New Zealand’s longest-serving and beloved broadcaster, Bruce Russell, has passed away. His unfortunate death has sparked an outpouring of grief from listeners and colleagues. Russell was due on air to host the Newstalk ZB station’s overnight show. The station confirmed the passing of Bruce. In a statement on the radio station’s website, the station said that Bruce was one of their long-time Newstalk ZB hosts who passed away unexpectedly but peacefully last night. Adding further, the station addressed Russell as a wonderful team member and a talented host and newsreader who brought joy to the audiences for many years.
Sharing the news, Newstalk ZB continued that the conversations Bruce had on-air brought him loyalty from listeners young and old both throughout the night and on his Saturday night show. It was further added that the newsreader’s inimitable personality in the newsroom and in the studio would always entertain his colleagues too. The station extended their deepest condolences to his family and friends and wrote that their thoughts and love are with Bruce’s family at this sad time.
Apart from Newstalk ZB, Tim Dower, one of Russell’s long-time colleagues at ZB, also paid him respects. Tim Dower announced the news on air this morning of the passing of his great mate. Miles Davis shared a photo of Bruce on Twitter along with a lengthy caption where he wrote that he is devastated. Miles called Bruce one of a kind and a colleague for 20 years who always made him laugh with his dry sense of honor and helped him a lot with his advice.
As per reports, the broadcaster, in his early 70s, died suddenly on Sunday night, April 24, 2022, working right up until his death as an overnight host, newsreader, and host of the popular My Day show. At 9 AM today, Newstalk ZB paused its regular programming to allow listeners to pay respect to Russell. Russell was the station’s fabric, according to host Tim Beveridge, who claimed he had over 100,000 on-air talks in his tenure.
Russell’s broadcasting career took him all throughout New Zealand. According to his ZB bio, he began creating advertisements and around that time began performing some announcing and was posted to local community stations, doing every shift under the sun. He shifted to programming in Timaru and later worked as a manager at a small station in the central North Island. Bruce Russell will be dearly missed by everyone.