Tributes have been paid to a Cumbrian 'radio legend' on the first anniversary of his death.

On June 1, 2019, Carlisle-born broadcaster and media consultant John Myers passed away at the age of 60.

John was known to thousands across the county as a continuity announcer on Border Television in the 1980s, and often appeared with his puppet sidekick Eric the Monkey.

He also hosted shows on BBC Radio Carlisle (now known as BBC Radio Cumbria). In 1993, he launched the city's only local commercial radio station CFM, and was its initial breakfast show presenter.

Following news of his passing last year, messages of condolance poured in from Cumbria and around the world. Broadcasters including Jeremy Vine and Kay Burley were among dozens to pay tribute to John.

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A year on from his passing, Smooth Radio presenter Angie Greaves took to the airwaves just after 5pm on Monday (June 1) to pay a special tribute. John helped to launch Smooth Radio 16 years ago.

Angie said: "We [Smooth Radio] wouldn't be here at all if it wasn't for one man. His name is John Myers.

"He was one of those larger-than-life characters who was loved by everyone, and Smooth really was his creation.

"Very sadly he passed away a year ago today at just 60 years of age. His huge presence is greatly missed, and it's fitting that he was such a family man, because he'll always be a part of our family, here at Smooth."

Following the tribute, Angie played the very-first song that was played on Smooth Radio, a track chosen by John when he launched the station, named 'A Star Is Born'.

"He knew he created something special. So this is for you John, your star will always shine bright," Angie added.

During his long career, John presented on many radio stations across the country, including; BBC Radio Cumbria, Red Rose, BBC Radio Tees, CFM, Century Radio, Real Radio, Rock Radio and Smooth Radio.

He has also served as a government advisor on media, an adviser to the BBC on radio, and was also a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland and University of Cumbria.