Bill Heine Bio
Bill Heine (1944/1945 – 2 April 2019) was an American-born British radio broadcaster and writer based in Oxford, England.
Heine started working for BBC Radio Oxford since 1983, and was considered by many to be very opinionated and perhaps somewhat controversial in the field of radio presenting. He was not afraid to speak his mind and allowed his listeners to do the same during his former afternoon phone-in show. Heine’s last regular broadcast was on 24 April 2016.
Bill Heine Education
American-born, Heine lived in Oxford since studying for a postgraduate degree at Balliol College in the late 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s, he ran both the Penultimate Picture Palace cinema in East Oxford and the Moulin Rouge Cinema (which he later renamed Not The Moulin Rouge) in Headington. He employed the sculptor John Buckley to design a giant pair of hands to adorn the former, and a giant pair of legs for the latter.
Bill Heine Jobs
Heine employed Buckley again in 1986 to design a 25 ft fibreglass sculpture of a shark that appears to be crashing through the roof of the house he lived within, in the Headington area of Oxford, creating a somewhat controversial local landmark.
The broadcaster also ran two independent cinemas, including the Penultimate Picture Palace, and installed the city’s iconic fibreglass artwork, the Headington Shark.
Bill Heine Cause of Death
So sad to hear Bill Heine has died. Oxford’s marvellous American friend and mine too. He deserves to be remembered for so much more than the shark house. God bless Bill. https://t.co/yW00ElaTg8
— Simon O’Neill (@SimonO19) April 3, 2019
He was diagnosed with a terminal form of leukaemia in July 2017.
Heine worked for the BBC as a presenter for more than 30 years until leaving in 2016.
He also wrote a regular column for the Oxford Mail, and former editor Simon O’Neill said he was “Oxford’s marvellous American friend”.
Heine’s book about his radio career, Heinstein of the Airwaves, was published by Chris Andrews Publications on 31 October 2008, and his book about his infamous sculpture, The Hunting of the Shark, was published by Oxfordfolio on 9 August 2011.
In November 2017, Heine revealed that he had been diagnosed with terminal acute myeloid leukemia. He died at home on 2 April 2019.
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