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FAREWELL: Former KOFM Breakfast Host David Collins Passes Away

It follows a brave battle with cancer..

FAREWELL: Former KOFM Breakfast Host David Collins Passes Away

Former long-serving KOFM breakfast host David Collins has sadly passed away, following a battle with cancer.

He died peacefully last night, with his long-time friend Tanya Wilks by his side.

David was 60.

After starting his radio career in London, he moved to Australia in 1976 where he joined Sydney's 2WS.

David with Justin Haywood and John Lodge from Moody Blues

Interviewing singer Kate Bush

During his time there he interviewed the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.

David then moved to Newcastle in 1991, where he ruled the airwaves for 24 years - 22 of those years alongside Tanya.

David and Tanya began their partnership on 2HD before moving to KOFM

David and Tanya chatting with a fresh-faced Matty Johns

The pair began their formidable partnership at 2HD before switching stations to KOFM, taking their legion of fans with them.

David and Tanya would go on to become Australia's longest-running and most successful radio breakfast team.

David and Tanya spent 22 years on-air together

Not only were David and Tanya work colleagues, they became life-long friends

Their last show together aired in 2013, before David moved to the KOFM drive shift for two years.

KOFM General Manager Ashley Myatt said David leaves behind a lasting legacy.

“David was a formidable figure on the Newcastle airwaves for more than two decades, alongside his life-long friend Tanya.”

“I know David’s passing will be met with deep sadness from his former colleagues, and our loyal KOFM listeners who enjoyed waking up to his stories, opinions and jokes over many years.”

“Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

David was also Peter Sterling's long-time manager, and good mate

David was very close with Tanya's husband Michael and their son Lorcan