Popular '80s community radio pioneer Libby Widdup (nee Sanders) dies


ENGAGING: Former Radio 2NC presenter Libby Widdup (nee Sanders).

ENGAGING: Former Radio 2NC presenter Libby Widdup (nee Sanders).

Libby (Elisabeth) Widdup (nee Sanders)

After fighting cancer for over 20 years, popular ’80s Radio 2NC presenter Libby Widdup (nee Sanders) died peacefully surrounded by family at her home on The Hill on Thursday.

Ms Widdup was the first full-time female presenter on 2NC Radio, now known as 1233 ABC Newcastle.

She worked the morning shift in a time when 2NC began to define itself as a true local radio station.

Former colleague Marjorie Biggins said Ms Widdup was “incredibly well-known and liked”.

“There was a lot of meat in her program,” Ms Biggins said. “She would tackle all sorts of issues and it was very intelligent radio at that time.”

Off air, Ms Widdup immersed herself in the community.

She is survived by husband Mark and children Margot and Josh.

Her life will be celebrated at Christchurch Cathedral on March 24 at 2.30pm. It is requested no flowers or donations be made.