Death of Australian radio icon Peter Harvie: Kyle Sandilands and Andy Lee lead tributes

Australian radio icon Peter Harvie dies: Kyle Sandilands and Andy Lee pay tribute to legendary Austereo chairman and advertising executive

Tributes are pouring in after the death of Australian radio icon Peter Harvie.

Harvie was a media and publicity executive best known for being the longtime former chairman of Austereo, which later became Southern Cross Austereo.

During his five decades in the industry, he has mentored several generations of radio talent, including Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Eddie McGuire and Kyle Sandilands.

Vale: Tributes are pouring in after the death of Australian radio icon Peter Harvie (pictured in 2014) Harvie was a media and publicity executive best known for being the longtime former chairman of Austereo, which later became Southern Cross Austereo.

Sandilands tweeted on Sunday: “Just learned of the passing of former @SCA Director Peter Harvie. Peter was a true boss in every sense of the word.

“He saved me more than once in my career and above all allowed the creatives to shine. Peter will be missed, but his teachings and advice will live on.

Lee wrote on Instagram: ‘I have just learned of the death of one of the great humans I have ever known. He protected Hamish and me as we made our way through the industry and was a listening ear for all my questions along the way.

“Good mentors are hard to come by and I hope you knew how much I appreciated your bits of wisdom. President Harvie, you will be sorely missed. You have been on my wall for ten years and you will stay there. A big love, President Lee.

Tribute: In his five decades in the industry, Harvie has mentored several generations of radio talent, including Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Eddie McGuire and Kyle Sandilands.  Many stars who owe their careers to Harvie paid tribute to him this weekend

Tribute: In his five decades in the industry, Harvie has mentored several generations of radio talent, including Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Eddie McGuire and Kyle Sandilands. Many stars who owe their careers to Harvie paid tribute to him this weekend

Comedian Tony Martin tweeted: “Peter Harvie was the biggest Martin/Molloy fan, and it was his idea that I come back and do Get This”. So if you like this show, you need to raise your glass to this naughty, smart and generous gentleman. A real one-off.’

Triple M host Eddie McGuire told Mediaweek he last spoke Harvie two weeks ago.

“Many years past retirement age, he was still an executive who could ‘read the game’ of technology and was fully engaged in what was happening or about to happen rather than reveling in the glories past,” he said.

Grateful: 'He saved me more than once in my career and above all allowed creatives to shine.  Peter will be missed but his teachings and guidance will live on,' Sandilands tweeted.

Grateful: ‘He saved me more than once in my career and above all allowed creatives to shine. Peter will be missed but his teachings and guidance will live on,’ Sandilands tweeted.

“I will miss our lunches at France-Soir, his support and his advice. When it comes to the media, Peter Harvie “got it”. We have lost one of the greatest.

Harvie thebegan his career as a radio editor with Clemenger in 1966, before becoming managing director of the advertising agency Clemenger Harvie in 1974.

He became Executive Chairman of Austereo Group Ltd in 2001, before leading Austereo’s merger with Southern Cross Broadcasting in 2011.

Harvie’s career ended in 2017 when he retired from the SCA board. It was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tributes: Andy Lee wrote on Instagram: 'Just learned of the passing of one of the great humans I have ever known.  He protected Hamish and me as we made our way through the industry and was a listening ear for all my questions along the way.  (Photo: Andy Lee and Hamish Blake)

Tributes: Andy Lee wrote on Instagram: ‘Just learned of the passing of one of the great humans I have ever known. He protected Hamish and me as we made our way through the industry and was a listening ear for all my questions along the way. (Photo: Andy Lee and Hamish Blake)

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