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Roy Waller: BBC Radio Norfolk presenter dies aged 69
Roy Waller
Roy began his broadcasting career on BBC Radio Norfolk in the early 1980s

Roy Waller, one of the best-known presenters and football commentators on BBC Radio Norfolk, has died aged 69.

Roy passed away at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he was being treated for a liver illness, during the evening of 6 July 2010.

Roy was widely regarded as one of the county's best known voices.

He gained fans for his quirky sense of humour, his love of his home county and Norwich City FC as well as his passion for country and western music.

Roy began broadcasting his weekday shows on BBC Radio Norfolk in the early 1980s, and was also the station's Norwich City commentator for many years.

He took semi-retirement in September 2009 to spend more time with his wife and former programme assistant Sylvie, but continued to present his long-running country music show, Rodeo Norfolk, on Saturday mornings until late last year.

In 2005 Roy was forced to take a lengthy break from the airwaves after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and undergoing a five-hour operation.

It was a privilege to have known him over the past 24 years. He will be sorely missed.
Ian Crook, ex-Norwich City footballer

The broadcaster was made Sheriff of Norwich in 2008, with the news announced live on his afternoon show.

He was born and brought up on the city's Mile Cross estate, attending the Norman School, and worked at estate agent's Hanbury Williams, Norwich Union and the AA.

He started off broadcasting the Association's road reports on the BBC's local service as it existed at the time.

Roy's first job for BBC Radio Norfolk, when it launched in 1980, was as commentator for his beloved Norwich City, before going on to join the station's roster of day-time presenters.

Roy's wife Sylvie and his daughters and family have been at his bedside throughout his illness.





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