Australian country music identity Reg Lindsay has died at a Newcastle Hospital, aged 79.
He died of pneumonia after a long battle with illness, surrounded by his wife Roslyn and three daughters. In 1994 he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and after a long rehabilitation suffered a heart attack.

Reg’s first radio program was on Radio 2CH in 1952. He took over the morning country music show which was changed to an evening time slot and it was planned to have a live audience in the station’s auditorium while the show was broadcast.

The station really promoted the new show and on the night of the first broadcast there was a huge audience with many people having to be turned away.

After a few months Reg started with Radio 2SM where his program ‘The Reg Lindsay Show’ was broadcast for many years on a regular Saturday night time slot. Reg was also a part of the weekly live-to-air ‘Bonnington’s Bunkhouse Show’ which was broadcast nationally on Radio 2GB.