John Shaw (broadcaster)

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John Shaw
John Shaw, Battersea Park.jpg
John Shaw in a BBC Radio Nottingham T-shirt
Born(1957-08-15)15 August 1957
Died25 November 2013(2013-11-25) (aged 56)
Station(s)Radio Nottingham
Radio Leicester
Radio Trent
CountryUnited Kingdom

John Shaw (15 August 1957 – 25 November 2013) was an English radio broadcaster, specialising in music and sports commentating.[1]

Shaw was born in the city of Lincoln (county town of Lincolnshire) and was brought up in the village of Wymeswold, Leicestershire. He was educated at Wymeswold School, Loughborough Grammar School, and Keble College, Oxford. At Oxford University, he was a member of the Oxford University Broadcasting Society. His career was spent as a music and sports broadcaster, especially cricket commentary,[2] or BBC radio stations such as Radio Nottingham and Radio Leicester, as well independent stations such as Radio Trent (later Trent FM).[3] He died after a short illness (leptospirosis[4]), aged 56.

John Shaw has been likened to the broadcaster John Peel (a great influence of his) in his musical eclecticism and breadth of knowledge.[5] A 3-hour tribute radio programme for John Shaw, including members of the band Fairport Convention, was broadcast on 20 January 2014.[4]


  1. ^ Thompson, Alan (26 November 2013). "Tributes paid to BBC cricket commentator John Shaw". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  2. ^ Rae, Richard (3 June 2015). "Leicestershire: BBC commentator gets emotional after Foxes win". UK: BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2015. (John Shaw is mentioned at the end of the commentary.)
  3. ^ Hill, Jane (5 December 2013). "Obituary: John Shaw". Ariel. BBC. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Roger (20 January 2014). "Dave Groom's More Than Jazz". Trent Sound.
  5. ^ Beaumont, Ken. "Profile: John Shaw". OoCities. Retrieved 20 January 2014.

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