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2GB hosts pay tribute to radio and TV legend Ron Casey

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Legendary Australian broadcaster Ron Casey OAM has died, aged 89.

The former 2GB radio host and television journalist passed away in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital this morning, according to form 2GB Program Director John Brennan.

Casey rose to fame in the early years of television as a sports presenter on Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports, with Frank Hyde.

In 1988, Casey was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Australian television and sport.

His career, spanning 70 years, was controversial and divisive.

He’s known for one of the most famous pieces of television in our nation’s history, an on-air punch up with singer Normie Rowe in 1991.

Ray Hadley remembers Ron as “an institution on both radio and TV”.

“Despite the bravado, he was in fact, a very nice man.

“May ‘The Case’ rest in peace.

“The bloke I knew was not the same as the bloke that was rather biting and challenging… he was a pretty gentle soul.”

Click PLAY below to hear Ray’s comments in full

Alan Jones also paid his respects to the media giant.

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Chris Smith has also remembered the veteran broadcaster who was a “mentor and friend” to many.

Chris has replayed an interview he conducted with Casey five years ago, in which the former host recalled being followed by a disgruntled listener with a meat hook.

“I said a few things to this fellow on air and I said he was a fool and he didn’t know what he was talking about,” Casey told Chris.

“He took exception to it, and he walked outside 2SM I think it was in those days, with a meat hook waiting for me to come out!”

Click PLAY below to hear Chris Smith’s interview with the great Ron Casey five years ago

Veteran Australian reporter Ray Martin has described Casey as a “fabulous” bloke.

Ray has reflected on the moments following Casey’s infamous fight with Normie Rowe, which happened on his program the Midday show, 27 years ago.

“The funny thing is, when he swung the punch and Ronnie our security man moved in and separated them… we went to a commercial break.

“In the commercial break, Ron Casey looked at me and he laughed and he said, ‘Thank God he stopped me’.

“He said, ‘I didn’t have a second punch in me!'”

Click PLAY below for the full interview with Ray Martin

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