Host of his own popular morning show on BBC Radio 2. He began broadcasting in 1985.
He studied to be an accountant, before dropping out and going to work for a car rental company.
He persuaded the managers at BBC Scotland to give him a stand-in gig for an announcer, which got him started in radio.
He was married three times and had six children.
His radio show attracted controversy for a guest who claimed Elvis Presley made a secret visit to London.