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Bill Heine's house with The Headington Shark in Headington, Oxford, England.

Bill Heine (9 January 1945 – 2 April 2019) was an American-born British radio broadcaster and writer based in Oxford, England. [1]

Oxford City and non-metropolitan district in England

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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. [2]

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. [3] Bill and his friend, the sculptor John Buckley designed a giant pair of hands to adorn the former, and a giant pair of legs for the latter.

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John Buckley (sculptor) British sculptor

John Buckley is an English sculptor whose best known work is the sculpture "Untitled 1986", better known as "the Shark House" or "The Headington Shark" in Headington, a suburb of Oxford.

Together Heine and Buckley, again, in 1986 came up with the 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. [4]

<i>The Headington Shark</i> sculpture

The Headington Shark is a rooftop sculpture located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, England, depicting a large shark embedded head-first in the roof of a house.

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. [5]

In November 2017, Heine revealed that he had been diagnosed with terminal acute myeloid leukemia. [6] He died at home on 2 April 2019. [7]

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  1. "Presenter Profile: Bill Heine". BBC News . Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. "Bill Heine". BBC Radio Oxford. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. "Cinema, New High Street". Headington history: Miscellaneous. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. "In praise of... the Headington shark". The Guardian. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. Heine, Bill (2011). The Hunting of the Shark. Oxford: Oxfordfolio. ISBN   978-0-9567405-2-6. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  6. "Bill Heine: 'Doctors have given me 18 months to live - and I've already had three of them'". Oxford Mail.
  7. "Tributes flood in after death of Oxford's Bill Heine". Oxford Mail.