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Dave Gilbee (MacKay) dies

DATELINE    30th May  2017

Former Radio City, Radio 390, Britain Radio and Radio 355 presenter David Gilbee, (Dave Mackay) has died at the age of 75.

David was born in Ilford, Essex, on 8th September 1941 and educated at Warwick public school.

He worked as an air traffic controller at Gatwick Airport  but as the result of a chance encounter with Eric K Martin, Radio City's station manager he  was invited  to present a few programmes.

He used his real name of Dave Gilbee and combined his shifts at Gatwick with trips out to Shivering Sands Fort, although he never actually joined Radio City full-time.

Dave applied  to  other offshore stations and was accepted by Britain Radio in  August 1966, changing his on-air name to Dave MacKay when he joined the station.

When Britain Radio became Radio 355 in March 1967 Dave stayed with the station and remained as a presenter until Radio 355 closed at the beginning of August 1967.

Following the offshore station's closure, Dave and fellow Radio 355 presenter Tony Monson  started a mobile disco businesses and in 1971 they opened a record and hi-fi shop in Brighton, Sussex.

Dave broadcast on BBC Radio Brighton and was also heard on Essex Radio, BBC Essex, Melody Radio  and Primetime Radio.

(Additional information courtesy Pirate Radio Hall of Fame)


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