British broadcaster and musician Sheila Tracy has died.

The radio host's death was announced by BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan on Wednesday (01Oct14).

Shennan said, "Sheila was a wonderful broadcaster with an extensive knowledge and love of big band music... She was a voice on BBC Radio 2 for over 20 years and was much loved by the audience. I'd like to extend my sympathies to her family."

Tracy was born in 1934 and found fame playing the trombone in musical duo The Tracy Sisters before she moved into radio in the 1970s.

She was the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4 and later hosted Big Band Special programmes on BBC Radio 2. In recent years, she presented a show on U.S. station Pure Jazz Radio.

Tracy also wrote the books Bands, Booze & Broads and Talking Swing in the 1990s based on interviews she conducted with jazz and swing musicians.

She was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London in 1997 and was awarded the Alan Dell Trophy for Services to Music in 2002.

Details surrounding her death were not known as Wenn went to press.