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Saturday, December 7, 2013


Paddy O’Byrne, much loved by South African radio listeners, died at the age of 83 at home in Mullingar in Ireland earlier this week, just days before his 84th birthday. His health had recently declined because of a diminished lung capacity.

A barrister and a former BBC radio announcer, he moved to South Africa where he became a broadcasting icon. His was the voice that launched Talk Radio 702 some 33 years ago.

He was also well-known for his many appearances in Springbok Radio, including No Place To Hide (1958–1970), a story about the “world's strangest investigator, Mark Saxon ..." which was created by Monty Doyle and also starred Dewar McCormack, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Adrian Steed, Stuart Brown and Bruce Anderson.

O’Byrne also appeared in the films The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) and Crazy Safari (1991).