Listeners pay tribute to talk radio king Mike Dickin

Tributes have poured in for the late talkSport presenter, Mike Dickin, one of the great figures of speech radio, who died in a car crash on 18 December.

The phone-in host, who was affectionately known as The King by his fans due to his resemblance to King Henry VIII, had presented a regular show on talkSport since its launch in 1995 as Talk Radio, and died in a road accident near his home in Cornwall.

Dozens of messages have been posted by fans on the presenter’s MySpace page and a talkSport spokesman said: ‘Mike Dickin was truly a radio legend and he will be sorely missed by all of us here as well as the millions of listeners whom he informed, entertained and argued with over the span of his illustrious 36-year career.’Dickin was recently the host of the station’s late night phone-in and was famous for his strongly-held views, which earned him the title of ‘Britain’s Angriest Man’by talkSport listeners. He joined the BBC in 1970 as the first presenter on air at Radio Oxford.

After a stint in Australia, he returned to the UK in the late 70s, working for BBC Radio 4, LBC and Capital Radio, where he won an award for his coverage of the Lockerbie disaster in 1988.

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