Obituary: John Shaw

John Shaw John Shaw was Radio Leicester's voice of cricket

John Shaw, a familiar voice on both BBC and commercial radio in the East Midlands and latterly the voice of cricket on BBC Radio Leicester, has died aged 56 after a short illness.

John began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Nottingham working on a range of arts, music and culture programmes. Then came a lengthy spell in commercial radio.

On Nottingham's Radio Trent, he hosted the arts show Alternatives. He is also fondly remembered for an esoteric music show, initially called Here Be Dragons. His colleague at Radio Trent, David Lloyd, says: 'His natural on-air honesty and engagement, coupled with the background he'd painstakingly prepared, rendered even such unlikely material of real interest. It was riveting listening.'

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John Shaw taught me everything I know in radio and am devastated by his death. He'll always be the voice in my head when commentating”

End Quote Charles Dagnall Radio Leicester cricket reporter

John returned to BBC local radio in Nottingham and Leicester in the 1990s taking on a range of jobs, including features, music presentation, sports coverage and radio car reporting. He developed a reputation for his high standards, his intelligence, his kindness and his willingness to speak his mind.

He is fondly remembered as a very generous colleague who gave up his time to train and encourage younger broadcasters. BBC Radio Leicester's cricket reporter Charles Dagnall says it was John who first persuaded him to go into broadcasting. He tweeted: 'John Shaw taught me everything I know in radio and am devastated by his death. He'll always be the voice in my head when commentating.'

Ball-by-ball coverage

This summer John was the voice of cricket in Leicestershire, providing ball-by-ball coverage of Leicestershire County Cricket matches for BBC Online and regular reports and interviews on BBC Radio Leicester. Mike Siddall, chief executive at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, said: 'John was a lovely bloke, a true gentleman who was highly regarded by everyone here at Grace Road.'

I loved hearing John on the radio this summer and his beautifully-written and impeccably researched reports gained him a lot of new friends and fans. We had hoped that he'd be back with us next summer. He'll be very much missed. John was not always an easy man to manage, but all who worked with him knew that he was motivated by his passion for making great radio.

Our thoughts are with his brothers, Pete and Nick, and with the many people in his village of Wymeswold in Leicestershire who knew John well. He cared for his mother Betty until her death in March of this year. He was a crucial part of the annual Wymeswold duck race and even stepped in as village postman when the regular postie was indisposed.

Jane Hill, Editor, BBC Radio Leicester


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