Angel, who died on Christmas Eve, retired from radio in 2001 after a 44-year career with stations 2UE, 2SM, 2GB and 2CH but the style he brought to the news can still be heard today.
“For him every news bulletin was opening night,” said 2GB announcer Jason Morrison. “He was the most unlikely star at the station. He never really understood how many people were aware of who he was and what he did.
“He set the standard of the way news was presented in Sydney. There’s a whole generation of blokes my age who aspired to be as good at the craft as he was. You can hear traces of Jim Angel in newsreaders of my generation.”
The “little man with the big voice” received numerous tributes following his death of a massive stroke at his home in the Southern Highlands, aged 67.
“There was no finer example of theatre of the mind of radio,” said 2UE’s program director, Greg Byrnes.
The Premier, Morris Iemma, said an entire generation of people had woken up to Angel telling them what was happening of a morning. “Jim Angel was a radio icon.”
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
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