Gaydio founder Simon ‘Nicksy’ Nicks passed away aged just 44

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Simon ‘Nicksy’ Nicks was a presenter of the annual Manchester Pride event and a founding part of LGBT radio station Gaydio. The source informs that he died in May and lots of tributes were paid by his fans, listeners and mates from community. His widower, Liam Nathan Nicks, described his late husband as “brave and determined” in an emotional tribute, adding that no one could ever replace his spouse who was the most caring man he had ever known. Born in Gateshead, Nicksy began his career in 1992 when he was recruited as an Atlantic252 presenter. At the time the station was using an Irish frequency to create a national commercial station for the UK without the permission of the Radio Authority. Former Lord Mayor of Manchester and Mr Gay UK, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan knew the DJ for a long time and he also mourns for him. “We hit it off straight away and became friends. He was a massive advocate of Manchester’s Gay Village as soon as he moved to the city, he was very committed to the village not only working in the heart of it but living there as well. Nicksy helped launch Gaydio when it was just a few hours a day for 28 days of the year before it got its full-time license. He hosted the drive time show with Rowetta, which he did for free to help establish the station. Having someone of his stature on Gaydio gave it gravitas and led the station to where it is today. He then allowed the station to broadcast his networked talk show, Late Night Nicksy. The show was one of the most inclusive things I’ve ever heard in broadcasting, not least because of some of the bizarre topics he brought up,” he writes.

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