Australian radio broadcaster Gary O’Callaghan dies at age 83
Legendary Australian radio broadcaster Gary O’Callaghan has died at the age of 83. The announcement of his passing was made on 2GB on Saturday morning.
O’Callaghan was a staple on Sydney’s 2UE from 1956 to 2003, pioneering the breakfast format and winning countless awards and radio surveys.
Well-known as his alter-ego Sammy Sparrow, O’Callaghan dominated breakfast radio in the 60s and 70s and at one stage managed to hold 46% of the overall session audience.
O’Callaghan was one of the first to report on the 1954 Petrov Affair and became widely recognised for his coverage of the incident.
2GB breakfast host Ray Hadley spoke fondly of O’Callaghan during his show on Saturday morning.
“I’ve never met a more delightful, charming, sweet, lovable and loyal man than Gary O’Callaghan,” Hadley said on-air.