Les Hay passed away last Saturday at the age of 97.
His funeral was held today, Monday 5th January, 11am, at Northern Suburbs Crematorium.
Les was Sales Manager of both 2UW and 2SM during the 50s – 70s.
He also spent time at 2UE in the late 70s doing research work for John Brennan, before retiring after a highly successful career in the radio industry.
Les Hay came to radio (2UW) in 1952, after ten years in newspapers. In an interview, available from the Film and Sound Archive, he discusses a number of his 2UW colleagues of the time, including Sir Lincoln Hynes, Bert Robertson, Des Mahon, Alan Toohey, Bill Hardy and Reg Grundy.
After eight years at 2UE, he joined 2SM in 1960, at the time of the Good Guys (Bob Rogers, Mike Walsh, Tony Murphy and others). While Hay was at 2SM, the station pioneered adult-oriented rock (AOR). He left in 1980 and started his own multi-media business, ARMS, working for 2UE and other stations.
Former colleague John Brennan has told radioinfo that Les and his wife Dorothy lived in Lindfield for many years, only moving into Lourdes Retirement Village some 10 years ago. Les is survived by the well respected and loved Dorothy, three sons and two daughters.
RIP Les Hay.