Popular radio and TV host, and Bendigo High School Alumni, Barry Washington has been remembered as “one hell of a nice guy” following his death on December 22.

Mr Washington began his radio career at 3BO Bendigo when he was 18 years old, and soon after joined BCV-8 Bendigo.

He continued reading the late news while running the Golden Fleece Roadhouse in Golden Square with his wife Helen, and later built and operated the Homestead Motor Inn in High Street.

His radio commitments grew when he was approached to present the “Sound-a-bout” talkback program on 3BO.

In the ensuing years his radio career took him to Sydney and Whyalla before returning to Victoria as manager of 3HA Hamilton.

Mr Washington moved into TV in the 80s as an announcer, news reader, producer and director at STV8 Mildura.

He joined KLFM last year hosting the afternoon show.

KLFM Manager Brad Geier said Mr Washington was a talented and popular announcer.

“He had golden tonsils – just a beautiful voice – and was one hell of a nice guy,” he said.

“We are just so fortunate to have had Barry with us, sharing his wealth of knowledge.”

Mr Washington is survived by his wife of 47 years, Helen, children Peter and Sarah, and five grandchildren.