Liverpool radio journalist Phil Easton dies suddenly

A radio journalist who was also Liverpool Football Club’s pitch-side announcer has died suddenly.

Phil Easton had a 34-year radio career after joining Liverpool’s Radio City in 1975.

He was the first voice on City Talk, the speech-based station launched last January, and recently interviewed prime minister Gordon Brown for the station.

Easton died suddenly at home after a brain haemorrhage. He was 59, and leaves a wife, Fran, and three grown-up children.

Richard Maddock, station director for Radio City, Magic and City Talk said: “We are deeply saddened to hear this tragic news.

“Phil was an astounding broadcaster and friend to everyone here at Radio City, Magic and City Talk. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

Kim Hughes, Easton’s breakfast show co-host said: “I’m naturally devastated.

“Phil was more than my co-host, he was my friend. I will miss him endlessly and send all of my love to his family.”

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