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Broadcaster Kevin Black dies

Veteran DJ Kevin Black (69) died suddenly of a suspected heart attack at his Remuera home last night.

Radio Hauraki, the one-time pirate station where Mr Black enjoyed the highest profile phase of his career, announced on its website: "RIP Kevin Black, a true legend of broadcasting. We owe you."

During the 1980s, the Rolls Royce-driving "Blackie" was the highest-paid DJ in the country. His breakfast show on Hauraki, known for his prank calls, had a long run at the top of the ratings (it was eventually edged into second place by Newstalk ZB after it launched the Paul Holmes' breakfast show).

Mr Black retired in 2009 after stints at 89FM (which he co-founded after leaving Hauraki), Classic Hits and Solid Gold FM.

He is survived by a wife and three daughters.

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RIP Blackie, you were awesome in your hey day!!

Funniest man on NZ radio ever. I still listen to Hauraki in the vain hope the morning drive show will live up to his legacy.

You and Ross Goodwin arriving up there in the same week. Do you think God will cope? Sure he will, and it'll be in stereo, with no mistakes played. Go well, Blackie. We'll have a few this week for both of you.

Have fun, Mr Black. Now you can be in everyone's home, even when they don't have the radio on.

Correction: Kevin is survived by a son and two daughters.

Worked with Kevin in the 80's. remember his phone call to General Store on Great Barrier Island- spent 20 minutes tryin to talk to "General Store". Still gives me a smile 20 odd years later.
We had fun