Radio presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62

Former BBC Radio 2 and Radio Trent presenter Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.

His agent, Jan Kennedy, made the announcement on Wednesday evening, saying he passed away at his home earlier in the day.

“While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief,” she said.

Dale was a household name for his television presenting work, but had started out as a club DJ and radio presenter with United Biscuits Network before going on to a spell with Radio Trent in Nottingham in the late 1970s and early 80s. From there he went to Radio Danube, Radio Chiltern and in 1988 Beacon Radio for three years.

Following TV success with Supermarket Sweep and Pets Win Prizes in the 90s, he was given a slot on BBC Radio 2 – replacing Alan Freeman on Pick of the Pops in 2000. He presented the classic chart show for a decade, leaving when Tony Blackburn took over in October 2010. He subsequently sat in for Steve Wright and Liza Tarbuck on Radio 2 a number of times over the last five years or so.

For many years he presented the National Lottery In It To Win it quiz on BBC One as well.

Here’s a recording of Dale from Radio Trent in 1982

The radio industry has been paying tribute – here’s a selection of the reaction:

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  1. Gordon Astley says

    He was a mate when we worked together at Beacon. Immaculately turned out for his radio show and spent Sunday Lunchtimes after his show with my family in Wolverhampton. Sweet man.

  2. Trevor Cooke says

    Another enormous talent gone. A fantastic personality driven top guy. They don’t make em like that any more. God bless you Dale.

  3. Martin Rosen says

    Dale actually started in hospital radio, Radio Northwick Park.

    A few years ago he teamed up with Hospital Radio Barnet to make a programme for Sky ‘Guiding Stars’, in which he helped the station on the road to success.

  4. Chris says

    I first heard Dale on Beacon Radio in 1988 and loved his mid morning show, great memories I will cherish forever.

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