Award-winning Sydney radio journalist Glenn Daniel has died aged 62. He had heart surgery last week and reportedly died in his sleep. He worked as a radio news journalist for over 35 years and had been a news journalist on smoothfm 95.3, co-hosting the More Music Breakfast Show with Bogart Torelli, since 2013.
He was the brother of Terry and Richard Daniel who also both work in the radio industry.
The three-time winner of Commercial Radio Australia’s Best News Presenter was recognised with the Brian White Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2014 and released his autobiography News Time – A Life in Radio in March 2018. He gave all of the money raised from the book to his medical Cardiac Research team at Sydney’s RPA Hospital who had helped Glenn during his time challenging health times.
Nova Entertainment, which owns smoothfm, issued a statement on Friday morning confirming Daniel’s death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we at smoothfm have to share the devastating news that Glenn Daniel passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday,” the statement said.
“Glenn was a true gentleman, he had a beautiful soul, was kind, generous and had time for all. He was a consummate professional for his entire 39 year career in broadcast radio and journalism.
Glenn cared so much for smoothfm and the station’s listeners. He would arrive at work at 2am to craft the news in his own imitable style and was a trusted source of news for many years for millions of loyal listeners.
“Glenn loved his kayaking, cricket and The Eels, but more than anything he loved his two boys Mark and James. They are very much in our thoughts now as is Glenn’s on air partner Bogart and the entire smoothfm family.”