Bill Heine

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Bill Heine's house with The Headington Shark in Headington, Oxford, England.

Bill Heine is a radio broadcaster and writer based in Oxford, England.[1]

Bill started working for BBC Radio Oxford since 1983, and is considered by many to be very opinionated and perhaps somewhat controversial in the field of radio presenting. He is not afraid to speak his mind and allowed his listeners to do the same during his former afternoon phone-in show. Bill's last regular broadcast was on 24 April 2016.[2]

American-born, Heine has lived in Oxford since studying for a postgraduate degree at Balliol College in the late 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, he ran both the Penultimate Picture Palace cinema in East Oxford and the Moulin Rouge Cinema (which he later renamed Not The Moulin Rouge) in Headington.[3] He employed the sculptor John Buckley to design a giant pair of hands to adorn the former, and a giant pair of legs for the latter.

Heine employed Buckley again in 1986 to design a 25 ft fibreglass sculpture of a shark that appears to be crashing through the roof of his own house in the Headington area of Oxford, creating a somewhat controversial local landmark.

Heine's book about his radio career, Heinstein of the Airwaves, was published by Chris Andrews Publications on 31 October 2008, and his book about his infamous sculpture, The Hunting of the Shark, was published by Oxfordfolio on 9 August 2011.[4]

In November 2017 Heine revealed that he had been diagnosed with terminal acute myeloid leukemia.[5]


  1. ^ "Presenter Profile: Bill Heine". BBC News. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bill Heine". BBC Radio Oxford. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cinema, New High Street". Headington history: Miscellaneous. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Heine, Bill (2011). The Hunting of the Shark. Oxford: Oxfordfolio. ISBN 978-0-9567405-2-6. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. 
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