Melbourne broadcaster Kevin John dies at 66

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The Australian radio industry is mourning the loss of former 3AW host Kevin John.

In a tribute on the 3AW website, it was revealed that John died in his hometown of Wonthaggi, the same town where he was born.

John first moved to Melbourne in 1975, and was discovered by Lee Murray spruiking in a department store.

He went on to work at 3HA Hamilton and 3TA Sale, before jobs at 3KZ, 3MP, and 3UZ followed.

In the ’80s he moved to Monte Carlo and worked at Riviera 104, before returning to Melbourne for 3TT.

After then working at 3AW and Magic for a few years casually, he stepped in alongside Anne Gilding and later Jane Holmes on Magic 1278 Breakfast, where he worked until 2015.

In his final years he was a regular fill-in at 3AW at the behest of station manager Stephen Beers.

Tributes flowed in from radio presenters around Australia:

3AW ended its own tribute by sharing his interview with guest Michael Pope from the station’s archive.

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David King
26 Aug 2020 - 8:09 am

just read about Kevin’s passing. I’m saddened. So enjoyed his work with Jane Homes on Magic 1278. It was truly “Magic” . He filled in a couple of times for Darren on 3aw. It was so good to hear his voice again.

I so the enjoyed the Magic breakfasts, where you could have conversations with the presenters.

RIP Kevin

18 Jan 2021 - 8:19 pm

Terrible loss. I really lied Kevin John and was as shocked to hear of his passing. Thankyou for the music.
R.I.P. Kevin .


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