New Zealand’s longest-serving and beloved broadcaster, Bruce Russell, has passed away. His unfortunate death has caused great sadness among listeners and colleagues. Russell was scheduled to go on the air to host Newstalk ZB’s nighttime show. The station confirmed Bruce’s death. In a statement on the radio station’s website, the station said Bruce was one of their longtime Newstalk ZB presenters who passed away unexpectedly but peacefully last night. In addition, the channel recognized Russell as a wonderful team member and talented presenter and news anchor who delighted audiences for many years.
Newstalk ZB shared the news, going on to say that the talks Bruce had on air earned him the loyalty of listeners young and old both throughout the night and on his Saturday night show. It was further added that the newscaster’s inimitable personality would always entertain his colleagues both in the editorial office and in the studio. The channel sent its deepest condolences to his family and friends and wrote that their thoughts and love are with Bruce’s family at this sad time.
In addition to Newstalk ZB, Tim Dower, one of Russell’s longtime colleagues at ZB, also paid tribute to him. Tim Dower announced the news of his great friend’s death this morning. Miles Davis shared a photo of Bruce on Twitter along with a long caption writing that he is devastated. Miles called Bruce unique and a colleague for 20 years who always made him laugh with his dry sense of honor and was very helpful with his advice.
The broadcaster reportedly died suddenly in his early 70s on Sunday evening, April 24, 2022 and worked as an overnight presenter, news anchor and host of the popular My Day Show until his death. Today at 9am Newstalk ZB has suspended its regular program to allow listeners to pay their respects to Russell. According to presenter Tim Beveridge, who claimed to have had over 100,000 talks on the air during his tenure, Russell was the station’s stuff.
Russell’s broadcasting career took him all over New Zealand. According to his ZB bio, he started making ads and started making some announcements around that time and was posted to local community stations where he did every shift under the sun. He moved to Timaru for programming and later worked as a manager at a small station in the central North Island. Bruce Russell will be greatly missed by all.