Monday, 7 March 2011

Bob Dengate

It is with much sadness that long-standing family member of 2MCE, Bob Dengate, passed away on Sunday morning, 6th March 2011.

Our most sincere condolences to Kay and all their family.

We love and miss you, Bob.

Bob ... you once said this was the song you wanted to be remembered by forever, we will never forget you and you will always be loved by your family, friends and the 2MCE family.

Vale Bob Dengate of 2MCE

It is with great sadness that 2MCE announce the passing of Robert Dengate.

He died peacefully during the morning of Sunday 6th March 2011 after a battle with Cancer.

Bob Dengate was a Charles Sturt University lecturer and Life Member of 2MCE. He was deeply committed to community radio and in particular to 2MCE. He will be most remembered as founding father of the long running program Saturday Night Jukebox and was known as ‘The Big Bobber’ - derived from the famous US DJ/singer/songwritter J P Richardson known as ‘The Big Bopper’. The Jukey program celebrated its 19th anniversary just a few weeks ago during which Bob spoke to listeners for the final time. He also broadcast both classical and popular music but his great love was for the music of the 1960’s and he had an extensive knowledge of the works and times of The Beatles.

Bob was a mentor and guide to countless numbers of young and not so young presenters at 2MCE. It was only recently that he hung up his microphone and headphones on his Thursday Morning Music and Fried Brekky programs.

Bob’s other great passion was for the world of sport. Bordering on the fanatical Bob could speak with authority and with encyclopedic knowledge on all sports.

His influence in the education field is legendary - as a teacher and academic - always remembered as kind and supportive in the classroom with extensive influence in academia through education journals, syllabus design and professional development.

His mellifluous voice will of course be fondly remembered and he will be sadly missed by the 2MCE family - station staff, presenters and listeners.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Kay and to Bob’s family.

Vale Bob Dengate

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