern, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Humberside: “Beryl was just herself, and that’s the most important qualification a radio presenter can have. What you heard on air was what we heard when she walked into our reception each week, a delightful and very caring Hull woman. She had a wonderful sense of humour, which she shared with her co-presenter Betty Smith.

“Once they got the giggles, there were times I would feel sorry for David Reeves, the third person in the studio! We were all saddened to hear the news of Beryl’s passing. We’re just so pleased that for a few years we had the chance to share and enjoy the company of this very special lady.”

The programme ended in 2012 after Betty became ill, although Beryl continued to occasionally appear on air.

Beryl’s niece Valerie Bourne says: “As a family, we would like to say a huge “thank you” to David and the Team for making Beryl’s latter years so happy and fulfilled. She lived for her broadcasting days and the happy and friendly atmosphere at the Station. She also was very proud of the fame she gained for being one half of the Dynamic Duo.

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 7:30 am by RadioToday

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