Vale David Heard

Wednesday 15 September 2021

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Vale David Heard. Image supplied by PBS

With an incredibly heavy heart we share some devastating PBS news. After a prolonged illness PBS’ longest-serving announcer, David Heard, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sunday night.   

David’s generosity and humility touched everyone, and his contribution to Melbourne’s music scene and Yarra’s community broadcasting sector cannot be understated. David was PBS’ longest serving broadcaster, last year celebrating 40 years of Acid Country on-air here at the station.

‘Everyone loved Heardy. He was a man of great warmth and cheeky good humour, and even when facing such serious illness made a point of asking how everybody else was doing.’ PBS said in a statement released this week.     

As a founding volunteer David always went above and beyond for his beloved PBS. On top of his on-air volunteering Heardy also contributed countless hours as a Board member, programming committee member, and was a part of the outside broadcast committee.

‘Above all else Heardy loved music and over a 40 year period nobody did more to support, promote and encourage musicians in the alt-country and roots realm. David gave space to musicians on Acid Country every week of every year and took every opportunity to champion the Melbourne music scene.’ 

This Thursday September 16 at 3pm PBS will re-broadcast his special 40th anniversary episode of Acid Country presented as part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2020 – the last program Heardy presented live-to-air from his ‘home’ at PBS’ Easey St studios.

To listen go to

A private memorial service with immediate family and friends will be held under COVID guidelines. 

PBS has been inundated with messages of love, support and tributes for David. If you'd like to share yours with the PBS community, please add it here.



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