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Vale Mickey Dalton

Mickey Dalton, one of the original team behind the foundation of 96fm Perth in 1980, has died.

John Ilian reports on the Radio Green Room: “It is my belief that his contribution to the unique and original sound of the station set the standard for commercial FM radio in the nation. I had the great honour and privilege of writing the first dozen or so Skyshows (later known as Skyworks) and then working with Mickey in producing them – as well as countless commercials and station promos.

Yes, he could be cantankerous, stubborn and intransigent. Yet he was meticulous and exceedingly careful to always ensure whatever we worked on, would always result in the highest possible standard. His judgement was impeccable, his advice always constructive, his commitment unshakeable.

It was a delight that he could travel from Melbourne to Perth last year to attend the reunion of ‘The Originals’ and to have the opportunity to chew the fat with him over old times, despite his poor health.

Frank Fursey says: This is very sad news. I had the pleasure of working with Mickey at 2NX in Newcastle in the late 70’s. He was a great guy. Very switched on, with a fantastic sense of humour. R.I.P. Mickey. You will be missed by many.

John Scott says: “So sorry to hear this sad news.I worked with Mickey at 4IP in 1979.
He was always so helpful and such a nice Guy. RIP Mickey Dalton.”

Kevin Hillier says: “Very sad news. Mickey was one of a kind. Had little time for the suits but would defend those he believed in with everything but the kitchen sink and he needed it at times in those turbulent 4IP days under Gary Roberts. RIP Mikey.”


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