Tributes were paid to a Sony Gold award-winning BBC radio presenter who died at the age of 44 from a short illness.
Lisa Shaw was a broadcasting institution in the North East of England, having scoured the area’s commercial radio stations before finding a home at Radio Newcastle in 2015.
For almost 13 years, she was a presenter on Real Radio, winning a Sony Gold Award for Breakfast Show of the Year in 2012 alongside Gary Philipson.
His death was announced by Alfie Joey on the Sunday morning show on Radio Newcastle. His crackling voice, he summed up how beloved local radio presenters were to their communities, before playing Andrew Gold’s Thank You for Being a Friend.
“At BBC Radio Newcastle we share everything together because where we live you live. The shows we do are your shows, they are not our shows. We visit the same places as you, we go to the same parks, we go to the same libraries. Your children attend our children’s schools. We always talk about stories in the North East that matter, that matter to all of us. Sometimes it’s our job to tell you things we’d rather not and that’s, I’m afraid, one of those times, ”he said.
“We are so sorry and saddened to share with you that after a short illness, our beautiful friend, our lovely colleague Lisa Shaw, passed away at the age of only 44 years. Lisa, as you know, was genuine, warm, kind, calm and full of life and she was a wife, she was a mom, a very special person and she meant a lot to a lot of people including us at BBC Newcastle.
A statement from Shaw’s family described her as an “amazing person” who had “touched and enriched the lives of so many people and made them better just by being there.”
“We are all completely heartbroken, in disbelief, numb and saddened, for there is a Lisa shaped hole in our lives that will never, ever be filled,” they said.
“We are so grateful for the time we spent with her, and there are so many fond memories that will be dear to us for the rest of our lives.
“She was the best wife and mom, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and colleague anyone could hope for. She loved connecting with the wonderful people of the Northeast every day, and it takes heart to know how many lives she was a part of each day.
Chris Burns, Director of BBC Local Radio, said: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already accomplished a lot and would have accomplished a lot more. She hosted an Easter special that aired on our 39 local stations in England, a fact that reflects the esteem she held. My thoughts are with Lisa’s family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.
Tribute was also paid to Tony Lyman, another BBC presenter, who died of leukemia this weekend at the age of 65. Lyman joined BBC Radio Derby in 2010, presenting the first East Midlands show and a Sunday music show.
His career, which spanned over 40 years, began in hospital radio and included stints at Leicester Sound, Smooth and as a continuity announcer on Central TV.
BBC Radio Derby editor-in-chief Aftab Gulzar said he was a “brilliant broadcaster” and a “wonderful man”.