Brian Matthew presented Sounds of the 60s from 1990 through to 2017
On April 8th 2017, we at Radio 2 were deeply saddened to hear the news that Brian Matthew had passed away, here we take a short look back at his illustrious career.
Brian Matthew started broadcasting in 1948 in Germany, and trained as an actor at RADA before joining the BBC in 1954. He had a great love of the theatre and performed in many well-known venues. He even was the proud owner of his own 50-seat studio theatre in his home.
He was one of the first DJs on Radio 2, and hosted shows such as 'Saturday Club', 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' and 'Late Night Extra', but he is probably best known for presenting the long-running 'Round Midnight' programme which won the 1987 Pulitzer Publishing Award.
Brian presented 'Sounds of the Sixties' (winner of a Gold Sony Radio Award in 1996) from April 1990 through to 2017, when he stepped down from presenting the show.
In 1990 he received a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio.
Upon the sad news of his death the following tributes were paid to Brian:
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General says: "Brian Matthew was an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations. He had a wonderful style of delivery and a real connection with his listeners.
"Brian was a true broadcasting great. We will all miss him and of course, that voice."
Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 says: "Brian was one of this country’s most popular and best loved presenters, delighting millions of listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on Sounds of the 60s for 27 years. On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and our best wishes to his family at this difficult time."
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, and former BBC Radio 2 Controller says: "Brian was a radio legend. For decades, his voice was the sound of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to listeners on Sounds of the 60s with his wit and warmth. He will be sorely missed."