Former controller of BBC Radio 1 Johnny Beerling described Mike Smith "as a very versatile broadcaster and a very original one" as he could easily switch between radio and TV. He added: "He was a wonderful broadcaster, a good lad, and we will miss him."
He recalled that Smith was good with a live audience, noting that "he was a very good racing driver as well, so he had good reactions" and could also pull off a good stunt. Mr Beerling told BBC News: "On April 1 1986 he announced that he would have Prince playing live on his show. Everybody got very excited about all of this - but it turned out not to be Prince the rock star, but Prince Edward, who was friendly with Mike."
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