Former Channel Nine sports presenter and radio shock jock Ron Casey has died at 89.
The former journalist passed away at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
Casey was well-known for his work with the Wide World of Sports program along with his co-presenter Frank Hyde.
Casey also hosted talkback programs on radio stations 2GB, 2SM and 2KY.
During the 1980s, Casey became a vocal campaigner against increasing Asian immigration to Australia although claiming that he wasn’t racist.
Said Casey: “The conspiracy exists among prominent politicians to stifle any debate on the immigration issue, and among ethnic leaders in the community to diffuse any opposition to unlimited Asian immigration. The facts are plain to see. The majority of Australians are against it, but nothing is done to ensure their wishes are fulfilled. I spoke out and was vilified.”
In 1991, he was involved in a sensational incident when he became involved in a live on-air brawl with singer and actor Normie Rowe on Ray Martin’s Midday show.
In May 2000, Casey was suspended from radio station 2GB as a result of alleged inappropriate comments he made on-air. Soon after, he retired from the Sydney media after a career that spanned 50 years.