British DJ Ian Lang, who had made Malta his home some 32 years ago, has sadly passed away on Thursday morning at age 55, according to announcements made on social media by both his wife Kathy Lang and his employers at Eden Leisure Group, namely Bay Radio.
Lang had worked around the globe before he took up his first job here in Malta as a resident DJ with Eden Leisure Group, way back then at their Styx-2 nightclub, a period very often so fondly reminisced by many and aptly defined as the best clubbing times. With the entertainment and music industry at the core of his life, while not being himself able to sing or dance, DJing was the next obvious job Lang could take up to actually get other people to stand, sign and dance. Many also recall him at other venues like Axis and Numero Uno clubs.
With the advent of broadcasting pluralism in Malta, he was soon on Eden Leisure Group’s bay Radio in 1992. Radio was always another interest of Lang’s and his involvement from day 1 at the station made him a mainstay on its frequency and local airwaves, with his own dedicated time slot on Friday nights between 8 and 10 p.m. which was followed by live sets from the Styx dance floor.
Like any fine wine which matures with age, Ian Lang then adopted the midmorning show between 10.30 a.m. right up to 1.30 p.m., along with two other 2-hour shows on Bay Radio’s sister station on the DAB+ platform, Bay Easy between 3 and 5 pm.
In their own announcement, Bay Radio attribute Ian Lang for having shaped their station to what it is today, saying that they remain in “deep shock” at the news of his passing. He was described by Eden Leisure Group as “Fiercely loyal, strong-willed, and always bright and cheery. A friend to all and a mentor to so many that are with 89.7 Bay today.”
DJ Ian Lang leaves behind his wife Kathy Lang and his three daughters, Emily, Hannah and Mia. Details of his funeral would be shared shortly.