He was a long-time sidekick on the The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on England's BBC Radio 2.
He started out on Durham University's student-run Purple Radio.
His mysterious absence for three days during June of 2011 caused widespread alarm and speculation, until it was revealed he was taking a teaching exam.
He had two children with his wife.
Over his long radio career he interviewed and competed with sportsmen like the cricketer Michael Vaughan.