Renowned radio personality Jamie Crick, whose illustrious career spanned over two decades, has sadly passed away after a brief period of illness. Crick’s radio journey began in 1994 at Classic FM, where he dedicated twenty years of his life before transitioning to Jazz FM. At Jazz FM, he became a prominent figure, initially hosting the breakfast show and subsequently taking on the afternoon drivetime slot.
Tragically, Crick’s family confirmed his demise on Tuesday, attributing it to a “short illness.” Bauer Media UK, the broadcasting conglomerate, expressed deep sorrow at the loss of an integral member of their radio family. A spokesperson paid tribute to Crick’s enduring dedication to the craft, highlighting his pivotal role on stations such as Jazz FM, Scala Radio, and his significant contributions to the wider Bauer Media community. Colleagues and listeners alike will undoubtedly feel the void left by his unexpected departure. The radio stations he graced with his presence will soon commemorate his legacy in a fitting manner, continuing to air the music he held dear in his honor.
Crick’s association with Bauer Media UK’s Jazz FM commenced in 2014 when he joined as a guest presenter. His prowess led him to take over the reins of the breakfast show and later transition to the afternoon slot in 2016. Prior to this, his extensive experience encompassed approximately two decades at Global’s Classic FM starting from 1994. Notably, he also held the role of creative director at Gaydar Radio.
Fellow radio presenter Simon Bates, reminiscing on a platform like X (formerly Twitter), recalled Crick’s unwavering support and benevolence during Bates’ early days at Classic FM. The industry at large mourned Crick’s loss, with tributes pouring in from colleagues like Mark Carter, deputy managing editor of BBC South and BBC South East. Carter shared a sentiment of admiration for Crick’s skill and inspiration, harking back to the time when Crick joined local teams at the BBC.
Crick’s passion for radio led him beyond the confines of traditional stations. In 2018, he co-founded Encore Radio, a platform that celebrated the enchanting world of musicals. Moreover, he enriched Bauer’s Scala Radio with a program that delved into the intricacies of theatre. Nick Pitts, content director of Jazz FM, reminisced about Crick’s warm personality and his profound impact, describing him as a caring individual who reveled in being on the airwaves.
The radio industry has suffered a significant loss with the untimely passing of Jamie Crick. His enduring legacy as a broadcaster, his genuine camaraderie, and his unwavering love for the airwaves will be remembered fondly by colleagues, friends, and listeners alike. As the radio community comes to terms with this loss, his spirit will continue to resonate through the music he adored and the memories he created. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.