Deniliquin radio announcer Paul Dix died on Friday morning after a short battle with cancer.By Zoe McMaugh
A true gentleman and a legend of the airwaves .
Affectionately known as Dixy, the ‘voice of Deniliquin’ died on Friday morning after a short battle with cancer.
He was the longest serving breakfast radio announcer in Australia and was 80 years old at the time of his death.
Remarkably, Dixy had only stopped going to air on 1521QN’s breakfast show two months ago to concentrate on his sudden battle with illness, but was still employed by the station.
‘‘Dixy just loved being on the air to entertain, and his local knowledge was unsurpassable,’’ said Rod Shepherd, who worked with and filled in for the popular breakfast show host on several occasions over the past 10 years.
‘‘He has always been in people’s kitchens and cars and he just had a lovely style about him.
‘‘He was always from the heart and had a lot of patience and empathy,’’ he said
‘‘If we could aspire to be anything like him, the world would be a better place.
‘‘He is folklore — he has gone from a living legend to an absolute legend.’’
Mr Shepherd said working with Dixy was a ‘‘marvellous’’ experience and that he was proud to have known him personally.
‘‘He never had a cross word about anyone and he was such a humble man.
‘‘He loved his golf. At work he would either be talking about it or looking up some golf website.
‘‘His golf books are still on his desk and there is a golf club up against the filing cabinet.
‘‘Even at 80 he was still looking to improve his game.
‘‘Dixy was just a delight to work with and I have always found him easy to get along with .
‘‘There are a lot of traits in him that remind me of my late father, and he (Dixy) had a very paternal manner about him.’’
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said Dixy was also a dedicated community man.
‘‘Over the years I have had a lot to do with Dixy.
‘‘He was a good sportsman, a community-minded person and was in radio for more than 50 years.
‘‘Dixy did have an opportunity to leave Deniliquin in his early years but he stayed .
‘‘It is a testament to how much he loved this town that he stayed.
‘‘Dixy was always willing to promote anything and help anyone, and always had an ‘open mic’ policy for local government. When my brother Kevin was mayor he hosted a ‘Mayor on the Air’ segment.
‘‘Dixy got involved with everything – he took up karate late in life, he was a golfer and was highly involved in the church.
‘‘He wasn’t just Dixy on the radio and he will certainly be missed.’’
Paul came to Deniliquin when he was 28 years old, two years after he entered the radio industry.
He has been the voice of Deniliquin radio for 52 years.
Dixy was widely respected across the industry, which was highlighted when Radio Today, Australia’s leading radio industry news website, reported the news of his death on Friday morning.
There was no question he was well regarded locally as well.
He was the Deniliquin Citizen of the Year in 1992 and the Employee of the Year - Service/Professional at the 2008 Deniliquin Business Awards.
He was also the first Deniliquin Business Chamber Hall of Fame recipient, which was announced at the Deniliquin Business Awards in 2012.
Originally from England, Paul moved to Australia in 1953. His first job in his new country was on the railways in Melbourne.
A stint at a radio school in Melbourne led him to the job which would become his life career.
His first radio posting was at 3MA in Mildura for two years before accepting a job at Deniliquin in 1961.
Dixy originally intended to stay only a short time but told the Pastoral Times in an interview in 2002 he had some ‘‘very good reasons’’ to stay.
‘‘The money was good and the boss was a real pioneer in commercial radio,’’ he said at the time.
‘‘People sometimes ask me why I stayed in Deni, and I always say it’s because I like it.
‘‘I think Deniliquin is a terrific place.’’
The same article revealed that Dixy originally wanted to be a journalist.
He had submitted a few articles to The Age in Melbourne and was offered a cadetship, but the pay ‘‘wasn’t enough to live on’’.
It was only when someone told him he had a voice for radio that he considered going on the air instead.
‘‘So it was an accidental entry into the business, really,’’ he said in the article.
■ A funeral for Paul Dix will be held at St Michael’s Catholic Church tomorrow at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, people are asked to make a donation to ‘Hilltop’, the Albury Wodonga Carer’s Centre. There will be a donation box at the church door.
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