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Former Essex Radio presenter Dave Gillbee dies

Former Essex Radio, Melody Radio and Primetime Radio presenter Dave Gillbee has passed away at the age of 75.

Tribute by Keith Chanter: Dave began his radio career in 1965 on the offshore station Radio City while still working as an air traffic controller. He later worked full-time for two other offshore stations, Britain Radio and Radio 355.

Back on land he broadcast on BBC Brighton and then in 1981 was part of the original line-up for the Southend-based Essex Radio. His unique, mellifluous voice was ideally suited to the easy-listening station, Melody Radio and he joined the team when it launched in 1990.

He remained there for many years and also broadcast on Saga’s Primetime Radio. Presenter Keith Rogers who worked with him at Essex Radio said that “Dave was a very charming man who had a heart as big as his body. He was fortunate enough to possess one of the most soothing voices ever to hit the airwaves and was perfect for easy-listening stations. I know he will be sorely missed”.

Friend and colleague David Baker told RadioToday: “Dave had the most amazing velvet voice perfect for any easy listening station, a true gentleman, softly spoken and so unique. He will be missed by all who knew him Including myself. Condolences to his family.”

Here he is on Melody Radio in 1992:

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  1. Simon Gillbee says

    Thank you for these kind word about my wonderful dad. He will indeed be sorely missed!

  2. Gary Whitford says

    Dave Hand an amazing voice and appetite … we worked at melody during the launch and early years. I will miss him incredibly.

    Gary Whtiford

  3. Martin weemes says

    Will be truly missed by many close to him, an absolute legend. May you never be forgotten…. RIP My friend x

    Martin Weemes

  4. Tara Kelly Gillbee says

    Good morning,

    Please if anybody has any photos of Dave, please share with us. Thankyou for your kind words! Dave will be sorely missed, but live on in the memory of those that knew him.

    Thank you.

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