WELL known expat radio presenter Roy Silverthorne has died today in England, aged 67, following a long illness.
Roy was a popular face throughout the expat marketplace, having presented breakfast shows for Spectrum Radio, REM and then TRE.
Arriving in Spain in 2002 from Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf, Roy also at one time launched a radio station – Choice FM – in Almeria, but it didn’t prove as successful as he had hoped.
He left Spain just under four years ago, by which time he was suffering ill health, and died in Doncaster.
He is survived by his wife Gill and their daughter Lisa.
i got to know roy very well through contact with spectrum,rem and tre………….he was the gold standard.no ego just a true professional.god bless roy,r.i.p. radio went downhill here in southern spain for expats when he returned to the u.k. we wont be lucky enough to see his like again.our thoughts are with roys family this sad day.good night mate.
I worked with Roy remotely for a long time before meeting him in person on one of my intermittent visits to Marbella, where the two of us squeezed in regular daily chats outside the REM/TRE studios over a fag. I even had the pleasure to host him in my studio in Altea when there was some sort of technical difficulty in Mojácar. Always a gent and a great favourite with our listeners. My thoughts are with Gill and Lisa. Tonight’s bottle of bubbly will raised to you, Roy. XS
Rick Daly called me with the sad news yesterday.I immediately went for a pint in the same pub in St Johns Wood where Roy looked me up around three years ago when he came back to Blighty. A lovely guy,fantastic colleague and that “armchair” broadcasting style that many would like to have.Hugely popular with the listeners I remember when Boland decided to tell Roy how he could improve his show by dropping most of the music,adopt a more urgent delivery and basically take a leaf out of his (Bolands) broadcasting book. Roys eyes had completely glazed over when the lecture was over and we both repaired for several drinks as I had endured the very same lecture earlier.At that time we had both been broadcasting for over 20 years and Roy remarked “but hey,what do WE know Mitch.. I suggest we follow instructions until we start the show and then play it by ear!”. Roy,one of lifes warm,talented guys with not a bad word about anyone.Keep smilin old mate and my thoughts are with you Gill and Lisa.
I am so sad to hear of Roy’s untimely death. Roy really was a master of many crafts. We were fellow DJs at Radio Bahrain in the 80s and I have many happy memories of those days. I send my feelings of deepest sympathy to Jill and Roy’s family.