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John Hannam’s interviews were ‘legendary’

It is with much sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my dear friend the wonderful journalist and broadcaster John Hannam ⁦

Jimmy Cricket has described the late John Hannam as a “wonderful journalist and broadcaster ⁦”.

Isle of Wight journalist and author John died earlier this month at the age of 80.

His website said he hosted Britain’s longest-running non-stop radio chat show, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010.

He conducted thousands of interviews with famous stars and personalities.

And he managed to chat to celebrities who would not normally do local radio interviews.

His guests included Charlton Heston, John Mills, Prince Edward, Cliff Richard, Victoria Wood, Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth Twiggy and numerous soap stars.

Jimmy said: “It is with much sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my dear friend, the wonderful journalist and broadcaster ⁦@johnhannammeets

⁩”John’s interviews with actors and variety acts on the Isle of Wight were legendary.

“My heartfelt sympathy to his children and Roberta Heart suitxx.”

The What’s On In Isle Of Wight website reported on John’s death.

It said: “Tributes have been pouring in for Isle of Wight entertainment legend, broadcaster and writer John Hannam.

“The much-loved journalist died, aged 80 on Wednesday, September 22.

“A long standing friend of the County Press, John was born in East Cowes and became best known for his easy-going interviews with the stars of stage and screen.

“However, he never forgot the Island’s own entertainment, sporting and community heroes, local names frequently sitting alongside the A-listers in his books, columns and shows.”

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