Much-loved DJ was last of the old school and a Dubai icon

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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

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