Former Mercia, SAGA, Smooth Radio and BBC radio presenter Jeff Harris has died this morning (Wednesday).
Fab FM, a station he helped to launch in recent years, has paid tribute on its Facebook page, saying:
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Jeff Harris, a founder of FAB FM passed away this morning. Jeff was a great broadcaster and a great friend to many people who will be feeling the loss today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Jeff has worked in radio in the Midlands since joining Mercia in 1981. He stayed there for 12 years before moving to Leicester Sound in 1994 where he was Operations & Presentation Manager.
He worked for Classic Gold as Brand Manager and Presenter from 1995 to 2002 before moving to SAGA / Smooth Radio West Midlands in 2001. He stayed till 2008 then went on to work for BBC Local Radio.
For the past few years, he’s been presenting at Radio FAB FM – a digital station he helped set up in 2014.
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It's with great sadness today I lost a good Freind Jeff Harris
Jeff helped me into radio I joined Mercia sound in 1984 thru CHBS
Thank you Jeff n thoughts with https://t.co/XFIGUlquOm#radio picture of Jeff doing lazy Sunday
Mercia fm pic.twitter.com/uoFLYmkPnY
— craigyB(dj)@beat (@driveshowcraigy) February 28, 2018
The passing of old friends and colleagues is becoming way too frequent just now. RIP Jeff Harris, one of Mercia Sound’s (Mercia FM, as it became) best presenters and a really lovely man.
— Stuart Linnell (@Stuart_Linnell) February 28, 2018
😢 Sad news indeed. Great presenter in my time at Mercia. And weirdly was just thinking about him yesterday wondering if he was still in radio 😧 RIP Jeff. https://t.co/CW9oOFzwDv
— Kat Wright (@k8pants) February 28, 2018