Much-loved DJ was last of the old school and a Dubai icon
Dubai has lost the last of an old-school generation of DJs. Veteran Dubai Eye DJ Jason Lumber, best loved for his combination of an off-the-wall sense of humour and oldschool radio voice, passed away on Monday night after battling cancer for nine months. His sound was so distinct he was give the nickname Mr Voice. The 68 year-old was an original turntablist, from a different era in radio history before the dawn of computers and CDs, said his former colleague Mark Lloyd, who worked with Lumber on the Dubai Eye Entertainment Today show for nine years. “He was super famous, everybody knew Jason. He had just an incredible voice,”said Lloyd. “His voice was fantastic. He really did have the old-school radio voice. You could just give him a box of records and put him on the radio, he would make a very entertaining show that everyone would enjoy listening to.” Lumber started out on the BBC Music Show before joining Dubai’s first English language radio station, Dubai 92, in 1990. By Shoshana Kedem
In 2007 he joined Dubai Eye where he blended a mix of disco classics and hits from the 70s and 80s for nine years, before stepping down after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “We’re devastated at Dubai Eye,” added Lloyd. “We had tributes playing out throughout the morning.
“All our presenters on every show had a special tribute to Jason, who was totally loved and completely admired at Dubai Eye 103.8.”
One stand-out moment in Lumber’s 20-year career on Dubai radio was when he took to the airwaves with his voice-over skills to impersonate Tom Jones.
Lloyd added: “One year when Tom Jones was here at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club for a concert, one of our colleagues had an interview which Tom couldn’t make because he got stuck in traffic so Jason actually went on air with Phil Blizzard and actually sounded like Tom Jones.”
Lumber is survived by his wife and two children.
ICON: Dubai radio legend Jason Lumber