Tributes paid to radio “boss” Mike Allen
Former Capital Radio presenter and hip-hop DJ Mike Allen, known affectionately as The Boss, has died.
Mike became known for his hip hop radio programmes on Capital in the mid 80s, inspiring a number of radio presenters such as Dave Pearce to do similar formats and enter the radio and music industry.
In more recent years Mike worked at Talk Radio UK, Smooth Radio in London and also LBC. He hosted a networked hardcore music show in the 80s called National Fresh which aired on a number of independent local radio stations including Radio Forth, Signal, Severn Sound and Hereward Radio.
Dave Pearce has posted a tribute on his website: “I was sad to learn this morning that legendary Hip Hop Radio Dj Mike Allen has passed away. Mike hosted a must listen to radio show on Capital Radio in London in the early 80s during the very first days of Rap, Hip Hop and Electro. He was one of the inspirations that led me to create the BBC’s first Hip Hp Show “A Fresh Start To The week” we quickly became rival shows on rival stations but with a mutual respect of each others work and importantly we had a good friendly relationship.”
Nicky Horne tweeted: “Hearing of death of Capital colleague & friend Mike Allen. Pioneer of hip hop music in UK. A thoroughly nice man who I remember with fondness.”
LBC’s Anthony Davis said: “Sad to hear that former @LBC and @958capitalfm DJ Mike Allen has died. One of the very best. Shall miss his tones. mikeallencapitalradio.com.”
Duncan Barkes posted this message to social media: “Sad to hear of the passing of Mike Allen. Hip hop pioneer at Capital Radio & talk radio legend at LBC & Talk Radio. A kind man. Rare.”
See more on Twitter, and watch this Capital Radio promo video including Mike Allen: