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Subject: Actor Merv Smith

Dies at 85
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 08:02:25am

Radio legend, former ZB breakfast host Merv Smith dies

Radio legend Merv Smith, one of New Zealand's pillars of broadcasting, has died.

Smith, who was 85, held the number one position in the country's radio breakfast ratings for 26 years.

He remained active until the end, but was admitted to hospital on Friday and died this morning.

He started in breakfast radio at 1ZB in 1961, aged 28, and left for Radio I when Paul Holmes came in to start the Newstalk format in 1986.

After he retired from radio he dived into his true love - trains - and ran Merv Smith Hobbies in Newmarket.

Former colleague Barry Holland said he was the first of the big radio personalities - but was a very humble man.

He said his enduring memory of him was his humour and timing.

Smith was very involved in radio drama, then on TV in Personality Squares.

His breakfast show included birthday calls - and a spider, McHairy, for the children.


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