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.
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.
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.
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.”