East Midlands radio presenter Tony Lyman dies

Former Radio Trent, Leicester Sound, GEM, Century, Saga and Smooth presenter Tony Lyman has died after a short illness.

He died in hospital on Friday after being recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Tony was 65 and was most recently on BBC Radio Derby, having joined in 2010 to host a daily show. He started his radio life at local hospital radio stations before heading out to the Voice of Peace.

BBC Radio Derby is broadcasting a special tribute show from 2pm till 6pm today (Sunday).

Aftab Gulzar, Executive Editor at BBC Radio Derby, says: “Tony was a brilliant broadcaster, the ultimate professional and one of the kindest people you could wish to meet. Tony loved playing and talking about music and he managed to do that during an incredible career that’s spanned more than 40 years.

“He joined us over a decade ago, presenting the Early show across the East Midlands and, his real love, his Sunday show with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The listeners and the team at Radio Derby are really going to miss him; a wonderful presenter and a wonderful man.”

Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England, says: “I remember first meeting Tony as a complete newcomer to broadcasting. He was generous with his time, modest about his own skills and talent and he made it all look so easy. He will be much missed by his colleagues and the audience. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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Posted on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at 5:51 pm by Roy Martin

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