Vale Don Dwyer

One of Geelong’s most beloved radio characters.

Don ‘Mad Dog’ Dwyer passed away on Sunday after suffering a stroke at home late last week. 

Dwyer was heard for many years on 3GL (now K rock), and began his radio career in the 60s at Albury’s 2AY before moving to London.

He later returned to Australia and spent time at Melbourne’s 3DB before heading to Geelong where he became a fixture at 3GL, and also operated his own ‘Double D’ radio school in the 1980s, assisting many young future stars.

After his time on air, Dwyer turned to work in promotions and then sales at K rock and bay 93.9.

Dwyer was also well-known for his role as ground announcer at AFL club Geelong’s home matches in the 1990s, with his weekly reminder for fans to “please remain off the oval until after the second siren” a regular part of the Kardinia Park footy experience for many years.

He announced his retirement a few years ago, and spent his time travelling around Australia with wife Annette.

“We were his family away from family, and we shall treasure those moments we had,” K rock and bay 93.9 general manager Andy Mathers said on Monday.

“I had the pleasure of working with Donny and calling him a mate for many years across a number of different roles.”